(MENAFN- Gulf Times)
Dr Yehia A Mohamed, associate professor of Arabic at Qatar Foundation partner Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), is the author of a new textbook titled 'Reading the Arab World', which allows students to learn how the Arabic language works in the real world. The content-based textbook for intermediate to advanced students is divided into 10 units over 378 pages and is designed to enhance language skills through exposure to authentic texts.
Recently released, this textbook is an ideal resource for students of Arabic as a second or heritage language working at or above the Intermediate-High level on the ACTFL proficiency scale. As it is particularly aimed at Advanced and Post-Advanced levels, it is well-suited for post-instructional language courses. Students will be able to continue developing their reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills as they learn about contemporary issues shaping the Arab world through a range of authentic texts.
Dr Mohamed said the inspiration to write this textbook came from his lesson planning for a GU-Q course he teaches, titled 'Topics in the Arab World'. For the course, he selects reading material on a diverse range of issues in the contemporary Arab world, including politics, economics, thought, history and culture, to expand and enhance student vocabulary and knowledge about the Arab world.
“Over the past decade, I have gathered and organised numerous audio, visual and written texts from various sources, which I have used to develop exercises and activities for this course, until I reached a point where I felt my accumulated body of work was sufficient to compile a book dealing with the issues of the contemporary Arab world,” he said.
Noting that most heritage Arabic learners at the university level are neither specialists nor sufficiently exposed to written texts on challenging contemporary issues, Dr Mohamed hopes his textbook will fill these knowledge gaps with topics that cover a range of issues, including politics, religion, family, women, youth, the economy, development, culture, society, and thought.
Dr Mohamed is an associate professor of Arabic at GU-Q. He is a certified rater and tester from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. He has published two books on the phonology of Arabic and Semitic languages. Dr Mohamed also launched the Arabic Book Club at GU-Q to engage the intellectual community in Qatar.
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