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The Arabic Student

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This is a blog that links to videos, music, and other information about studying and learning Arabic. The blog provides comments on information provided. For instance, there is a link to an episode of The Simpsons in Arabic while providing sentences and translations of some of the more complicated phrasing.

Material Type: Reading

Vocabulary Words: Media and the Arts

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This list presents a basic set of vocabulary words that deal with categories of media and the arts, including verbs and nouns that deal with cinema, song, dance, plays, and film criticism. The list also contains verbs and nouns that cover key aspects of broadcast media. The majority of words contained within the website are nouns, and some verbs are interspersed. The words and verbs are presented in both Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian colloquial. All words feature Arabic script and transliteration.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Poets' Gate

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Poets' Gate is a website that contains examples of Arabic poetry ranging from the jahiliyyah period to the present day in an attempt to create a comprehensive diwan (or compilation) of Arabic poetry. Poems are divided according to the time periods and poets. The site also provides biographic information about the poets and a full list of their poems.

Material Type: Reading

Calligraphy Qalam

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Calligraphy Qallam offers visitors information about the Arabic alphabet, various styles of scripts, and the process and history of calligraphy. It offers tutorial videos which demonstrate the various shapes of the Arabic characters both within one script and between different scripts. There is also a "script quiz" which allows visitors to test their ability to recognize different calligraphic scripts. The site also includes a blog and a forum where topics surrounding calligraphy are discussed.

Material Type: Assessment, Lecture, Reading

Printable Flash Cards- Al-Kitaab Part I

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This flashcard set contains a total of 890 cards for users to print and use that represent the vast majority of the vocabulary words presented in Al-Kitaab Part I. The cards provide the English word on one side and its meaning in Arabic on the other. Terms are generally listed in chronological order based on their appearance in the textbook's lessons.

Material Type: Reading

Vocabulary Words: Clothes

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This list presents a basic set of vocabulary words that deal with categories of clothing, jewelry, and tailoring. The words include both nouns and verbs that describe various clothing items, clothing styles, and types of clothing accessories.The majority of words contained within the website are nouns, and some verbs are interspersed. The words and verbs are presented in both Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian colloquial Arabic. All of the words feature Arabic script and transliteration.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Quiz Ch. 4 Al-Kitaab

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This is an example of an exam given at the University of Oregon that tests Chapter 4 of al-Kitaab, second edition, focusing on MSA. A written dialogue for the listening portion is included; instructors can pre-record it in their own voices or read it aloud during the exam. The key is also included. The exam should take one class period of 50 minutes.

Material Type: Assessment

Author: Heather Sweetser

Arabic History and Culture

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This webpage provides elementary information on aspects of Arab culture and history, including religion, politics, naming conventions, and Persian influence on Arab culture and language. The information seems to have been authored by the site's administrator, and contains no references or citations.

Material Type: Reading

Author: Hani Deek

Arabic Calligraphy

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What started out as a gallery to display the calligraphy of two artists is today a website devoted to the art of Arabic calligraphy. It includes a wall where other artists can post their own Arabic calligraphy, basic information on the Arabic language, a blog about calligraphy, and more. Users can post comments on the website.

Material Type: Reading

CultureTalk - Arab World

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CultureTalk - Arab World features a very extensive selection of filmed interviews with people from different countries in the Arabic speaking world. While some interviews are in English, the vast majority are in Arabic. Translations and usually transcripts are provided for all non-English video clips. Topics include family, food, education, religious and cultural customs, work, art, sport, travel, etc. The regions covered are the Levant, North Africa, Egypt, and Mauritania, with an Iraqi section on the way.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Places, Authentic Images, and Destinations: Power Point Presentation

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Developed by Washington Latin Public Charter School, this thirty-nine slide Power Point presentation displays several pictures of popular, everyday destination places in the Arab world. The Power Point is thematically organized by a question (in Arabic) on its title slide - "Where are you going?" - and subsequent slides display popular places such as internet cafes, restaurants, homes, schools, and coffee shops. Each slide is introduced by a question, "What is this?," and an answer "This is a...," both of which are in Arabic. Most pictures are authentic images taken on-location at several places throughout the Arab world, and thus feature prominent Arabic writing on signs, houses, advertisements, and so on.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Diagram/Illustration

Author: CLASSRoad Admin

Arabic I

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This is a textbook for beginning Arabic language learning. The textbook is divided into twelve lessons. Each lesson focuses on an activity and common theme to introduce the basics of Arabic. Each lesson starts with a short video, which you'll be asked to watch. To help you understand the video, each lesson also includes a transcript (in English), a list of vocabulary (with audio clips), and language and grammar notes.

Material Type: Full Course, Textbook