Programs of the project include the following:
• compiling an integrated curriculum
• designing a website
• producing compact discs
• producing instructional TV programs
• producing radio broadcasts
• conducting highly specialized teacher training courses
There are many outstanding features of this uniquely produced series. Much detail was given to organize the series in a way to progressively learn. All the material is skillfully presented with a variety of texts selected as topics. Drills and exercises were developed especially for the non-native Arabic speaker to grasp the language effectively.
The sound and phonics has been produced so that learners can speak, read, and understand Arabic more easily, especially since an audio CD is included with each textbook. In fact, the Arabic alphabet was composed so that learners can produce at an optimal level with much focus on oral skills at basic levels.
Also, concerning vocabulary, new words are presented in full context. Word lists are conveniently composed so as to include words commonly used in the Arab world, and glossary with expressions has likewise been included at the back of each book.
Grammar structures were presented in such a way so that incorporation, production, and usage could be easily achieved. Since Arabic incorporates male and female genders in its language, much emphasis has been given to ensure this usage. Furthermore, to help the student, a list of grammar structures is included.
Another added bonus is how concepts and cultural aspects common in the Arab world have been presented in an interesting way.
Furthermore, illustrations were specifically developed to aid the visual learner, which includes the vast majority of the population.
There are five main objectives of the series to ensure competency. First of all, emphasis was given to the four following language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Secondly, focus was put on the three following language elements: sounds (phonics), vocabulary (contextual meaning and idiomatic expressions), and grammar structure. Equally as important is that concentration has been put on communication skills along with introducing and familiarizing students with Arab culture, and of course, Modern Standard Arabic is used so as to ensure students being able to learn Classical written and spoken Arabic, which makes adaptation in all Arabic countries possible.
There are many other features of the program. For example, the series includes three volumes (Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced levels). Each level includes a student book, teacher's book, and eight recorded tapes, along with an illustrated Arabic-Arabic dictionary that contains more than 6,000 entries.
This series has experienced much success that over12 universities and institutions have used it and continue to do so with much success.