American Association of Teachers of Arabic

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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.

Language and Identity in Arabic Teaching and Learning Contexts

Call for Submissions Deadline: April 25, 2018

The American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA) invites members and other professionals in the field of Arabic teaching to submit proposals to participate in the panel, “Language and Identity in Arabic Teaching and Learning Contexts.”

The panel will take place in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) November 15-18, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Details of date, tme and location will follow.  Presentations will focus on the intersection between identity-related issues and Arabic language teaching and learning. Each proposal should be between 250 to 300 words (excluding bibliography), and should have a clear description of the issue or research questions, methods and/or applications and a brief description of the study results, if applicable. The panel will focus on the theoretical and applied aspects of this theme including, but not limited to, scholarly work from the following areas:

Applied Linguistics



Language Assessment

Curriculum Design

Language Acquisition and Teaching/Learning

Linguistic Anthropology 

While either English or Arabic can be used, panelists are strongly encouraged to deliver their presentation in Arabic.  Abstracts can be in either Arabic or English. Please send your proposal to Dris Soulaimani ( by April 25, 2018. You must have “AATA Panel” in the email subject. Late submissions and abstracts exceeding the word limit will not be accepted.  Notification of acceptance will be sent by May 10.  Please note that AATA does not provide funding to enable participation in the panel. 


AATA is pleased to announce the results of the recent Board of Directors Vote:

Incoming President:

  • Ahmed Ferhadi, 2017-2018

Incoming Executive Board Members:

  • Katrien Vanpee, 2017-2019
  • Paul Roochnik, 2017-2019
  • Dris Soulaimani, 2017-2019

Note: Emma Trentman will be serving 2017-2018 filling the vacated term. View the full board listing here.

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