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Thu Sep 9 2004

Books: Applied Ling, Arabic: Brustad et al

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  1. gla2, Al-Kitaab fii Ta callum al-cArabiyya with DVDs: Brustad et al

Message 1: Al-Kitaab fii Ta callum al-cArabiyya with DVDs: Brustad et al

Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 14:18:35 -0400 (EDT)
From: gla2 <>
Subject: Al-Kitaab fii Ta callum al-cArabiyya with DVDs: Brustad et al

Title: Al-Kitaab fii Ta callum al-cArabiyya with DVDs
Subtitle: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic: Part One, 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: 158901104x, Pages: 520, Price: U.S. $ 54.95
	 Comment: includes 3 DVDs bound in


'Al-Kitaab: Part One' develops skills in standard Arabic while
providing additional material in both colloquial and classical
Arabic. With new video material and revised and updated text and
excercises, the bound-in and revised DVDs supersede both the former CD
audio set and video DVD previously available only as separate
items--making this singular volume a comprehensive whole for those
immersed in the early and intermediate stages of learning Arabic.

Providing approximately 150 contact hours of college-level
instruction, parts of this revised edition are updated with
contemporary selections for reading comprehension. The organization of
the chapters has been adapted the reflect the most current pedagogical
developments. Audio tracks for vocabulary sections now allow students
to hear a new word followed by a sentence using it in context with
previously acquired vocabulary and grammatical structures, enabling
students to build new vocabulary skills while reviewing old
material. The basic texts have been refilmed with a new cast of
actors. The DVDs also contain substantially more material that exposes
the learner to Egyptian Arabic: students have the options of seeing
and hearing the video of each lesson in both Modern standard Arabic
and Egyptian colloquial Arabic. In addition, a short dialogue in
Egyptian colloquial Arabic appears at the end of each lesson. New
video materials also feature interviews with Egyptians (subtitled in
English) about various aspects of Arab culture, such as gender issues,
fasting in the Muslim and Christian traditions, social clubs and their
significance, and more.

FEATURES OF PART ONE, Second Edition: 
Develops all language-related skills including reading, listening,
speaking, writing, and cultural knowledge

Immediately incorporates extensive use of authentic materials for
reading, listening, and grammatical practice, thus relating abstract
grammatical concepts to practical skills

Presents narrative-based content through audio and video media rather
than written text to develop meaning-focused language processing
skills, utilizing two main characters and their extended families

Develops reading skills through the use of composed texts derived from
the main narrative and authentic texts from newspapers and journals

Introduces grammar using spiraling and inference, challenging students
to discover the grammar of the language by means of analogy, problem
solving, and educated guessing

Reinforces grammar and vocabulary through extensive classroom and
homework exercises that provide constant review and expand to
challenge students as their skills develop

Introduces students to Egyptian colloquial through scenes based on the
main narrative to promote the use of shared vocabulary and structure
of the two registers to increase listening comprehension skills

Contains Arabic-English and English-Arabic glossaries and reference
charts as well as a new grammar index

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

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