Synopses & Reviews
Focus on Contemporary Arabic is the fifthand#160;volumeand#160;in the Conversations with Native Speakers series, which strives to offer pioneering multimedia language materials to students at the intermediate and advanced levels. These programs consist of a slim, user-friendly student textbook and an accompanying DVD that contains interviews with a variety of native speakers filmed in the target language. These speakers represent all areas of the cultural spectrum, offering a realistic view of the diversity of the native-speaking populations of the target language. The interviews on the DVD broach an assortment of socially and culturally relevant topics and present students of the language with a glimpse into the complexity of both the language and the culture.
"I am very excited about Shukri Abed's book and DVD.andnbsp;There is no doubt that it is a very valuable tool for second year and above."and#8212;Clarissa Burt, United States Naval Academy
About the Author
Shukri Abed is chairman of the Language and Regional Studies Department at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University.