Third Editions FAQs

Companion Website Updates (summer 2019)

We will change platforms for the companion websites during the summer of 2019. If you are currently using the companion websites for a summer course, you can continue to access your class and your students can continue to complete their exercises by logging into books.quia.com. After July 15, 2019, teachers will not be able to create new courses on Quia and students will not be able to purchase access to or redeem codes for the websites on books.quia.com. 

As of August 1, 2019, teachers and students will be able to gain access to the companion websites on the new platform at guptextbooks.com. More information is available at alkitaabtextbook.com. FAQs for the new websites are available at http://www.georgetownuniversitypresstextbooks.com/aero-faq.

 

Third Editions released

In the spring of 2010, Georgetown University Press released a third edition of Alif Baa: An Introduction to Letters and Sounds.

In the spring of 2011, Georgetown University Press released a third edition of Al-Kitaab fii Ta callum al-cArabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part One.

In August 2013, Georgetown University Press released a third edition of Al-Kitaab fii Ta callum al-cArabiyya: A Textbook for Arabic, Part Two.

Currently there is no timeline for the release of a second edition of Al-Kitaab fii Ta callum al-cArabiyya: A Textbook for Arabic, Part Three.

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. How is Alif Baa, Third Edition different from Alif Baa with Multimedia, Second Edition?
  3. Can I still order Alif Baa with Mulitmedia, Second Edition?
  4. How long will Al-Kitaab Part One, Second Edition be available?
  5. What is included in the Teacher’s Edition?
  6. What is included in the Student’s Edition?
  7. When will the Third Edition of Al-Kitaab, Part One be available?
  8. When will the Third Edition of Al-Kitaab, Part Two be available?
  9. Can I still get older versions of the textbooks in the Al-Kitaab program?
  10. Are the companion DVD and website components of the third edition sold separately or are they packaged with the textbook?
  11. I have misplaced one of my DVDs. Can I purchase just the DVD I need?
  12. What is included in the DVD and is it keyed to the text? Or does it stand alone as supplemental material?
  13. What material is on the companion website?
  14. Do I still need the Audio on the Go™ CD once the third editions are released?
  15. Is the answer key provided free when I purchase an Al-Kitaab textbook?
  16. Where I can purchase the answer key?
  17. Are the DVD and online access available for purchase in foreign countries?
  18. What equipment do I need to play the third edition DVDs?
  19. Alkitaabtextbook.com Companion Website Minimum System Requirements
  20. FOR TEACHERS: How to Access the Companion Website
  21. FOR TEACHERS: Is there a demo of the website that I can examine before I adopt or purchase the book?
  22. FOR TEACHERS: How to Create an Instructor Account and Course on alkitaabtextbook.com
  23. FOR TEACHERS: Adding Students to Your Course on alkitaabtextbook.com
  24. FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS: Do I need to purchase the book or can I purchase access to the website only and have everything that I need?
  25. FOR STUDENTS: Is there a demo of the website that I can see before I purchase the book?
  26. FOR STUDENTS: Using the Companion Website as Assigned by an Instructor
  27. FOR STUDENTS: Using the Companion Website for Independent Study
  28. FOR STUDENTS:  If I am not enrolled in a class, are teachers provided on the website?
  29. FOR ADMINISTRATORS AND TEACHERS: How do I purchase multiple companion website access keys for a group of students? 

* * *

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 over a four-year period. The program 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, 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 various facets of Arab culture and Arab 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.

With the release of the third editions of this important textbook series, all audio, video, and interactive self-correcting exercises will move to a companion website at http://www.alkitaabtextbook.com/. Each textbook also includes a convenient DVD that includes all the basic audio and video files (no interactive exercises) for offline study that will play in iTunes and iTunes-compatible portable media players that play video, such as iPods. This DVD allows students without reliable internet access to complete the lessons. The book is designed, however, to be used with the companion website and it will give teachers and students more functionality. See the end of this FAQ for system requirements for the online component and accompanying DVD.

2.  How is Alif Baa, Third Edition different from Alif Baa with Multimedia, Second Edition?

 
The third edition of Alif Baa: An Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds has been significantly revised and includes many new features:

  •  
    • Four-color design throughout the book features over 100 illustrations and photographs
    • Integrates the learning of spoken and formal, exposing students to Egyptian, Levantine, and formal Arabic, allowing teachers to choose which varieties to activate
    • Gives learners and instructors color-coded words and phrases for the variety of language they wish to activate: Egyptian, Levantine, and/or formal Arabic (MSA)
    • Introduces over 200 basic vocabulary words in all three forms of spoken and written Arabic side by side and activates them in interactive homework exercises and classroom group work
    • Includes video dialogues of a story following two characters both in Egyptian and in Levantine, filmed in Cairo and Damascus, adding the story previously only available on the DVD of Levantine Videos for Al-KitaabArabic Language Program
    • Includes new Arabic-English glossary alongside the English-Arabic glossary, searchable in the companion website
    • New companion website http://alkitaabtextbook.com features an integrated set of interactive exercises with all the video and audio materials and additional online course management and grading options for teachers
    • Textbook includes a convenient DVD with the basic audio and video materials (no interactive exercises) for offline study that will play in iTunes and iTunes-compatible portable media players, such as iPods

3.  Can I still order Alif Baa with Mulitmedia, Second Edition?

 Alif Baa, Third Edition (paperback ISBN 978-1-58901-632-3, hardcover ISBN 978-1-58901-644-6 ) is now available. Alif Baa with Multimedia, Second Edition (ISBN 978-1-58901-506-7) will continue to be available from Georgetown University Press for the indefinite future. Both editions are available simultaneously and will remain so indefinitely.

4. How long will Al-Kitaab Part One, Second Edition be available?

 Al-Kitaab Part One, Second Edition (ISBN 978-1-58901-104-5) will continue to be available from Georgetoen University Press for the indefinite future. Both the third edition of Part One and the second edition of Part One are available simultaneously and will remain so indefinitely.

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

 Each teacher’s edition is provided in paperback format and includes the full student text, accompanying DVD, and the answer key all bound into one book. Each teacher’s edition also includes a code for accessing the companion website and instructions on how to set up your class to monitor your students’ progress online. To obtain an examination or desk copy of this book, please follow our desk and exam copy policy.

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

 Each student’s edition is available in either paperback or hardcover and includes the complete textbook and accompanying DVD.

A companion website is available as a separate purchase. To learn more about the companion website and see a preview, visit http://www.alkitaabtextbook.com/demo/34853.html

7.  When will the Third Edition of Al-Kitaab, Part One be available?

 Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya with Website: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic: Part One, Third Edition is now available.

8. When will the Third Edition of Al-Kitaab, Part Two be available?

Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya: A Textbook for Intermediate Arabic with Website: Part Two, Third Edition is now available. 

9.  Can I still get older versions of the textbooks in the Al-Kitaab program?

The second editions of the Al-Kitaab series and the new third editions of the Al-Kitaab series are both in print and available. The first editions are out of print, with the exception of Al-Kitaab, Part Three, which follows the second editions' format and design but is in its first edition.

10.  Are the companion DVD and website components of the third edition sold separately or are they packaged with the textbook?

As of August 2019, the Al-Kitaab third edition books will no longer be sold with DVDs. All of the audio and video will be available via the companion websites (GeorgetownUniversityPressTextbooks.com). 

11.  I have misplaced one of my DVDs. Can I purchase just the DVD I need?

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 the companion websites (GeorgetownUniversityPressTextbooks.com). 

12.  What is included in the DVD and is it keyed to the text? Or does it stand alone as supplemental material?

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 the companion websites (GeorgetownUniversityPressTextbooks.com). 

13.  What material is on the companion website?

All of the exercises marked with a headphones icon in the book, including all of the audio and video you need to complete them, are on the website. In addition, there are a handful of exercises that are only on the website, as these are best completed using the functionality available there.

14.  Do I still need the Audio on the Go™ CD once the third editions are released

In 2019, the Audio on the Go™ CDs were put out of print. All of the audio and video students and instructors need is available on the companion websites (GeorgetownUniversityPressTextbooks.com).

15.  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 bound into the back of the book.

16.  Where I can 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 www.press.georgetown.edu or by contacting one of our distributors.

17.  Are the DVD and online access available for purchase in foreign countries?

IAs 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 the companion websites (GeorgetownUniversityPressTextbooks.com). To learn more about accessing the online component from a foreign country, please visit http://alkitaabtextbook.com.

18.  What equipment do I need to play the third edition 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 the companion websites (GeorgetownUniversityPressTextbooks.com). 

19.  Alkitaabtextbook.com Companion Website Minimum System Requirements

Please note that Georgetown University Press does not provide person-to-person technical support for the companion website from our offices. For help, please start with the FAQs and submit a support ticket for more help. 

20.  FOR TEACHERS: How to Access the Companion Website

All of the exercises, video, and audio featured in this textbook are also available on our companion website, accessible via http://alkitaabtextbook.com or directly at GeorgetownUniversityPressTextbooks.com.You will also find special course management features and other tools that will help you provide a great learning experience for your students. Please visit these websites to request instructor access and to review FAQs for class set-up. 

Please note: Although instructor access to the companion website is free to those who adopt it for their class, student access is not free. Students need to purchase access with a credit card at http://alkitaabtextbook.com.

21.  FOR TEACHERS: Is there a demo of the website that I can examine before I adopt or purchase the book?
Yes. Please visit GeorgetownUniversityPressTextbooks.com and click Preview to see one chapter of the companion website. You may also request full access. 

22.  FOR TEACHERS: How to Create an Instructor Account and Course on alkitaabtextbook.com

For complete information on creating an account and course, please visit GeorgetownUniversityPressTextbooks.com, click Teach, and review the FAQs

23.  FOR TEACHERS: Adding Students to Your Course on alkitaabtextbook.com

For complete information on creating an account and course, please visit GeorgetownUniversityPressTextbooks.com, click Teach, and review the FAQs

24.  FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS: Do I need to purchase the book or can I purchase access to the website only and have everything that I need?

The website is not a replacement for the book, and it is not an e-book. While all of the exercises from the book are included on the companion website, there are crucial explanations and additional information in the book that are not on the website.

25.  FOR STUDENTS: Is there a demo of the website that I can see before I purchase the book?

Yes. Please visit GeorgetownUniversityPressTextbooks.com and click Preview to see one chapter of the companion website.

26.  FOR STUDENTS: Using the Companion Website as Assigned by an Instructor

If you are enrolled in an Arabic course and your instructor has assigned the companion website along with a third edition textbook, follow these easy steps to get access to the exercises and enroll in the course online:

  • Wait for your teacher to provide you with the Enrollment URL, a unique web address for your class. 
  • Once you have it, click it and set up your Smart Sparrow account. 
  • You will automatically receive a free two-week trial. To continue beyond two weeks, you will need to purchase access directly on the website or enter in your Companion Website Access Code that came with your book. 

27.  FOR STUDENTS: Using the Companion Website for Independent Study

If you are learning Arabic outside of a classroom setting, you may also use the companion website alongside a third edition textbook. To start using the online exercises right away:

  • Go to GeorgetownUniversityPressTextbooks.com, select your book, and click Enroll. Follow the prompts to create an account. You will need a valid e-mail address to do this.
  • You will be prompted to purchase access to the website, which you can do either directly from the website (using a credit card) or by using a Companion Website Access Code that came with your book. 

28.  FOR STUDENTS:  If I am not enrolled in a class, are teachers provided on the website?

No. The website does not include an option for teacher feedback or support unless you areenrolled in a course through an outside academic institution. The website is not a distance learning course and you cannot receive credit for using it.

29. FOR ADMINISTRATORS AND TEACHERS: How do I purchase multiple companion website access keys for a group of students?

To purchase access for your students or for information about site licenses, please contact gupress@georgetown.edu.