Al-Kitaab Second Edition FAQs

The Al-Kitaab Arabic Language Program second edition includes:

All of the above second editions will remain in print for the indefinite future. Third editions are available for the Al-Kitaab series and you can learn more about them here.

FAQs for the Al-Kitaab Arabic Language Program, Second Edition Textbooks

  1. What is the difference between the second edition and third edition of the Al-Kitaab Arabic Language Program?
  2. What is the sequence of the Al-Kitaab Arabic language program? Where do students start and how long will it take them to complete each level?
  3. Is there a second edition of Al-Kitaab Part Three?
  4. What are the multimedia components of the second edition textbooks?
  5. Can teachers order desk or examination copies?
  6. What is included in the multimedia and are they keyed to the text? Or do they stand alone as supplemental material?
  7. Is the answer key provided free when I purchase an Al-Kitaab Second Edition textbook?
  8. How can I purchase the answer key?
  9. Are the textbooks and other components available for purchase in foreign countries?

FAQs for the Al-Kitaab Arabic Language Program, Second Edition DVDs

  1. I purchased a copy of the textbook that came with a DVD. I have misplaced one of my DVDs. Can I purchase just the DVD I need?
  2. I have a copy of one or more of the DVDs. What equipment do I need to play the DVDs?
  3. Some of the menu items on my 2nd edition DVD are not clickable. Is my DVD defective?
  4. Technical Information and System Requirements
  5. Navigation Tips

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FAQs about Textbooks

1. What is the difference between the second edition and third edition of the Al-Kitaab Arabic Language Program?

The second edition textbooks, originally published in the early 2000s, present formal/written Arabic alongside spoken Egyptian Arabic and encourage learners to engage with and learn both the spoken and formal varieties. Audio and video include the story of Maha and Khalid in both Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and in Egyptian Arabic, exposing students to a spoken variety. Emphasis remains on MSA in the grammar discussions.

The third edition textbooks use the fully integrated method of teaching and learning formal/written Arabic alongside Egyptian Arabic and Levantine Arabic. Learners or teachers can choose which spoken variety to learn. The story is presented in both varieties, with Maha and Khalid as the main characters in the Egyptian story and Nesreen and Tarik as the main characters in the Levantine story. The books include full vocabulary lists for both Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and each spoken variety, as well as discussions of grammar points for both MSA and each spoken variety.

2. What is the sequence of the Al-Kitaab Arabic Language Program? Where do students start and how long will it take them to complete each level?

The second edition program is designed for college-level use over four years. The program begins with Alif Baa, which introduces the basic skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and cultural understanding and provides the first 20 to 25 contact hours of instruction. Students then proceed onto Al-Kitaab fii TacAllum AlcArabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic: Part One. This volume covers approximately 130-150 contact hours of instruction in which students should achieve an intermediate-mid to intermediate-high level of proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The book provides vocabulary activities, introduces students to grammar using spiraling and inference, and exposes students to Egyptian Colloquial Arabic through short video clips. Previously available only on DVDs but available for free at AlKitaabTextbook.com beginning October 1, 2020, the accompanying multimedia present dialogues, vocabulary, and cultural situations for learning.

Al-Kitaab fii TacAllum AlcArabiyya: A Textbook for Arabic: Part Two is the next volume in the series. Covering 150 contact hours of instruction, Part Two brings students to the advanced level of proficiency. Part Two stresses the various skills and introduces learners to various facets of Arab culture and Arab societies. Previously available only on DVDs but available for free at AlKitaabTextbook.com beginning October 1, 2020, the accompanying multimedia present dialogues, vocabulary, and cultural situations for learning.

The final volume in the program, Al-Kitaab fii TacAllum AlcArabiyya with DVD and MP3 CD: A Textbook for Arabic: Part Three continues the same approach used in Part Two and aims to take students to the advanced-high level of proficiency.  Part Three covers 125-150 contact hours of instruction. Previously available only on DVDs but available for free at AlKitaabTextbook.com beginning October 1, 2020, the accompanying multimedia present dialogues, vocabulary, and cultural situations for learning.

The multimedia for the second editions, which is available for free at AlKitaabTextbook.com, is designed to fully integrate with the content of the book. The multimedia content includes the audio and video needed to work on exercises in the book. Previously this content was available on DVDs sold with the textbook. If you purchased a book with DVDs, you can either use the DVD or find the same content on AlKitaabTextbook.com.

3. Is there a second edition of Al-Kitaab Part Three?

No. There is a not a second (revised) edition of Part Three. A newly packaged Part Three was released in April 2007. While the textbook material remained the same, new multimedia was added to complete the story of Maha and Khalid. All audio and video will be available on AlKitaabTextbook.com beginning October 1, 2020.

4. What are the multimedia components of the second edition textbooks?

In order to successfully complete the second edition textbooks, learners need audio and video content that fully integrates with the textbook’s content, including exercises and drills. Prior to August 2020, the multimedia content was available on DVDs sold with the textbook. If you purchased a book with DVDs, you can either use the DVD or find the same content on AlKitaabTextbook.com.

5. Can teachers order desk or examination copies of the Al-Kitaab Second Edition textbooks?

Yes! Access to a desk or examination copy will include a copy of the answer key for the selected textbook. Teachers can request a print or digital copy of any of the Al-Kitaab Second Edition textbooks by filling out the form on the Georgetown University Press website here. Print copies are mailed via media mail and will take longer to arrive. Digital access can be granted much more quickly. If you are concerned about time, we encourage you to select the digital option. Student requests for desk or examination copies will not be granted.

6. What is included in the multimedia and are they keyed to the text? Or do they stand alone as supplemental material?

The multimedia are an integral part of the textbooks and cannot be used separately or as supplemental materials. Likewise, the textbooks cannot be used without the multimedia content. The books and multimedia form a unified whole that cannot be separated without affecting the quality of the overall program. All parts of the audio and video are keyed to the text, with icons appearing in the textbook and the multimedia files including the lesson and section to which they correspond. Beginning October 1, 2020, you can find all of the audio and video for the second edition textbooks at AlKitaabTextbook.com. Please follow the prompts in the textbook and locate the chapter and section of text or exercise to match the audio or video file. You may listen or watch as many times as you would like.

7. Is the answer key provided free when I purchase an Al-Kitaab Second Edition textbook?

No. We do not provide free answer keys with any textbooks. Answer keys are available in print and ebook format. Please visit our Al-Kitaab homepage for more information.

8. How can I purchase the answer key?

Most bookstores do not carry answer keys. Answer keys are available in print and ebook format. They can be ordered online from Georgetown University Press or by contacting one of our distributors.

9. Are the textbooks and other components available for purchase in foreign countries?

Yes! If you are ordering from outside of the US, please click here to learn more about contacting our foreign distributors and for ordering information.

FAQs about DVDs

10. I purchased a copy of the textbook that came with a DVD. I have misplaced one of my DVDs. Can I purchase just the DVD I need?

For those who have misplaced, lost, or damaged their second edition disks, we no longer sell or have stock of the DVDs. All of the audio and video that you need is available at AlKitaabTextbook.com.

11. I have a copy of one or more of the DVDs. What equipment do I need to play the DVDs?

Due to changes in technology and the general phasing out of DVD use, Georgetown University Press is no longer creating or making available DVDs. Beginning October 1, 2020, you can find all of the audio and video for the second edition textbooks at AlKitaabTextbook.com. Follow the prompts in the textbook and locate the chapter and section of text or exercise to match the audio or video file. Listen or watch as many times as you would like.

Please note that Georgetown University Press does not provide technical support for the CDs or DVDs that are part of the Al-Kitaab Arabic LanguageProgram.

Georgetown University Press recommends that the DVDs that are provided with this series be played on a computer, rather than a home DVD player. For optimum performance, the recommended programs for playing these DVDs is

For more information, please see the Technical Information section below.

The DVDs are not region-code specific, meaning that they are playable in any region worldwide. They are recommended for use on NTSC-format and computer DVD players. The DVDs may also play on PAL-format DVD players that are equipped to convert NTSC DVDs; however, a specific PAL-format DVD is not available. Because the DVDs for the second editions have a large amount of video and audio content, it is strongly advised to play them on newer computers with more memory and a higher speed processor.

12. Some of the menu items on my 2nd edition DVD are not clickable. Is my DVD defective?

No, the DVD is not defective. The sidebar items on the DVD are meant to outline the possible functions of the DVD. However, each unit is different. For example, some units may include content in “Signs” and the link to those exercises will be active; other units may not include content in “Signs” and the link will be inactive.

13. Technical Information and System Requirements for the Al-Kitaab, Second Edition DVDs

Georgetown University Press does not provide person-to-person technical support for the DVDs that may have come with your book. Below is a list of system requirements and tips to guide you in using the DVDs. NOTE: As explained above, all audio and video for the second edition textbooks is also available at AlKitaabTextbook.com.

For optimum performance, use Windows XP (for PC) or OS X (for Mac) with Windows Media Player version 10 or higher or the newest version of RealPlayer to play the DVDs. If you are using an earlier version of Windows, you may experience difficulties in playing these DVDs.

Windows Media Player is available as a free download in formats for both Macs and PCs at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads. RealPlayer is available for free at http://www.real.com/player.

System Requirements

  • Operating Systems: Windows 9x/NT4/ME/2000/XP; Mac OS 9 and higher
  • Processors: Pentium II and higher; Mac G3 and higher
  • RAM: 128 MB
  • Monitor Resolution: 800×600 and higher
  • DVD-ROM drive with 2x speed
  • Peripherals: Sound card, video card, speakers, DVD player software

14. Navigation Tips

  • To move through the DVD, single click on the highlighted buttons. Click the Menu button on the screen or the Menu button on your remote to end audios or videos and return to the main menu. Click the Return button to return to the top menu.
  • Though each screen contains a menu on the side, not all sections apply to each lesson. If the section is not clickable–for example, the Signs section in early lessons of Alif Baa– then this section is not available in this lesson. This does not mean your DVD is defective.
  • To fast forward to a particular part of a video or audio passage, use the slider bar on the bottom of the player’s window to scroll to it.
  • If you encounter difficulties when trying to play the DVD on your computer, you may want to allot more memory to virtual memory, or you may restart your computer to refresh the virtual memory. Consult your computer’s manual on how to do this.
  • If you experience any trouble playing the DVD, it is possible that the computer is not equipped to play it. Please try to play it on a different computer or listen to / watch the same content on AlKitaabTextbook.com.