Ahlan wa sahlan (book review)

This coursebook comes recommended to me by a teacher at Manchester university, although I’ve actually not used it yet myself. I’ll do a proper write-up when I’ve received a review copy but I did want to share some useful information about it. I quote from the Yale University Press website:

“This widely used workbook and textbook covers the first year of instruction in Modern Standard Arabic. It will teach students to read, speak, and write Arabic, while presenting an engaging story that involves Adnan, a Syrian student studying in the United States, and Michael, an American student studying in Cairo. In diaries, letters, and postcards, the two students describe their thoughts and activities, revealing how a non-American views American culture and how the Arabic culture is experienced by an American student. This new edition features a DVD video, filmed in Syria; expanded communicative activities; an updated audio program; and material designed according to proficiency principles.

The sound and script workbook is intended to be used and completed by students before they begin using the main Ahlan wa Sahlan textbook. The workbook helps students learn the alphabet, numerals, and sounds of the Arabic language. The workbook and textbook each include two discs: a DVD video and an mp3 audio program on CD-ROM.” (See the website for more info on the differences between the 1st and 2nd editions.)

But what I really liked is…  that the audio files are freely accessible on this website, making it easy to use by students online and also meaning that teachers can sample some of the exercises to test the suitability of the coursebook before investing in it.


About Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp

Literary translator from Arabic, German and Russian into English
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