Upper Intermediate Arabic through Discussion
20 Lessons on Contemporary Topics with Integrated Skills and Fluency-building Activities for MSA Learners
A dynamic and creative approach to teaching spoken Arabic in the classroom for the Upper Intermediate level by the author of Media Arabic
Upper-Intermediate Arabic through Discussion is a classroom-tested course that uses an inquiry-based approach to challenge intermediate learners of Arabic by engaging them in thought-provoking discussions about topics of general interest. Each topic is framed in the form of a question, such as “How can we learn a new language fast?” or” Why are some sports more popular than others?,” to motivate students to immediately start searching for an answer.
Drawing on her long experience as an Arabic instructor, Nevenka Korica Sullivan has organized the book into twenty chapters, each one devoted to a single theme. While exploring each topic, learners are guided to expand their vocabulary, acquire more complex structures, and discover systemic relationships between language form, function, and meaning. A rich assortment of exercises and activities ensures that learners make palpable progress in advancing their language skills.
The course is designed to create a lively learner-centered classroom where interaction between participants is both the goal and the means of language study; it can also be successfully used with a tutor or for independent study.
Discussion 1: Why Do We Study Foreign Languages?
Discussion 2: Why Do We Study MSA When Arabs Speak in Colloquial?
Discussion 3: How Can We Learn A New Language Fast?
Discussion 4: What is the World Going To Be Like in Fifty Years?
Discussion 5: Are Robots Going to Rule the World?
Discussion 6: What Is a Healthy Lifestyle?
Discussion 7: How Can We Cure Internet Addiction?
Discussion 8: Would You Like to Have a Perfect Memory?
Discussion 9: Can Music Change the World?
Discussion 10: What Are The Characteristics of a Good Leader?
Discussion 11: Would You Buy a Gun?
Discussion 12: Can Humor Help Us Overcome Problems?
Discussion 13: Do You Prefer Traditional Tourism or Alternative Tourism?
Discussion 14: What Are the Pros and Cons of Living in a Tall Building?
Discussion 15: What Is the Turning Point in Your Life?
Discussion 16: Why Are Some Sports More Popular than Others?
Discussion 17: What Can We Do to End Plastic Pollution?
Discussion 18: What Is Your Carbon Footprint?
Discussion 19: How Can Sustainable Development Be Achieved?
Discussion 20: How is Artificial Intelligence Going to Change the World?
Appendix I: Verb Form Patterns
Appendix II: Hollow Verbs
Appendix II: Weak Verbs
Appendix IV: Geminate Verbs
Appendix V: Useful Expressions