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Media Arabic: A Coursebook for Reading Arabic News Paperback – October 7, 2007

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ISBN-13: 978-9774161087 ISBN-10: 9774161084 Edition: Bilingual

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About the Author

ALAA ELGIBALI is an associate professor of linguistics at the American University in Cairo.

NEVENKA KORICA is executive director of the Center for Arabic Study Abroad at the American University in Cairo.
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: American University in Cairo Press; Bilingual edition (October 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9774161084
  • ISBN-13: 978-9774161087
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ron on March 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Yes I said it, textbook. This textbook is very well structured in terms of exercises, I must say, the author really had westerners in mind when putting together the material for this textbook.

YES you do need a teacher (Which I have) to really comprehend this material, esp. in terms of speaking exercises etc. Also, this textbook is not for beginners-> Upper intermediate or Advance students only. lastly You must have a GOOD grasp of grammar before learning from this textbook.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Greene on November 20, 2008
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This would be *exactly* what I wanted, except for an easily remedied oversight: no short vowels written on the vocabulary lists. For the intermediate-to-advanced English-speaking learner, voweling newly introduced words remains crucial. Instead, I'm going to have to look most new words up in a separate dictionary to vowel them with a pencil before I can master the words. What were they thinking?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs.Beeton on June 7, 2008
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This book is a recommended acquisition for the intermediate student of MSA, and is reflective of the improving standard of study texts available to students. The book is outstanding.

The thing that most struck me about this book was the terrifically useful and interesting pedagogical structure. The book is divided into chapters by subject area and each chapter is further divided into a repeated pedagogical pattern that aids learning by reinforcing a systematic method of analysis. The student is shown distinct tools for engaging with the written text and these approaches are reinforced through numerous drills.

The chapter subjects are:

Unit One: Meetings and Conferences
Unit Two: Demonstrations
Unit Three: Elections
Unit Four: Conflicts and Terrorism
Unit Five: Trials
Unit Six: Business and Finance
Revisions of Units Five and Six
Glossary (i.e., of key words for each unit)

Each chapter (or unit) is then sub-divided into the following areas, in repeated sequence for each unit:

Pre-reading: Students are provided with a photo and vocabulary in Arabic text with English translation (no more than about ten terms). This exercise is about pre-empting or predicting the nature of the exercises about to follow; getting students thinking about and discussing their predictions.

Reading for main ideas: this is about reading the opening paragraph of a news article to extract key ideas: where, what, who, when and why. Students are provided with a short text plus key vocab items (less than ten) in Arabic and English and a list of main issues to extract, indicated in Arabic. For example in the first unit the main issues are "the kind of meeting", "place of the meeting", "the participants", "the subject of discussion".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hunyadi on December 13, 2010
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen Nelson on May 19, 2008
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I was really excited for this book to come out -- and now I'm disappointed. The book is beautifully put together, has good vocabulary lists and a nice selection of readings -- but all of this was already available in Kendall's 1000 Words for Media Arabic and Rowland's Let's Read the Arabic Newspapers (unfortunately out of print).

In other words, there are very few sections elucidating sentence structure, or how the articles themselves are put together, or comparing articles with different biases, or teaching you how to skim. I'm sure a good teacher could bring it all out for you, but for self-teaching, there's simply to added value. Get Al-ahram or Al-hayat online for free.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Whistle Blower on December 7, 2011
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I agree 100% with the reviewer that complained about lack of voweling in the WORD LISTS provided for every reading. Any NEW WORD should be voweled at least initially. This is a serious flaw in so many of the new textbooks coming out for students of Arabic, not just this book. This can be remedied, of course, if the readings were taped or if you use this book with a teacher, but for those who want to continue their Arabic on their own, well, it's a flaw.

I don't see how a student coming across a word for the first time cannot see this as an issue. Seems to me if you "already know" or "should know" how to vowel a word, as some reviewers seem to imply, then it's not the first time you've seen it. If this is the case, then you've attained an advanced reading level and this book really isn't for you - you already know everything in it. There's nothing for you to learn.

The argument that "in real life", Arabic isn't voweled is without merit. The crucial need for voweling FOR STUDENTS is obvious: if you can already read a newspaper or other advanced text without voweling, then you can hardly call yourself a "student"...you've attained an advanced reading proficiency level and again, this book (or other similar text) isn't for you. You'd just be repeating what you already know and are capable of, so what's the point of buying this book? Just go directly to a newspaper.

Even the now ancient but still highly useful "Michigan" books recognized this very difficult aspect of written Arabic for students. I recall that in their "Newspaper Arabic" text, every new word was voweled the first time it was presented. Why this practice has been discontinued industry-wide is a mystery. I assume it's because of costs and volume.
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