Al-Asas for Teaching Arabic to Non-Native Speakers: Part 1, Beginner Level (With MP3 CD)
الأساس في تعليم العربية للناطقين بغيرها
Al-Asas for Teaching Arabic to Non-Native Speakers: Part 1, Beginner Level (With MP3 CD) الأساس في تعليم العربية للناطقين بغيرها
Fawzieh Ahmad Bader
Fawzieh Ahmad Bader
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Part one contains 10 lessons, which deal with daily life issues to
help students learn about Arab society and adapt to it.
Every lesson starts with a central text, which has been written in
a conversational style. The texts contain many dialogues in order
to train students and encourage them to use the language. Each
text is followed by a list of new words that appeared in the text as
well as other words related to the subject matter. This is followed
by comprehension questions and exercises that target different
skills. A conversation exercise is available at the end of every
lesson and requires the instructor to practice with the students on
using the terms learned in the lesson and previous ones to have
a conversation in Arabic. Instructors are advised to use pictures
where the content of the pictures contains answers to the questions
the instructor asks.
Some lessons contain Arab and Islamic cultural elements so that
students would learn aspects of Arab culture in addition to language.
The rules of grammar and conjugation appear in functional form in the
texts but little focus has been made on them or their details because I
believe that language is learned through practice first and not simply
through learning rules of grammar without a functional dimension.
The purpose of the grammar presentation in the book is to teach students the major patterns of simple Arabic sentences without burdening them with the rules of conjugation at this early level. It is more important now for students to learn how to arrange words into a correct sentence.
also the book briefly mentioned some constructs to be dealt with in
more detail in subsequent levels. My focus in this level was mainlyon building the linguistic skills needed for daily use because that
would be of more benefit to students than simply explaining rules
of grammars that students might have difficulty retaining. Students
at the beginner level find no practical use to memorizing rules of
The grammar sections in this level focused mainly on
the conjugation of verbs with separate pronouns because verbs are
the spine of the Arabic language. The book’s lessons also focus on
the basic rules of formulating a grammatically-correct sentence that
would be combined into a grammatically-correct paragraphs and
The purpose is ultimately to familiarize students with the basic
rules of grammar and conjugation.
The book contains four appendixes:
- 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 they revised.
- 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 therest 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
- 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:
A general introduction to the Islamic and
Gregorian calendars as well as brief profiles of Arab countries,
including capitals and currencies.
- Appendix 6:
Political map of the Arab world including the
capitals and important cities.
- Appendix 7:
Contains the singular and plural forms of the
human body parts, which were mentioned previously.
- Appendix 8:
List Arabic grammar Vocabularies along with
- Appendix 9:
The English translations of all the questions in
this book along with the page number they are located in.
The enclosed Audio CD contains:
- A slow and clear audio recording of the alphabet with adequate translation in
- The main lessons are recorded clearly. The last mark has been deliberately
ignored in most cases when reading the lessons so it will not confuse the students
and disturb their minds with long and short vowels, tanween mark and noon and
al-fateh tanween and the dual.
- “Tanween” mark is pronounced on some words, even though it is not written
on those words for linguistic reasons.
- The instructions at the beginning of each exercise are translated in English.
- The questions and answers to the “Test Your Knowledge” section are recorded.
- Translations of the newly introduced vocabulary words are offered at the end of
- Simple linguistic rules and grammar explanations have been included
throughout the book to equip readers with a better understanding of the language.
Dimensions: (9" x 11" x ")
First Publishing Date: 7/1/2010
Current Publishing Date: 1/1/2010
Current Edition: 3rd
Item Weight: 2.8 pounds
Theme: Learn Arabic - Adults
Noorart Code: CBA1
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