Mastering Arabic Series

by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar

Notes for teachers

Additional resources for teachers on the Mastering Arabic website:

  • Series overview
    A grid showing how components of the Mastering Arabic series can be used together to provide maximum support.
  • Notes in Arabic
  • Powerpoint presentations
    Illustrated Powerpoint presentations for each of the main units of Mastering Arabic 1 and Mastering Arabic 2. See the main website page for ideas of how to use the presentations in the classroom.
  • Video activities
    Short video activities featuring native speakers from different parts of the Arabic-speaking world. Watching the videos on the companion website will enhance listening skills. The accompanying videoworksheets allow students to reinforce comprehension and expand their vocabulary.
  • Handwriting worksheets
    These ready-to-print PDFs show students how to perfect the more complicated characters in Arabic script.
  • Additional classroom activities
    Additional activities for classroom use complementary to the main Mastering Arabic courses. The activities concentrate on pair work and group work to enhance the four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • Audio flashcards
    Online audio flashcards. Mastering Arabic vocabulary review in a fun and friendly format. Suitable for use in classroom or for individual learning.
  • A4 classroom printouts
    Ready-to-print enlarged PDF versions of some of the more complex activities in the Mastering Arabic course books. Perfect for classroom use or for homework.
  • Audioscripts
    Ready-to-print PDF audioscripts containing the full transcript for reference of listening and speaking activities included in the Mastering Arabic course books.
  • Useful websites
    Carefully selected websites to support your teaching of Arabic. Many of the sites list additional material and resources for use in the classroom.
  • Additional reference
    This appendix of extra material offers wider advice to support learning and teaching.

Licences for upload of audio to a VLE in institutions

Lecturers and teachers are allowed to upload MP3 files once they acquire from us a free licence, when in support of a classroom adoption of one of Mastering Arabic 1 or Mastering Arabic 2. Please email Charlotte Padmore for this licence, giving details of your name, institution, module/class name, class size and which title you are using. Once the licence is complete, we can email you the MP3 files.


The Mastering Arabic series:

  • Mastering Arabic 1
    First level course with two accompanying audio CDs. Suitable for complete beginners of all ages.
  • Mastering Arabic 2
    Second level course with two accompanying audio CDs. Suitable for those who have completed Mastering Arabic 1 or who have some previous knowledge of Arabic and the Arabic script.
  • Mastering Arabic 1: Activity Book
    Further practice for beginners in a larger format. Activities match Mastering Arabic 1 course unit-by-unit. Perfect for homework or review.
  • Mastering Arabic 2: Activity Book
    More practice to match the Mastering Arabic 2 course unit-by-unit. Perfect for homework or review. No audio required.
  • Mastering Arabic Grammar
    Supplementary reference grammar for beginners and early intermediate students. Includes extensive practice activities.
  • Mastering Arabic Script
    Guide to handwriting Arabic, with individual letters presented in detail and extensive practice activities.
  • Mastering Arabic Vocabulary and Pronunciation
    Vocabulary lists (with audio accessible on this website) and a range of illustrated activities to practise that vocabulary.
Sample chapters from each book are available to view on the website.

Order any of the publications from this series.


We hope you find the Mastering Arabic website useful in your teaching of Arabic. We welcome feedback and suggestions for future inclusion.