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Ahlan wa Sahlan Instructor's Handbook

Ahlan wa Sahlan: Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Intermediate Learners: Instructor's Handbook by Mahdi Alosh

Primary Use: Teaching tips to go along with Ahlan wa Sahlan
Format:6 chapters each divided into subsections, the first five dealing with teaching methodologies and the last applying the methodologies to Ahlan wa Sahlan: Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners
Meant For:Arabic teachers


This unique book is a must-read for anyone who is an Arabic teacher or would like to become one, whether Ahlan wa Sahlan is used in the classroom or not. It includes tips on teaching from how to create the right kind of atmosphere in the classroom to specific drills used with Ahlan wa Sahlan. The example drills in the book can be generally applied to any language-learning textbook.

This book is not recommended for those students who are looking to learn Arabic as opposed to learning how to teach Arabic, as there is not much in here of use in that regard. There is nothing specific to Arabic grammar in the book, either teaching or learning it.

This book is divided into the following sections and chapters:

    Chapter One: Introduction
    Chatper Two: A Brief Overview of Foreign Langauge Approaches and Methods
    Chapter Three: Components, Design, and Organization
    Chapter Four: Classroom Procedures
    Chatper Five: Assessment of Learning
    Chapter Six: Oral Presentation and Practice, with examples for each lesson from Ahlan wa Sahlan
Appendix 1: Evaluation Forms
Appendix 2: A Modified Survey of Language Learning Strategies
Appendix 3: Sample Lesson Plan
Appendix 4: Language Performance Scales

How to Use It Although this book is best used in conjunction with Ahlan wa Sahlan, it doesn't have to be. It is best used if read from front to back, particularly the first 49 pages. Starting on page 50, drills specific to Ahlan wa Sahlan begin. They are good concrete examples of the teaching philosophy espoused in the rest of the book.


Alosh, Mahdi. Ahlan wa Sahlan: Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners: Instructor's Handbook. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000.