The best-selling Alif Baa is the first volume of the Al-Kitaab Arabic language program and is now to be had in a new third edition. In this new version of the introduction to Arabic letters and sounds, English-speaking students will find an innovative integration of colloquial and formal (spoken and written) Arabic. Together, the book and new companion website provide learners with the entire material necessary to be informed the sounds of Arabic, write its letters, and begin speaking Arabic, including interactive, self-correcting exercises to toughen learning. The online component also gives instructors additional online grading options.
• Four-color design all the way through the book features over 100 illustrations and photographs
• Gives learners and instructors color-coded options for the variety of language they want to activate 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
• Includes video footage of an Arabic calligrapher, capsules on Arabic culture, and images of street signs from Morocco, Egypt, and Lebanon
• Includes new English-Arabic and Arabic-English glossaries, searchable in the companion website
• Textbook includes a convenient DVD with the basic audio and video materials (no interactive exercises) for offline study for you to play in iTunes and compatible MP3 players
• New companion website (sold one at a time)—alkitaabtextbook.com—features a fully integrated set of interactive exercises with the entire video and audio materials and additional online course management and grading options for teachers
Alif Baa provides the essential first 20-25 contact (classroom) hours of the Al-Kitaab program, accompanied by 40-50 homework hours. Students who complete Alif Baa will have to reach a novice-intermediate to novice-high level of proficiency.