April 28, 2020
We have been notified that Smart Sparrow’s platform has been acquired by Pearson, and all of the Smart Sparrow Companion websites will be shut down on December 31, 2020. There can be no extension or change to this.
We are disappointed and upset by the inconvenience this causes you, the teachers and learners using the Al-Kitaab books.
How Do I Teach in Fall 2020 and Beyond?
You can continue to use the websites through December 31, 2020, if you choose to do so. We have removed all paywalls so no payment is required to use them before they are shut down. The sites can be accessed here:
If you prefer not to use them and for those teaching January 1, 2021, and beyond, the audio and video on alkitaabtextbook.com will continue to be freely available to use. Answer keys for each book are available, as they have been, for purchase on our website. In addition, the website now includes a discussion board for teachers, which allows instructors to connect with one another about topics of interest related to the Al-Kitaab Arabic Language Program.
The DVDs are now obsolete but learners still need the audio and video. All of the audio and video that learners need to complete the activities and drills in the third edition books are available on this website, alkitaabtextbook.com. To watch and listen to them, select the book from the tab at the top of this screen and navigate to the lesson you are studying. Listen or watch as many times as necessary.
What Comes Next?
We are actively seeking a new website platform that will give teachers and learners what they need. Once we have additional news to share, we will post information here and share it widely.
Companion Websites on Quia
The Quia Books platform is being discontinued by its parent company. The old companion websites are available at books.quia.com only through December 31, 2019. After that date, no new classes can be created and no new accesses will be granted.