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Media Arabic: A Coursebook for Reading Arabic News Paperback – 15 Jan 2008

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press; Bilingual edition (15 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9774161084
  • ISBN-13: 978-9774161087
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Alaa Elgibali is professor of Arabic and linguistics and director of the Arabic language programs at the University of Maryland. Nevenka Korica is executive director of the Center for Arabic Study Abroad at the American University in Cairo.

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Missing Audio, otherwise would be perfect.
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This book can only be useful if done with a teacher. If you do not need a teacher for this book then your Arabic is so advanced and almost fluent that there is no point in buying the book. This is really only a study aid for in-class teaching.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A uniqe book but wish if it's a part of a series. 21 July 2015
By Susan Ali - Published on Amazon.com
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The Arabic library could be the poorest among the widely-spread-languages libraries when it comes to the books in which are available for learning and teaching it; I don't mean to criticize the huge efferent that's been done by the author to execute this book and make it available the way it looks now, however, I wish to see this book as a part of a series talking about the same concept (Media Arabic) because it cannot stand by it self even to intermediated learners from my own point of view. For example, a teacher/tutor guide will be a great addition.
I would also suggest that it would be even better to support the plain texts and vocabularies with some audio/video materials since the book is about media more than any other aspect of the language which definitely depends on the audio/video communication.
I'm using this book to teach intermediated to advanced Arabic learners along with a quite number of materials prepared for each lesson in order to communicate the selected texts and excerpts but that won't be the case for other learners.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful book for intermediate-advanced MSA students 24 Feb. 2013
By M. R. - Published on Amazon.com
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For students who have already attained a good level of proficiency reading modern standard Arabic texts, this is a very helpful book. It's structure is unique in that it presents words and concepts in short bursts and then shows them using example paragraphs - not essays. As you work your way through, you learn 6 words, then see them in a paragraph. Learn six more words, then read them in another paragraph. Then you practice using 6 of those words in a paragraph. Unlike other textbooks where you learn 30-40 words at a time and then look for them in a 3 page essay, this allows for easy digestion, repetition, and memorization. The words that it presents are very useful.

Also, at the end there is a very useful glossary of terms organized by topics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DLPT material 13 Dec. 2010
By Hunyadi - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're a DLI-FLC expatriate and are a no stranger to the MSA DLPT, get this book! It's very helpful with the everyday used MSA words from Al-Jazeera, BBC Arabic, etc. Highly recommended book to increase your media-related vocabulary for the DLPT. Great self study-aid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Textbook 21 May 2009
By Evan Thomas-arnold - Published on Amazon.com
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Great textbook for students studying MSA for the purpose of understanding media. The vocabulary is extremely relevant, the readings are numerous and kept to a useful length, and they build on previously learned vocabulary meaning you constantly see your new words within their common context. This makes for much more effective and easier retention of vocabulary, in my opinion.

I would strongly suggest working with this textbook (alone is possible, although a teacher or language partner could help with discussion) first before jumping into translating direct from newspapers. Unless you are able to retain vocabulary after only seeing a word once, the structure is essential for building a strong foundation.

Do not buy this book expecting grammar explanations, you can find that elsewhere. Also, the words do not come with vowel markings, but neither do the newspapers.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tool for learning arabic! 11 Nov. 2012
By Chris D. - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book on the recommendation of one of my teachers, and it has been well worth the price. Each chapter is divided into individual topics, such as Meetings and Conferences, or Demonstrations. It introduces important vocabulary prior alongside a news article using the vocab. At the back of the book is additional vocabulary by topic. It's definitely helped me out so far, as I can now scan the headlines of BBC Arabic and don't feel as stupid.
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