Al-Asas for Teaching Arabic to Non-Native Speakers: Part 2, Advanced Beginner Level (With MP3 CD)
الأسـاس في تعليم العربية للناطقين بغيرها
Al-Asas for Teaching Arabic to Non-Native Speakers: Part 2, Advanced Beginner Level (With MP3 CD) الأسـاس في تعليم العربية للناطقين بغيرها
Fawzieh Ahmad Bader
Fawzieh Ahmad Bader
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The book contains 15 lessons that are closely related to the
students’ daily lives. As in previous editions, the direct communication
approach was used in order to make do – as much as possible – without the use of an intermediate language or the need for translation.
In selecting the texts of the lessons, I made sure the content met with
students’ needs and different levels. The lessons are thus designed in
a variety of topics and cater to different learning needs. The texts of
the lessons are original works and are presented as follows:
- The texts include terms that are used on a daily basis, including
frequently-used verbs, nouns, and collocations. An audio version of
the texts is available on the enclosed CD so that students can practice
reading at their convenience.
- A list of new words used in the text follows it immediately along
with words that are related to the topic of the text. Some words are
repeated intentionally due to their importance. These words are audio
recorded and translated into English on the CD.
The lessons also focus on dialogues over the same topic so that
students would have more opportunities to practice reading and retain
the largest possible number of terms, which would help them integrate
more easily into the Arab society they are in. This would give students
greater confidence while speaking Arabic and help rid them of their
reluctance to use it outside the classroom
- Lessons include a section on comprehension where questions are
designed to gauge the student’s comprehension of the text and train
them on formulating answers in grammatically-sound sentences.
- Terms are presented in a variety of ways, including illustrations
and synonyms and antonyms so as to expand the students’ lexicon.
Exercises include fill-in-the-blank and arranging words to form
- Grammar and conjugation exercises are designed in a gradual
approach that furnish students with basic rules to aid in learning Arabic and speaking it with as little mistakes as possible. The importance of
these basic rules has been stressed in the construction of simple and complex sentences that are indispensable to students of Arabic. As
indicated in the introduction of Part I, I have attempted – in as much
as possible – to steer away from the traditional approach of teaching
the rules of grammar and conjugation because teaching is a means
not an end in itself; in other words, teaching must be functional and
focus on the student.
- This book contains exercises to train students on conversational
skills in Arabic. Exercises include conversations between students and
the instructor and between the students themselves. They aim to help
students practice the correct pronunciation of Arab phonemes through
the use of words and sentences that occur in the lessons. Every lesson
contains a conversation exercise.
- Students are also taught to write at least one paragraph. A writing
exercise has been added to the end of each lesson and deals with the
topic of the lesson involved, which would ensure that students have
enough terminology to write a paragraph or more in the exercise.
Instructors must impress upon students the need to pay attention to
the hamza and its different forms, as well as the different conjugation
marks and punctuation. Instructors should also explain to the students
the concept of silent letters (written but not enunciated), such as long
vowels that occur at the end of certain verb structures
as well as sounds that are enunciated but not spelled ,(كتبوا، لم/لن يكتبوا، اُكْتبوا) It is .(هذا، هذه، هؤلاء، لكنّ) out, such as the long vowel in certain words
also important to explain the order in which nouns and adjectives are
arranged in Arabic.
The lessons have been supplemented with a general revision
under the heading “Test your Knowledge,” followed by two appendixes
containing the conjugation of verbs and the conjugation of the singular
and plural forms. The purpose of these appendixes is to help students
practice basic grammatical and conjugation skills that they should be
familiar with upon completing this level.
The book contains four appendixes in total:
- Appendix 1 & 2: They contains a glossary of words used in the
texts and exercises of the lessons. The words are organized in the
order in which they appear in the text – not in alphabetical order so as
to be easy to follow for students. I thought of translating the glossary
into several languages in addition to English (as I did with the first
edition six years ago). I was surprised and delighted when my students
rushed to the task. The glossary was thus translated into major global
languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese, as well as
into Japanese and Korean. The translation was proofread by advanced
Arabic language students who were native speakers of the languages
- Appendix 3: It contains the conjugation of verbs in three tenses
(past, present, and imperative) with separate pronouns. Most of the
verbs were mentioned in the lessons while the rest were selected
because they are related closely to daily activities. The purpose is
to build up students’ lexicon, give them the confidence to use the
language and encourage them to continue studying it (which is the
primary purpose in my opinion).
- Appendix 4: This appendix is dedicated to singular and plural
forms. It contains the singular and plural forms of nouns mentioned in
the lessons. The reason I dedicated an appendix to plural forms is the
absence of a rule that students can use to form irregular plurals, which
are common and heavily-used in Arabic. Foreign students – even at
advanced stages – have difficulty forming irregular plural nouns.
- Appendix 5: Importance of the Arab World.
- Appendix 6: List Arabic grammar Vocabularies along with English
The enclosed CD contains:
- A clear recording of the texts of the main lessons.
- Translation of new vocabulary words from each lesson.
- Questions and Answers to the “Test Your Knowledge”
Dimensions: (9" x 11" x ")
First Publishing Date: 7/1/2010
Current Publishing Date: 1/1/2010
Current Edition: 3rd
Item Weight: 1.906 pounds
Theme: Learn Arabic - Adults
Noorart Code: CBA2
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