As salaamu alaykum.
What are the relatives strengths and weaknesses of the 3 volume "Arabic Course for English Speaking Students" (often times refered to simply as the "Madinah Books") and "An Nahw al Wadih" (pardon me if the spelling is incorrect)?
How different are the two courses in their approach? How much do they differ, if at all, with respect to the depth with which they go into?
Which set of books do you believe would be beneficial for one to study with a teacher? More importantly, how about for the self-learner? Would you advise that one study both courses? If so, in what order?
And how much overlap is there between the two?
If some of my more knowledgeable brothers and sisters, both those who have played the role of teacher and learner, could share their thoughts, insights, comments, and opinions, it would be most appreciated.