Syrian Arabic transcripts from Al-Kitaab

November 7, 2019
Tags: -teaching-materials -syrian-arabic
Length: short

Update 2021-10-22 — Editing. The videos were recently taken down from www.alkitaabtextbook.com and are no longer freely available.

Update 2020-01-14 — The longer texts for all 13 chapters now added to the repository.

Update 2020-04-11 — A description of the procedures I use when teaching this material has been added to the README linked in the post.

I am currently teaching a course in Syrian Arabic using material from the Al-Kitaab textbook, 3d edition, by Brustad, Al-Batal, Mahmoud, and al-Tunsi. The course runs parallel with a course covering the Standard Arabic part of the same material. The dialectal material in this book is excellent. It is carefully designed to rely on vocabulary and grammar from the chapter at hand while still having an authentic feel to it and being slightly challenging. The material is however only available as videos. In my view, having these dialogues as text facilitates classroom discussion of the dialogues. I have therefore transcribed most the Syrian Arabic material, namely the longer dialect dialogue found in each chapter. The transcripts can be found here. See the readme for more details and for a description of how I typically use these transcriptions in my teaching.