"An Introduction to Moroccan Arabic and Culture" and the accompanying multimedia DVD are designed to enable students to communicate effectively using Moroccan Arabic. Since Moroccan Arabic is rarely written or used in formal communication, the strength of the book lies in training learners in speaking and listening skills that can be used in everyday situations. Upon completing this course, students should be able to: greet people; introduce themselves; ask and reply to simple questions; use days and numbers in context; order food; shop; make appointments and reservations; give directions; talk about future plans; and, use common idiomatic expressions. Each chapter includes: cultural introductions to social, religious, or cultural aspects of Moroccan society; listening comprehension exercises; vocabulary exercises; dialogues and texts; conversation practice; grammar instruction on how native speakers structure their speech; and, interactive and video materials to support cultural understanding, listening, speaking, and grammar explanations. This book uses Romanized transcription alongside Arabic script for the first three chapters and thereafter only the Arabic script.
It also includes a glossary and answer key. It requires approximately 120 contact hours, plus 180-240 additional hours of preparation outside class. A novice student should reach the intermediate-mid level of proficiency by the end of this course.
Abdellah Chekayri is an associate professor and coordinator of the Arabic language program at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco.
PrefaceLetters and sounds 1. Getting Acquainted (Part 1) 2. Getting Acquainted (Part 2) 3. The Family (Part 1) 4. The Family (Part 2) 5. Time 6. Daily Activities 7. At the Cafe 8. Shopping 9. At the Restaurant 10. In the City 11. Traveling 12. Geography and Weather 13. Ramadan and 'Achoura 14. Clothes and Celebrations