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Al-Kitaab Arabic Language Program

Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi

The Al-Kitaab Arabic language textbook program uses a communicative, proficiency-oriented approach with fully integrated audiovisual media to teach modern Arabic as a living language. Designed for anyone interested in learning modern Arabic, the series focuses on developing skills in Modern Standard Arabic and gradually introducing readers to Egyptian Arabic, the most widely spoken dialect in the Arabic-speaking world.

Starting with Alif Baa, students will learn to recognize and produce letters and sounds accurately. At every level students will find additional authentic texts for reading and listening comprehension, vocabulary and grammar exercises, close listening and speaking activities, and cultural background. Each volume reinforces grammar and vocabulary through extensive exercises that provide constant review and expand to challenge students as they gain proficiency. Extra resources such as glossaries, grammatical reference charts, and grammar indexes can be found in many of the volumes.

At each level students will meet and follow the story of characters Maha and Khalid as they attend school, interact with their families, deal with cultural situations, and travel.

Praise for the Al-Kitaab Arabic Language Program

"[Alif Baa] aims to familiarize the student with the pronunciation and writing system and to present a good number of greetings, common phrases and everyday vocabulary . . . An impeccably presented manual."—Forum for Modern Language Studies

"The student hears, sees and reads Arabic, and learning is kept close to an authentic linguistic and cultural experience."—ADFL Bulletin

"This is a revised and updated edition, with new video and audio material and new exercises....An extremely impressive volume."—Forum for Modern Language Studies

"More drills and activities have been worked into the text, giving students more practice in the skills being presented."—MESABulletin

"[T]he authors...have succeeded in genuinely integrating [reading comprehension and listening and speaking activities]... The content of the material as well as its methodological approach makes Al-Kitaab highly recommendable to anyone who wants to learn or teach Arabic communicatively... [It] represents nothing less than a new generation of textbooks."—British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

"This textbook...is a creative approach to learning Arabic."—Middle East Journal

Textbooks: Third Edition

Teacher’s Editions of the Al-Kitaab Third Edition textbooks are now available in print or as an eTextbook. Please visit VitalSource.com for more information on pricing and availability. To request a free copy of any of the Teacher’s Edition eTextbooks, please go to VitalSource.com and select “Faculty Sampling” in the upper right corner.

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Textbooks: Second Edition

At this time, these titles are only available only in print. eTextbooks are coming soon. Please visit this page for updates. 

Note: In the near future, we will move away from DVDs. As of October 1st, 2020, the audio and video for all the second edition books will be available on AlKitaabTextbook.com.

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