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Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is the literary language of todays books, media, and formal communication throughout the Arab world, the regions principal shared language of written and official discourse. The first book in this new series for the classroom is designed for adult learners of the language at the beginner stage. Drawing on her years of experience as an Arabic instructor, author Samia Louis has developed a course rich in everyday contexts and real-life, practical language, along with a wide range of grammar-learning strategies to allow students to deploy the language with confidence. Written in accordance with the ACTFL guidelines for teaching Arabic as a foreign language, the course is conceived in such a way to make the study of Arabic language and grammar easier for the student. Book 1 is divided into ten chapters, focusing on specific everyday situations, including greetings and introductions; people and names; numbers, dates, and telephone numbers; and directions and addresses. The chapters allow for the gradual acquisition of vocabulary and grammar, the exercises at the end of each chapter covering all the crucial skills of listening, reading, writing, and pronunciation, with emphasis on reading and writing. The accompanying DVD includes material for all listening activities, dialogs, and pronunciation exercises, as well as films of real-life situations covered in the chapters. The book is further supported by reading, writing, and grammar drills accessible through the Internet.