Open Textbooks

  • Elementary Arabic I
    “This is an open textbook on Beginner Arabic for undergraduate students who are taking Arabic in their first semester.”
  • Elementary Arabic II
    “This is an open textbook on Elementary Arabic for undergraduate students who are taking Arabic in their second semester.”
  • From MSA to CA: A Beginner’s Guide for Transitioning to Colloquial Arabic
    “This book is for students who have studied Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) for one year or more and would like to learn colloquial Arabic basics using their knowledge of MSA. It aims at transitioning learners from Novice Mid level to Intermediate Low through presenting situations useful for living in an Arab country. The book has several features including hyperlinks, practice dialogues with open answers, cultural tips, and more.”
  • Study Materials for Arabic Students by an Arabic Student

Additional Open and Zero-cost Resources

  • A Hundred and One Rules! (LangMedia)
    “A short reference grammar for beginning and intermediate students of Arabic. Created by Professor Mohammed Jiyad of Mount Holyoke College.”
  • Arabic Collections Online (ACO)
    Established by NYU Abu Dhabi, the grant-funded “Arabic Collections Online (ACO) is a publicly available digital library of public domain Arabic language content.”
  • Arabic for beginners 1 (YouTube)
    This playlist includes fifteen grammar lessons from Lovisa Berg, Dalarna University.
  • ArabicPod (iTunes)
    This podcast (no longer in production) provides thirty short Arabic lessons for beginners.
  • Arabic resources from COERLL
    This collection of open French materials is from the U.S. Department of Education–funded Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL).
  • Aswaat cArabiyya (Arabic Voices)
    This website is “designed for learners and teachers of Arabic seeking materials for listening comprehension” and includes listening materials and accompanying materials selected from television stations in Arabic-speaking countries.
    These freely accessible language lessons at the Global Language Online Support System are from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. Click the appropriate button at the top of the page to search for materials for Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) or one of several vernaculars.
  • Learn Arabic (Live Lingua)
    Find freely accessible courses, modules, and audio materials for Arabic courses particular to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and specific vernaculars.
  • Learn Arabic (Spotify)
    While Spotify offers free access to these audio lessons, it requires users to create logins and contains ads.
  • MERLOT Materials for Arabic
    These materials for Arabic-language instruction are from MERLOT’s World Languages Collection.
  • OER on Arabic (OER Commons)