The News in Simplified Arabic is posted to the web
twice monthly and delivers a survey of the previous two weeks' news in
simplified standard Arabic. Listeners of Voice of America's "Special
English" broadcasts will recognize the slightly slower rate of speech and
textual redundancy which characterize these webcasts.
Why? In earlier times, the news was easy
to understand. The formulaic messages were predictable and the
diction clear and slow. But since the advent of modern media outlets such as Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, newscasts feature telegraphic
speech and fast diction. Our webcasts serve as a stepping stone between
the teacher talk of the classroom and the "real" Arabic of the media.
Authentic news. The news itself is taken from a number of
Arabic-language sites, including BBC-Arabic Service, Al Jazeera, CNN, Al Hayat, and others. The editorial "slant" is left unchanged and should not be taken to represent the views of the NCLRC.
The accompanying exercises include pre-listening background
information, vocabulary support, and post-listening activities. The
exercises are written in the multiple-choice or fill-in formats. Listeners
can check their answers with a mouse click.
Timeframe. The news cycle covered runs two weeks with new postings
every other Monday or Tuesday.
Who can listen? The news items, style, and exercise level are
aimed at students with listening skills at ACTFL Intermediate-mid to
Intermediate-high. In most cases, this corresponds to college Arabic at
the end of second-year.
Suggestions for listening. Listening to a flow-of-speech can be
a daunting and frustrating task. Learning to live with the frustration is
part of the learning curve. So we advise that you try these steps in this
Copyright information. Users may download both the written and
audio versions of the exercises, copy them, and redistribute them. The
only restriction is that the material must be cited: "The News in Simplified Arabic, a project of the National Capital Language
Resource Center: www.nclrc.org."
Complaints and kudos can be sent to the project director: Rana Kanaan Casteel.
Credits. Project director: Rana Kanaan Casteel. Executive Director: Richard Robin. Subscribe in a reader