LINGUIST List 15.2507

Thu Sep 9 2004

Books: Applied Ling, Arabic: Brustad et al

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  1. gla2, Alif Baa with DVDs: Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi

Message 1: Alif Baa with DVDs: Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi

Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 13:17:49 -0400 (EDT)
From: gla2 <>
Subject: Alif Baa with DVDs: Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi

Title: Alif Baa with DVDs
Subtitle: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds, Second Edition 

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	Georgetown University Press 

Book URL:

Author: Kristen Brustad, Emory University
Author: Mahmoud Al-Batal, Emory University
Author: Abbas Al-Tonsi, American University in Cairo 

Paperback: ISBN: 1589011023, Pages: 184, Price: U.S. $39.95
	 Comment: includes 2 DVDs bound in 

Newly revised and packaged with DVDs containing both audio and video
exercises, 'Alif Baa with DVDs: Introduction to Arabic Letters and
Sounds', is the first part of the 'Al-Kitaab' program. It teaches
learners to recognize and produce both letters and sounds accurately
through a variety of exercises designed to develop listening, reading,
and writing skills. In addition, it introduces a range of Arabic from
colloquial to standard in authentic contexts, video footage of an
Arabic calligrapher, and a large collection of street signs from
Morocco, Egypt, and Lebanon.

In conjunction with learning how to read and write the alphabet, 'Alif
Baa' introduces about 150 basic vocabulary words, including
conventional forms of politeness and social greetings. Standard Arabic
vocabulary is more evenly distributed throughout the book, introduced
through color pictures on DVD and activated through book and classroom
exercises. Social greetings are introduced through new versions of
dialogue that take place in an Egyptian context. Finally, it includes
capsules on Arab culture as well as an English-Arabic glossary. 'Alif
Baa' provides the essential first twenty to twenty-five contact hours
of instruction that lay the groundwork for the rest of the 'Al-Kitaab'
language program.

Lingfield(s):	Applied Linguistics
Subject Language(s):	Arabic, Standard (Language code: ABV)
Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG) 

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