Third Editions FAQs

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.

Please visit our website often for updates and announcements regarding the schedule for these new editions.

  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? 

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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 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:

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    • 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 DVDs: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic: Part One, Third Edition was released in July 2011.

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

Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya: A Textbook for Intermediate Arabic: Part Two, Third Edition (both student and teacher editions) was released in August 2013. 

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?

All third edition textbooks will include a convenient DVD with 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.  

Students can purchase access to the companion website http://alkitaabtextbook.com where they will find all the same audio and video materials along with fully integrated self-correcting exercises.

Both options provide students with everything they need to complete the exercises in the book. The book is designed, however, to be used with the companion website and it will give teachers and students much more functionality. See the end of this FAQ for system requirements for the online component and accompanying DVD.

If a student purchases a used textbook and the DVD is missing, he or she can purchase the DVD separately from our website.

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

People who misplace, lose, or damage their third edition DVD, can purchase this item separately on our website. The material on the DVD is the same material that appears on the DVD that comes with the third edition textbooks. There is no new material included on these DVDs.

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

All third edition textbooks will include a convenient DVD with 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.  

Students can purchase access to the companion website http://alkitaabtextbook.com where they will find all the same audio and video materials along with fully integrated self-correcting exercises.

Both options provide students with everything they need to complete the exercises in the book. The book is designed, however, to be used with the companion website and it will give teachers and students much more functionality. See the end of this FAQ for system requirements for the online component and accompanying DVD.

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

Audio on the Go™ CDs are only available for second edition material. The third edition DVD 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; therefore, there is no longer a need for Audio on the Go.™

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?

If you are ordering the DVD from outside of the U.S. please visit our website to learn more about contacting our foreign distributors for ordering information. 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?

The DVDs are designed to be used with a computer. All the basic audio and video files contained on the DVD will play in iTunes and iTunes-compatible portable media players that play video, such as iPods. To download iTunes, visit http://www.apple.com/itunes/. Of course, you will also need headphones or speakers to hear them on any device.

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 read more at http://www.alkitaabtextbook.com/help/books/faq.html or contact website tech support at http://www.alkitaabtextbook.com/support.html

Windows

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    • OS: Microsoft Windows 98, NT, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, 7
    • CPU: 233MHz Pentium Based
    • RAM: 128MB
    • DISPLAY: 1024x768, color display
    • BROWSER: Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher, or Firefox version 3.0 or higher
    • CONNECTION SPEED: A high-speed connection with throughput of 256 Kbps or more is recommended to use audio and video components.
    • EQUIPMENT: You will need speakers or a headset to listen to audio and video components.
    • PLUG-INS: You must have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player installed.

Macintosh

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    • OS: Mac OSX
    • CPU: 233MHz Power Macintosh
    • RAM: 128MB
    • DISPLAY: 1024x768, color display
    • BROWSER: Firefox version 3.0 or higher, or Safari 3.0 or higher
    • CONNECTION SPEED: A high-speed connection with throughput of 256 Kbps or more is recommended to use audio and video components.
    • EQUIPMENT: You will need speakers or a headset to listen to audio and video components.
    • PLUG-INS: You must have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player installed.

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 at http://alkitaabtextbook.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 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.

There are three ways for instructors to access the exercises and course management features:

  1. Go to http://alkitaabtextbook.com, click Create an account, enter in the Instructor Book Key, and you can begin accessing your course immediately. For more help, follow the directions below.
  2. Go to http://www.alkitaabtextbook.com/books/bookstore.html , click Adoptions and Trials, and fill out the form. This allows you to examine the complete features of Alif Baa’s online exercises in Unit 3 for thirty days, including all of the course management features that will be available to you if you adopt the book. Follow the directions below for examining the online exercises.
  3. Go to http://www.alkitaabtextbook.com/books/bookstore.html and click Preview. This allows you to see the complete contents and functionality of Unit 3 but it does not include access to the course management features for teachers.

21.  FOR TEACHERS: Is there a demo of the website that I can examine before I adopt or purchase the book?
Yes. You have two options to see the material before you adopt or purchase the book:

  1. To examine all of the features that will be available to you if you adopt the book, go to http://www.alkitaabtextbook.com/books/bookstore.html , click Adoptions and Trials, and fill out the form. This allows you to examine the Alif Baa’s online exercises in Unit 3 for thirty days, including all of the course management features for teachers.
  2. To view the online content and functionality of a typical unit in Alif Baa, go to http://www.alkitaabtextbook.com/books/bookstore.html and click Preview. This allows you to see the complete contents and functionality of Unit 3 but it does not include access to the course management features for teachers.

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

  • To use the online exercises for your course, you must first create an account. Go to http://alkitaabtextbook.com and click Create an account. Complete the form using a valid e-mail address.
  • The Instructor Book Key is printed on the inside front cover of the book (in a box at the top of the page). Enter it into the box provided and click Go.
  • You’ll be prompted to create a course. Enter the course title, school information, and start and end dates for your course and click Submit. Then click Create Classes Now and fill out the form with your class information.
  • You should now have access to the book in your Instructor Workstation. Your course has been created and you are now ready to explore!

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

  • Students must enroll themselves in your course. Before they can enroll, however, you must provide them with the Course Code, which will enroll them into your course. You can find the Course Code in your online Instructor Workstation under your course description.
  • The easiest way to tell your students how to sign up for your course is to hand out registration instructions. Just click on your course title to enter the course, click the printable registration instructions link in the box at the top of the page, and print out enough copies for all of your students. These instructions tell students everything they need to know, including your course code. Along with printable directions for your students, students have directions printed in the Student Edition of the textbook that explain the registration process.

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://www.alkitaabtextbook.com/books/bookstore.html.

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. To view the online content and functionality of a typical unit in Alif Baa, go to http://www.alkitaabtextbook.com/books/bookstore.html and click Preview. This allows you to see the complete contents and functionality of Unit 3 but it does not include access to the course management features for teachers.

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:

  • Go to http://alkitaabtextbook.com and create an account. You will need a valid e-mail address to do this.
  • Purchase access to the website by clicking the Bookstore link, then the Buy option, and follow the online prompts.
  • To enroll into your instructor’s course, he or she must give you the Course Code. When you have the Course Code, log into your account. Enter your instructor’s Course Code into the Enter Course Code box and click Submit. You are now enrolled in your instructor’s course.

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 http://alkitaabtextbook.com and create an account. You will need a valid e-mail address to do this.
  • Purchase access to the website by clicking the Bookstore link, then the Buy option, and follow the online prompts.
  • To use independently, log into your account, click Book details, and then click Use Book Independently. You are now ready to access the online exercises.

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?

Go to the Bookstore and click Buy to purchase the companion website for Alif-Baa, Al-Kitaab Part One, or Al-Kitaab Part Two. In the shopping cart, click on the button for "I am purchasing this online book as a gift." Choos the number of students who will be using the companion website. Enter contact and credit card information to complete your transaction. You will be given the access keys (which are one-time-use codes) purchased for distribution to students. Students should then create an account with a valid email address and their access key, and use the course code assigned by the instructor.