From nothing to GCSE

Books and DVDs to take you (or your students) from no Arabic at all to GCSE. More detailed reviews coming shortly.

* Read and Speak Arabic – by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar

* First 100 Words in Arabic – by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar. Reviewed here

* Mastering Arabic 1 and Mastering Arabic 2 – by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar

* Mastering Arabic Grammar – by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar

* Build your Arabic Vocabulary – by Haroon Shirwani
Includes themed vocabulary lists, puzzles and writing exercises to help you practice using the words, and hundreds of flashcards to test yourself

* Carnival  – Book 1, Book 2Book 3 (described as ‘pre-GCSE’ but this means appropriate for a course leading up to the GCSE exam; book 3 contains texts which are much longer and harder than what is required of GCSE)

* Talk with Me – pre-GCSE conversations about various topics, with audio CDs

The above books are published by MM Books and are available from the publisher, or from Grant and Cutler

* GCSE & AS Arabic: the ultimate writing guide

Please comment below if you’d like to suggest any other books or resources which you’ve found useful for teaching or studying GCSE Arabic.

About Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp

Literary translator from Arabic, German and Russian into English
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