Third Edition FAQs

Al-Kitaab Third Edition FAQs

A Note about the Companion Websites

Many of you are currently using the Smart Sparrow companion websites for Alif Baa, Al-Kitaab Part One, and Al-Kitaab Part Two. We recently received news from Smart Sparrow that their platform had been acquired by Pearson and all of the Smart Sparrow companion websites would be shut down effective December 31, 2020. We know this will come as a disappointment to many of you, as it is to us. We sincerely regret the inconvenience this may cause and want to assure you that we are determined to provide you with a better online experience to replace Smart Sparrow.

We have quickly begun looking for a new platform for the companion websites. As soon as we have more information, we will share it with you. 

In the meantime, you and your students can use any of the Smart Sparrow websites for free until December 31, 2020 by clicking here.

If you are a teacher, choose Teach to request access. If you are a student, wait for an invitation from your teacher so that you can be connected to their course. If you are an independent learner, choose Enroll. FAQs for the new websites are available here.   

As of August 1, 2019, all of the multimedia you need to teach and learn with Al-Kitaab Third Edition are available at www.AlkitaabTextbook.com

 

The Al-Kitaab Arabic Language Program third edition includes: 

  • Alif Baa: An Introduction to Letters and Sounds, Student’s Edition
  • Alif Baa: An Introduction to Letters and Sounds, Teacher’s Edition
  • Al-Kitaab fii Ta callum al-cArabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part One, Student’s Edition
  • Al-Kitaab fii Ta callum al-cArabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part One, Teacher’s Edition 
  • Al-Kitaab fii Ta callum al-cArabiyya: A Textbook for Arabic, Part Two, Student’s Edition
  • Al-Kitaab fii Ta callum al-cArabiyya: A Textbook for Arabic, Part Two, Teacher’s Edition

 

FAQs

  1. What is the sequence of the Al-Kitaab Arabic Language Program? Where do students start and how long will it take them to complete each level?
  2. Can I still order the Second Edition textbooks? 
  3. Where can I find Al-Kitaab fii Ta callum al-cArabiyya: A Textbook for Arabic, Part Three, Third Edition?
  4. What is included with the Teacher’s Edition?
  5. What is included with the Student’s Edition?
  6. Are the Al-Kitaab Third Edition textbooks available as eTextbooks?
  7. The textbooks used to be sold with DVDs. Can I still purchase a DVD? 
  8. I have misplaced one of my DVDs or I prefer them. Can I still purchase any DVDs?
  9. Is the multimedia keyed to the text? Or does it stand alone as supplemental material?
  10. I am a teacher. Is the answer key provided free when I purchase an Al-Kitaab textbook?
  11. I am a student. Is the answer key provided free when I purchase an Al-Kitaab textbook?
  12. Where can I purchase the answer key?
  13. I live outside the United States. How do I purchase a copy of one of the Al-Kitaab books?

 

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1.  What is the sequence of the Al-Kitaab Arabic Language Program? Where do students start and how long will it take them to complete each level?

The program is designed for college-level use and can be paced according to you program. It begins with Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds, which introduces the basic skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and cultural understanding, as well as introducing Egyptian and Levantine dialects alongside Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), and provides the first 20 to 25 contact hours of instruction.

Students then proceed onto Al-Kitaab fii TacAllum AlcArabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic: Part One. This volume covers approximately 130-150 contact hours of instruction in which students should achieve an intermediate-mid to intermediate-high level of proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The book provides vocabulary activities, introduces students to grammar using spiraling and inference, and exposes students to Egyptian colloquial Arabic (Levantine colloquial Arabic is added in the third edition) through exercises and a number of short video clips. Accompanying audio and video present dialogues, vocabulary, and cultural situations for learning.

Al-Kitaab fii TacAllum AlcArabiyya: A Textbook for Arabic: Part Two is the next volume in the series. Covering 150 contact hours of instruction, Part Two brings students to the advanced level of proficiency–stressing various skills–and introduces learners to facets of Arab culture and societies.

The final volume in the program, Al-Kitaab fii TacAllum AlcArabiyya: A Textbook for Arabic: Part Three continues the same approach used in Part Two and aims to take students to the advanced-high level of proficiency. Part Three covers 125-150 contact hours of instruction.

All of the multimedia (audio and video) are available at www.AlkitaabTextbook.com and are fully integrated with each textbook.  

2.  Can I still order the second edition textbooks? 

The second edition textbooks will continue to be available from Georgetown University Press. Both editions are available simultaneously and will remain so indefinitely. For more information, see press.georgetown.edu 

3. Where can I find Al-Kitaab fii Ta callum al-cArabiyya: A Textbook for Arabic, Part Three, Third Edition? 

A third edition of Al-Kitaab Part Three was never released. The original edition is available with a cover that matches the second edition textbooks. You can find out more at press.georgetown.edu

4. What is included in the Teacher’s Edition?

Each Teacher’s Edition is available in print or eTextbook format and includes the full student text and the answer key shrink-wrapped together. You can request an examination or desk copy of print textbooks here. To request access to the eTextbooks, please visit VitalSource.com and select “Faculty Sampling” in the upper right-hand corner, then search for the books you want. Please make sure you request the Teacher’s Edition so you will have access to the answer key as well (not the Student’s).  

5.  What is included in the Student’s Edition?

The Alif Baa and Al-Kitaab Part One Student’s Editions are available in either paperback or hardcover; Al-Kitaab Part Two Student’s Editions are available only in paperback. All books are also available as eTextbooks. To find out more, please visit press.georgetown.edu. All audio and video needed to complete the exercises in the books is available at www.AlKitaabTextbook.com

6.  Are the Al-Kitaab Third Edition textbooks available as eTextbooks?

Yes! All three of the third edition textbooks are available as eTextbooks via VitalSource.com. Please visit press.georgetown.edu to find out more. 

7.  The Al-Kitaab Third Edition textbooks used to be sold with DVDs. Can I still purchase a DVD? 

As of August 2019, Georgetown University Press no longer sells the companion DVDs. All of the audio and video that used to be on the DVDs and that students and instructors need to complete the exercises in the books is available on www.AlkitaabTextbook.com.  

8.  I have misplaced one of my DVDs. Can I still purchase any DVDs?

As of August 2019, Georgetown University Press no longer sells the companion DVDs. All of the audio and video students and instructors need is available on www.AlkitaabTextbook.com

9.  Is the multimedia keyed to the text? Or does it stand alone as supplemental material?

All of the audio and video is keyed to the text. There are icons throughout each textbook indicating when students should listen to or watch something. All multimedia is available on AlKitaabTextbook.com

10.  I am a teacher. Is the answer key provided free when I purchase an Al-Kitaab textbook?

If you request a desk or exam copy of a Teacher’s Edition, you will receive both the textbook and corresponding answer key. We do not provide free answer keys with Student Edition textbooks.

11.  I am a student. Is the answer key provided free when I purchase an Al-Kitaab textbook?

No. We do not provide free answer keys with any program components. All Teacher’s Editions of the Third Edition textbooks include the answer key shrink-wrapped together.

12.  Where can I purchase the answer key?

Most bookstores do not carry answer keys. Answer keys can be ordered online for a nominal fee from Georgetown University Press at press.georgetown.edu or by contacting one of our distributors.

13.  I live outside the United States. How do I purchase a copy of one of the Al-Kitaab books? 

Any Georgetown University Press book can be purchased outside the United States. Visit our list of distributors to find your regional sales contact. Don’t forget to access the multimedia for the Al-Kitaab at www.AlKitaabTextbook.com!