Gateway to Arabic

Introduction

The ‘Gateway to Arabic’ course has been designed to teach Modern Standard Arabic (that is to say, al-lughatul-‘arabiyyatul-fusha to use the Arabic terminology) to learners from a non-Arabic-speaking environment across a wide age range. It assumes no previous knowledge of the Arabic language. The course is based on a set of workbooks that gradually build up the students’ knowledge of Arabic vocabulary and grammar, underpinned by supporting exercises as well as passages of dialogue to encourage the development of conversational skills. At the moment, there are nine books in the ‘Gateway to Arabic’ series, and I shall now present an overview of each title – the early titles in the series will be explored in some detail, and the later titles will be summarised more briefly. 


Gateway to Arabic is a well-structured, progressive course that has been carefully designed to teach Arabic in a non-Arabic-speaking environment to learners from a broad age range. It is highly popular with evening and weekend madrasahs, Muslim schools, as well as with adult learners. As students progress in building up their knowledge of Arabic grammar and vocabulary, they are able to put into practice the skills they have acquired through written exercises, spoken passages of dialogue and comprehension exercises.

The ‘Gateway to Arabic’ course has been designed to teach Modern Standard Arabic (that is to say, al-lughatul-‘arabiyyatul-fusha to use the Arabic terminology) to learners from a non-Arabic-speaking environment across a wide age range. It assumes no previous knowledge of the Arabic language. The course is based on a set of workbooks that gradually build up the students’ knowledge of Arabic vocabulary and grammar, underpinned by supporting exercises as well as passages of dialogue to encourage the development of conversational skills. At the moment, there are nine books in the ‘Gateway to Arabic’ series, and I shall now present an overview of each title – the early titles in the series will be explored in some detail, and the later titles will be summarised more briefly.