Alif Baa with Website EB (Lingco)

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August 2021


Table of Contents
Unit 4
Corrected Glossary

Companion Website Information - free streaming audio & video
Webinar for Teaching Al-Kitaab 3rd Edition (2015)
Al-Kitaab First Year Teaching Videos

Alif Baa with Website EB (Lingco)
Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds
Third Edition, Teacher's Edition
Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi

Alif Baa is the first volume of the best-selling Al-Kitaab Arabic Language Program, now in its third edition. In this edition of Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds with Website, English-speaking students will use the integrated method of learning colloquial and formal (spoken and written) Arabic together. Alif Baa provides learners with all the material necessary to learn the sounds of Arabic, write its letters, and begin speaking Arabic.The accompanying companion website-included with the book-offers fully integrated exercises to use alongside the text.


•Four-color design throughout the book with over 100 illustrations and photographs

•Gives learners and instructors color-coded options for the variety of language they wish to learn in speaking: Egyptian, Levantine, or formal Arabic (MSA)

•Introduces over 200 basic vocabulary words in all three forms of spoken and written Arabic side by side, including expressions for polite social interaction, and activates them in interactive homework exercises and classroom groupwork

•Includes video dialogues in Egyptian and Levantine, filmed in Cairo and Damascus, streaming on the Publisher's website

•Includes video footage of an Arabic calligrapher, capsules on Arabic culture, and images of street signs from Morocco, Egypt, and Lebanon, streaming on the Publisher's website

•Includes English-Arabic and Arabic-English glossaries

Alif Baa provides the essential first 20-25 contact (classroom) hours of the Al-Kitaab Arabic Language Program, accompanied by 40-50 homework hours. Students who complete Alif Baa should reach a novice-intermediate to novice-high level of proficiency.

For Instructors: Instructors may request access to the digital exam copy by logging onto VitalSource, selecting "Faculty Sampling," and searching for the version of the book marked "Digital Exam Copy." While answer keys are sold separately from the textbook for students, the corresponding answer key is included in the digital exam copy for instructors.

Kristen Brustad was an associate professor of Arabic at the University of Texas at Austin until her retirement in 2019.

Mahmoud Al-Batal is a professor of Arabic at the American University of Beirut.

Abbas Al-Tonsi is a former senior lecturer at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar.

"Along with teaching the alphabet, this book prompts the students to start producing the language at the novice level, also from the first chapter."—Camelia Suleiman, Al-'Arabiyya Journal