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Fundamental Arabic Textbook/Manuel d'Arabe fondamental. Rev. ed. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2008.

TEACHING METHOD


The Arabic Basic Language Course for beginners (volume I) and its Annex (volume II) are two study books, as well the Interactive Arabic CD-ROM, which complete each other, allowing easy access to the language, if strict discipline is observed:
— do not skip a page, do not (for example) try to find a 
synonym mentioned later, but follow each lesson of     the course, referring, whenever necessary, to the Glossary or to the Index (French / English) in the Annex. Helpful indications nay be found by means of the numbers whose functions are specified in the Contents.
— follow the same order with the cassettes on which the lessons are recorded. Precise references are given for each lesson.
— Be satisfied with the progress (10 to 15 words per lesson) where each new sentence uses only the elements already acquired. This will enable the student to assimilate progressively the grammatical features and discover very many words derived from these basic words.
In this way, even if progress seems slow, it will be rapid. The various interactive exercises in the Cd-ROM will thus serve as revision, and the student, who will be astonished to understand the without difficulty, will be strongly encouraged to continue his or her studies at a higher level using a similar method mainly based on logic.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART ONE: Vocabulary and Models of Sentences

a) 45 lessons, each beginning with a trilingual vocabulary list (Arabic, French, English) consisting of 10 to 15 new words, totalling in all 556 words. Here, the numbering is used only to count the number of words learnt. The aim is purely psychological. The numbering of the sentences and in Part Two has another purpose.
b)  It is important to assimilate the meaning of each one of these words well. The Arabic word is sometimes translated by several synonyms in English or French; sometimes two Arabic synonyms appearing one after another have only one translation.
Nevertheless, the grouping of antonyms (large / small, etc.) or words of the same family (eat / drink, read / write, etc.) within the same lesson has been avoided, experience having shown that reflexes are acquired too quickly, with the risk of permanent confusion. As regards the antonyms, they are generally several lessons apart, so that only one word at a time is encountered, in order to assimilate it well.
c) 10 to 15 words per lesson may seem very few. However, many of them are basic words or roots from which many others are derived and which will be met with little by little, almost without noticing.
d)  Following on the vocabulary list, each lesson presents between 60 and 75 Arabic sentences constructed with words already learnt, at the same time tackling different features of grammar, conjugation, etc. These sentences are numbered with the double intention of :
— counting the number of sentences learnt (very stimulating!),
— finding their translation in Part Two.

PART TWO: Alphabet, Exercises, Translations, Glossary, Indexes.

a) The Arabic alphabet presented with examples and phonetic transcription.
b)  Revision exercises.
c)  English and French translations of the sentences in Part One.
d)  Trilingual glossary (Arabic, English, French), filed in alphabetical order with double numbering:
— the number on the right giving the numerical order of the words,
— the number on the left referring to one of the 45 lessons in Part One, where the word is met for the first time.
e) Index in English and Index in French, where each word is again preceded and followed by a number:
— the number on the left for finding the Arabic translation in the glossary (the number is the same as the one on the right in the glossary),
— the number on the right referring to one of the lessons in Part One, where the word is met for the first time.
The inversion in the placing of the numbers (right or left) is due to the fact that Arabic is read from right to left (except for the numbers!), whereas European languages are read from left to right. These gymnastics, will, moreover, only help to acquire good reflexes for the study of Arabic.

Interactive Arabic  CD-ROM

In addition to various exercises based on this book, the CD-ROM contains several other interactive applications, mainly the Arabic alphabet with text, pictures and sound, an introduction to Arabic grammar, an illustrated phrase book, a picture dictionary with sound, accompanied by a Quiz, and multiple drills and exercises for vocabulary and grammar skills testing (all levels).

Audio CD

Each lesson is recorded in Arabic, including the vocabulary.


 Available from the publisher:
www.autorhouse.com
and on:
www.amazon.com - www.bn.com
www.amazon.co.uk - www.amazon.fr.
 

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