Advanced Media Arabic

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302 pp., 6.75 x 9.5
ISBN: 9781589012202 (1589012208)

September 2008
LC: 2008922420
Sales Rights: Only for sale in the U.S. and Canada


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Map of the Book
Advanced Media Arabic Audio Listening Material (click here to download)

Advanced Media Arabic
El Mustapha Lahlali

Amman and Russia call for immediate ceasefire

French riots extend to immigrant communities

Lawyers call for fair trial of Guantanamo prisoners

China aims at increasing trade with Russia

20 casualties in an earthquake in Pakistan

Headlines—print and broadcast—have gone global. As a result, news and information from authentic sources make a useful resource for foreign language learners.

Advanced Media Arabic systematically introduces authentic texts and audio files from a wide variety of media sources. This textbook helps students develop analytical and translation skills in Arabic and expand their reading, writing, listening, and speaking capabilities. The book emphasizes the semantic and stylistic aspects of media Arabic rather than its grammar and aims to equip students with the ability to listen to and converse about current events.

Organized by theme, each of the ten chapters covers current issues like:

o Diplomacy
o Elections
o Trade and Industry
o Violence and Disorder
o Law and Order
o Economy
o War and Military Action
o Natural Disasters
o Terrorism
o Arabic television talk shows

Each chapter provides important vocabulary; examples of language in context; exercises for reading and listening comprehension, writing, and translation; and a section for discussion and debate.

The listening material—60 minutes of spoken material—is available for free online at

Downloading Audio Files from
Please click on the link under "Sample Content" to download a compressed zip file of all ten MP3 audio tracks that accompany the book. Files can be downloaded using a Mac or a PC. We recommend playing the files using iTunes or Windows Media Player. Please note that Georgetown University Press does not provide technical support for audio downloads.

For Mac, files will automatically be saved to your "Downloads" folder. (For older Macs, you may need to unzip the files using Stuffit.) To add files to iTunes, open iTunes, and click File>Add to Library and navigate to your file location.

For PC, save the compressed file to your desktop. Once the file has downloaded, go to the folder location on the desktop. Double-click the .zip file icon to unzip the file. Another folder will appear on the desktop. Open to reveal "Lahlali audio" folder. Open that folder to see all ten MP3 files. Import the files in to your music player from your file location by selecting all ten audio tracks, right-click and select Add to Playlist.

PLEASE NOTE: There are no audio files for lessons 6 and 7. Those lessons have reading passages only.

El Mustapha Lahlali is a lecturer in the Department of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Leeds.

"Without a doubt this book is one of the most structured, up-to-date and extensive Media Arabic books available today."—British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

"Advanced Media Arabic is a valuable textbook that provides advanced learners of Arabic as a second language with a wide array of authentic media Arabic texts and audio files that should not only educate learners about the Arab world media but also enhance their Arabic reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills."—

"This text is an important contribution to an area of growing and continued interest in Arabic language studies, and provides a much needed resource for users who would like to develop their Arabic language media vocabulary."—Summer Loomis, roMes

"This book will eliminate the need for supplemental material to a great extent. I would definitely recommend this book."—Hana Zabarah, Georgetown University

Table of Contents

Map of the book

Key to Symbols

Module 1: Diplomacy

Module 2
: Elections

Module 3
: Violence and Anarchy

Module 4
: War and Military Action

Module 5
: Economy

Module 6
: Law and Order

Module 7
: Trade and Industry

Module 8
: Natural Disasters

Module 9
: "War on Terrorism"

Module 10
: Arabic TV Extracts

Arabic-English Glossary



Sample Test