American Association of Teachers of Arabic


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American Association of Teachers of Arabic

American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA) aims to facilitate communication and cooperation between teachers of Arabic and to promote study, criticism, research and instruction in the field of Arabic language pedagogy, Arabic linguistics and Arabic literature. The information available here is a sampling of the materials available to AATA members. For information on joining, please click here, or follow the navigation links to the left.


The AATA Annual Meeting for 2014 will take place in conjunction with the MESA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

The Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday, 22 November in Virginia A (Lobby Level) of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The AATA Panel is 1.00 - 3.00 p.m., and is followed by the AATA Business Meeting, 3.30 - 4.30 p.m.

Please join us for the Panel and plan to stay for the Business Meeting. On the agenda for the Business Meeting is the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor Roger Allen of the University of Pennsylvania and exciting news about Al-'Arabiyya, the journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic.

The program for the Panel is as follows:

Teaching Arabic Through Literature

  • Chair: Mohammad T. Alhawary, University of Michigan
  • Discussant: Roger Allen, University of Pennsylvania
  • Maurice Hines, North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC)-- “From the Bedou to the Ghetto: Striking Parallels between Classical Arabic Literature and Hip Hop Culture”
  • Paul Roochnik, Defense Language Institute--“A Thousand and One Grammar Lessons from Nizar Qabbani?”
  • Lamiaa Youssef, Norfolk State University--“Using Arabic Literature in the L2 Classroom: Strategies and Recommendations”
  • Issam Eido, University of Chicago Divinity School--“Modern Literature as a Social and Cultural Aspect for Teaching Arabic Language: The Case of Adonis and Zakaria Tamer”

If you misplace this email, please look for AATA on the "Meetings in Conjunction" page of the MESA program (not in the list of MESA panels).

I look forward to seeing you,

Elizabeth M. Bergman, Ph.D.
Executive Director
American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA)
3416 Primm Lane
Birmingham, Alabama 35216 USA

Phone 205-822-6800
Fax 205-823-2760




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