- Title: Essential Skills in Arabic From Intermediate to Advanced
- Author: El Mustapha AND Lahlali Radia Kesseiri
- Categories: Learn Language.Academic Education.
- Genre: Learn Language
- Language: English / Arabic
- Pages: 297 Pages
- Publisher: EDINBURGH University Press
- ISBN: 978 1 4744 0151 7
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Over the last few years or so, many textbooks have been published on translation of Arabic-English-Arabic and Arabic literature; however, limited work has been done on reading, grammar, writing, speaking and listening at intermediate and advanced levels. Through our teaching of Arabic, we felt the urgent need for a textbook that will enable learners to enhance and refine their reading, grammar, writing, speaking and listening skills. This textbook Essential Skills in Arabic From Intermediate to Advanced is designed not only to allow learners to hone these skills, but to help them accumulate a wide range of Arabic vocabulary, required for performing reading, writing and translation tasks. It is a one-stop source for learners who wish to polish the above-mentioned Arabic language skills, including Arabic grammar.
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This textbook Essential Skills in Arabic From Intermediate to Advanced, therefore, aims to aid learners of Arabic at intermediate and advanced levels to:
- Essential Skills in Arabic From Intermediate to Advanced
- Achieve a degree of competency in Arabic skills and acquire the ability to deal with complex syntactic features through a wide range of Arabic exercises.
- Become aquainted with grammatical concepts that are vital to writing and under- standing texts.
- become acquainted with Arabic linguistic features which are deemed necessary to the
fluency of writing styles.
- Become acquainted with Arabic stylistics, with a view to enhancing their Arabic vocab- ulary in order to be able to translate and deal with Arabic language in different con- texts.
- accumulate vocabularies to use for their reading, writing, speaking and listening.
- Enhance their translation skills.
In order to achieve the above outlined aims, this textbook offers valuable materials on reading, grammar, writing, speaking, listening and translation. It is specially designed for learners of Arabic who are progressing from intermediate to advanced level. Texts and activities are designed to ensure a steady progression.
For reading skills, each module introduces a variety of texts, followed by a glossary and a wide range of drills, which are designed to help learners practise key vocabulary pertain- ing to the theme of each module. The abundance of vocabulary will also help learners to comprehend texts and, where appropriate, translate them from and into Arabic.
Each module includes a unit that is dedicated to listening. Learners are introduced to a range of recordings related to the themes of the modules, and each recording is followed by a glossary and a variety of exercises designed to improve listening skills. To help learners focus on the listening tasks, texts have been moved to the appendices section. To access the audio learning materials, please visit: https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/essentialskills-arabic-resources and click on the ‘Resources’ tab underneath the book description.
Apart from reading and listening, grammar and other skills such as writing, speaking and translation are introduced in each module and unit. Each unit contains grammatical concepts relevant to the text, which are designed to help learners comprehend texts and improve their writing skills. The grammatical concepts are explained and followed by a range of drills intended to help learners digest these concepts further. Writing exercises and, where relevant, key writing concepts are introduced in each unit. These include key writing phrases and concepts, such as connectives, writing letters, summarising texts and using expressions in different contexts (i.e. expressions of certainty, hope, doubt, and so on).
Each unit contains a section on speaking, in which learners are given the opportunity to discuss and debate key issues, mainly those relevant to the theme of the module and unit. Learners are guided through the topic, and, where relevant, key vocabulary and expressions are provided to help learners express themselves and convey their opinions about the topic of discussion. This exercise is intended to help learners practise and refine their speaking skills, as well as gain confidence in speaking in class.
Translation is another skill that is included in each unit. Drawing on the vocabulary learnt in each unit, learners are encouraged to translate sentences, paragraphs and texts from and into Arabic. By doing so, learners will be able to put into practice the vocabu- lary they have learnt, demonstrating therefore their ability to use different concepts and expressions in different contexts
In addition to the above skills, this textbook offers a glossary, where both Arabic and English equivalents are given to the selected Arabic terminologies at the start of each unit. The Arabic equivalent is designed to enrich learners’ Arabic vocabulary, whereas the English equivalent is intended to aid learners in their translation tasks.
As previously mentioned, in order to achieve the above listed aims, this textbook offers a wide range of drills that are designed to help learners enhance and refine their Arabic language skills. The texts are authentic and cover a range of topics, including culture, society, politics, environment, education, current affairs, sports and literature. The variety of themes and topics will not only help learners increase their knowledge, but will also equip them with the language skills required for different registers in different contexts.
Besides being relevant to the themes of the modules, the texts are selected because they are brimming with relevant vocabulary and call upon the skills needed to be honed in each module: grammar, reading, writing, grammar, translation and listening skills. It should be mentioned here that these texts represent their writers’ views, and do not reflect the authors’ opinions.
The modules are structured in a way that can be easily followed. Each module is organised around the following sections: reading comprehension, language in context, grammar, translation, writing, speaking and listening. In order to help learners digest key concepts and relevant terminologies in each module, a Consolidation Exercises section has been introduced at the end of each module. There is also a section with answers to some of the exercises. This key will not only help learners verify their answers, but will also facilitate their independent learning.
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