This webpage displays a common conversation between three friends. The structure and topics of the conversation are purposefully general so as to be helpful to students' ability to create and sustain conversations of their own. The conversation includes Arabic text, transliteration, and translation.
Basic lexicon and structure of Arabic; emphasis on the four basic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and exploration of Arab cultures.
This web site contains many short stories and texts in Arabic. Hundreds of writers from more than twenty different countries are currently participating in this project. To access the stories, the user chooses an author and then a text from among the titles that the author has provided for the site.
Master the Arabic Letters is a video series consisting of eight videos that introduce viewers to the names, shapes, and sounds of the Arabic letters. The videos also explain how to join up the letters in writing and make sure that differences in pronunciation are carefully demonstrated.
This page contains a list of all the letters in the Arabic alphabet, organized in seven groups. Users can listen to a native speaker read the names of the letters online or download the clips for home use. Users can also print out selected letters. The site also lists information about writing in Arabic, including the short vowel system, joining the Arabic letters together, and the names for symbols commonly used in email addresses.
This webpage provides over 20 basic conversational phrases and terms, all of which are used in most everyday discussions across the Arabic-speaking world. The terms and phrases are presented in transliterated form with English translation; no Arabic script is used.
This book is for students who have studied Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) for one year or more and would like to learn colloquial Arabic basics using their knowledge of MSA. It aims at transitioning learners from Novice Mid level to Intermediate Low through presenting situations useful for living in an Arab country. The book has several features including hyperlinks, practice dialogues with open answers, cultural tips, and more.
Reviews available here: https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/textbooks/from-msa-to-ca-a-beginner-s-guide-to-transitioning-to-colloquial-arabic
This course will introduce the student to the history of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the twenty-first century. The course will emphasize the encounters and exchanges between the Islamic world and the West. By the end of the course, the student will understand how Islam became a sophisticated and far-reaching civilization and how conflicts with the West shaped the development of the Middle East from the medieval period to the present day. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: identify and describe the nature of pre-Islamic society, culture, and religion. They will also be able to describe the subsequent rise of the prophet Muhammad and his monotheistic religion, Islam; identify and describe the elements of Islamic law, religious texts and practices, and belief systems; identify and describe the rise of the Umayyad and Abbasid dynasties in the Middle East. Students will also be able to compare and contrast the two empires; identify and describe the emergence of the Umayyad dynasty in Spain. Students will also be able to analyze the conflicts between Muslims and Christians on the Iberian Peninsula; identify and describe the Crusades. They will be able to describe both Muslim and Christian perceptions of the holy wars; identify and describe the impact of the Mongol invasions on the Middle East; compare and contrast the Ottoman and Safavid empires; analyze the decline of the Ottoman Empire and the beginning of European imperialism/domination of the Middle East in the 1800s; identify and describe how and why European powers garnered increased spheres of influence after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the end of World War I; analyze and describe the rise of resistance and independence movements in the Middle East; identify and describe the rise of Islamic nationalism and the emergence of violent anti-Western sentiment; analyze (and synthesize) the relationship between the Middle East and the West between the 600s and the present day; analyze and interpret primary source documents that elucidate the exchanges and conflicts between the Islamic world and the West over time. (History 351)
The Tadriis site is a multimedia online Arabic teacher training intended for Arabic teachers in the U.S. and abroad. It expands on COERLL’s Foreign Language Teaching Methods (http://coerll.utexas.edu/methods) course by covering the latest in K-16 Arabic language pedagogy. With Tadriis, users can access video samples of teacher-student interactions in actual Arabic language classrooms, pedagogical demonstrations and teaching tips, samples of L2 Arabic language production, a glossary of key teaching terms, and suggestions for further reading. The entire site is presented in Arabic and available as a free online Open Educational Resource.
This blog offers a wealth of realia (realia is real life material meant to be used to aid language study in classroom situations). It has an index on the right hand side that will take the viewer to relevant selections in the blog's archive. Many of the archived items are images, but there are also videos, children's books, news media, and other items. Some of the links, especially the video links, are no longer functional.