American Association of Teachers of Arabic

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  • 23 Oct 2013 11:40 AM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)

    The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (JNCOLCTL) is soliciting articles for publication.

    The Journal, published annually by NCOLCTL, is dedicated to the issues and concerns related to the teaching and learning of Less Commonly Taught Languages. The Journal primarily seeks to address the interests of language teachers, administrators, and researchers. Articles that describe innovative and successful teaching methods that are relevant to the concerns or problems of the profession, or that report educational research or experimentation in Less Commonly Taught Languages are welcome. Papers presented at NCOLCTL's annual conference will be considered for publication, but additional manuscripts from members of the profession are also welcome.

    Our general editorial focus is on policy, education, programs, advocacy, and research in the field of Less commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs). The envisioned coverage of the journal is as follows:

    Methodology and Technology
    Beyond Academia
    Social Embeddedness

    The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages shall include papers focusing on broader theoretical and technological issues in all fields of LCTL's along with reports about research and teaching in academia, at both the K-12 and collegiate levels. Also to be included are papers addressing research and teaching in government and industry and issues of a broader social environment, ranging from heritage communities to advancing LCTLs in federal initiatives and legislation in the USA.

    Submitted Manuscripts:
    In preparing the manuscript, please use the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), see 

    Manuscripts should be:
    A maximum of 20 pages (excluding references, charts, notes, etc.) and submitted electronically via word (1997-2003)-document e-mail attachment.

    Double-line spaced throughout, including notes, references, and tables, using 12-point Times New Roman font with a 1.5 inch left margin. (Please ensure that this specified formatting is followed).

    Accompanied by a 150 word (or less) abstract and a cover sheet containing the manuscript title, name, address, office and home telephone numbers, fax number, email address, and full names and institutions of each author. (Because the manuscript will be blind reviewed, identifying information should be on the cover sheet only, and not appear in the manuscript).

    All Manuscripts should be electronically submitted to The Editor at: and copied to the Secretariat at:

    While submissions are welcome at any point, only manuscripts received by November 1, 2013 will be considered for the Spring 2014 issue of the journal.

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  • 03 Jul 2012 12:25 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    If you are planning to attend the ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo and want to save money, take advantage of the Early Bird registration rates which expire next Wednesday, July 11.

    Some hotels are already sold out so make your room reservations now. You will find complete housing and registration information on the ACTFL Convention web site. All of the meetings and sessions will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center with overflow at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

    Attendees will be able to select from more than 600 sessions, meetings and special events over the course of the convention, as well as more than 250 exhibits of the latest education products, services, and technologies. Click here to preview the Online Convention Program for this year’s ACTFL Convention.

    Convention Scholarships Available - Applications Due July 11!

    If you have never attended the ACTFL Convention and World Languages Expo, there are two scholarship programs for which you may be eligible. If you are a member of ACTFL through November 2012, have never attended the ACTFL Convention and have registered for the ACTFL Convention, you may apply for an ACTFL/Vista Higher Learning First Time Attendee Scholarship of $250. If you are within the first three years of your teaching career, you may apply for the Robert J. Ludwig Scholarship of $250.

    The 2012 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo is the largest gathering of language educators in the United States with the largest exhibition anywhere of teaching materials and technology for the language professional. You have to experience this diverse and progressive educational program. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!
    We’ll see you in Philadelphia!

    1001 N Fairfax St Suite 200 Alexandria, VA 22314 
    Phone: 703.894.2900 
    Fax: 703.894.2905
  • 25 Jun 2012 12:28 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    Conference Description:  
    The fourth international conference on immersion education brings together researchers and educators from one-way world language immersion, two-way bilingual immersion, and indigenous/heritage immersion for language and culture revitalization to engage in research-informed dialogue and professional exchange across languages, levels, learner audiences, and sociopolitical contexts. This unique conference includes five plenaries, many paper presentations and symposia, two lunches and a fun dinner-dance. 

    Conference Dates:
    October 18-20, 2012
    Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel
    St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

    Featured Plenary Speakers: 
    Donna Christian
    Center for Applied Linguistics, USA 
    Ester de Jong
    University of Florida, USA
    Tīmoti Kāretu
    Te Panikiretanga o Te Reo,  
    Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, New Zealand 
    Roy Lyster
    McGill University, Canada 
    Merrill Swain
    University of Toronto, Canada

    Early Bird registration closes on June 29th. Regular registration closes September 28th, 2012. Click here for more registration information.

    Click here for the conference brochure.
    Click here for the conference website.

  • 14 Jun 2012 11:44 AM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    The Policy Studies Organization (PSO) and The Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES) invites you to submit a proposal for the Middle East Dialogue 2013 focused on new directions in the Middle East. The Dialogue will be held at the Whittemore House in Washington, DC on Thursday, February 21, 2013. The purpose of the conference is to promote dialogue about current policy concerns and to provide a civil space for discussion across the religious and political spectrum.

    We encourage proposals to be sent in before our early deadline of September 15, 2012 for priority consideration to PSO executive director Daniel Gutierrez-Sandoval at Daniel Gutierrez For more information, visit our website.

    The Policy Studies Organization publishes 11 journals and 3 book series. We promote discussion of policy concerns and further research and dissemination of policy scholarship.

    Please contact me with any questions.


    Dana Kauffman
    Policy Studies Organization
    Communications Director
    1527 New Hampshire Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20036
    Phone: 202-349-9284
    Fax: 202-483-2657

  • 30 May 2012 11:51 AM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    Al-cArabiyya:  Call for papers 2012

    All contributions are due August 1, 2012 by 8:00PM EST.  No late contributions will be accepted.

    Please address all correspondence regarding submissions to:
    Reem Bassiouney
    Al-cArabiyya Journal
    Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies
    Georgetown University 
    1437 37th st. NW, Poulton 206 
    Washington DC 20007
    Phone: 202.687.3925 
    Notes for Contributors

    General:  Al-cArabiyya, the journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic, is a leading journal in the field of Arabic language and linguistics. Al-cArabiyya welcomes scholarly and pedagogical articles, as well as book reviews that contribute to the advancement of study, criticism, research, and teaching in the fields of Arabic language, linguistics, and literature. 

    Authors are encouraged to present an original, scholarly contribution, a perceptive restructuring of existing knowledge, or a discussion of an idea with information and references on how to learn more about the topic. References should be appropriately and sufficiently extensive, and demonstrative of comprehensive awareness of international scholarship.  Conclusions drawn should be accurate, appropriately documented, and soundly argued, without being overextended.

    The overall length of the article should be appropriate to the material treated and should not exceed 7,000 words (no more than 25 pp. in Times New Roman, 12 pt.).  The material should be well-organized and the writing style fluent and professional. Articles in Arabic are welcome. We respectfully request that authors writing in a language other than their native language have their contribution carefully checked by a native speaker before submission.  Do not submit a piece that has been published elsewhere or is being considered for publication elsewhere. Authors alone are responsible for the opinions they express and for the accuracy of facts presented in their articles. 

    Each article is sent to at least two peer reviewers for anonymous evaluation before a final decision is made regarding acceptance to the journal. Responses and comments concerning articles published in previous issues will also be considered for publication. Such responses may, at the discretion of the editor, be published under “Brief Communications.”

    The journal also welcomes translations and bibliographies, provided they meet  Al-cArabiyya guidelines.  Translations should be scholarly and accompanied by an introduction or critical essay, annotations, commentaries, etc. Bibliographies should also be annotated, critical, and accompanied by an appropriate introduction. Translations and bibliographies are subject to the same review process as articles.

    Submission:  Manuscripts should be submitted electronically by email attachment. Please attach both a PDF version and the original MS Word document. Number the pages in the lower right-hand corner. The author’s identity should not be revealed in the manuscript or electronic files; instead, a cover sheet or the body of the email message should include: the author’s name, address (post and email), telephone number, academic affiliation, and the title of the article. If there are multiple authors, please provide the above information for all contributors.

    Articles will not be returned to contributors. An abstract in English of approximately 100 to 150 words should appear at the beginning of the article.

    Typeface. Use italics only for cited linguistic forms, for titles of books and journals, and for subsection headings. Use SMALL CAPITALS, where essential, to give emphasis to a word, phrase, or sentence, or to mark the first occurrence of a technical term.

    Endnotes. Wherever possible, limit notes to simple and brief internal references according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition,* within parentheses. Endotes may be used when necessary.

    Cited forms. Cited forms (letters, morphemes, words, phrases, or sentences) should appear in italics, e.g. the prefix bi-, the word dars. Italics are not used for forms marked as being in phonemic or phonetic transcription, e.g. /sabt/, [sapt]. The meaning of cited forms should appear in double quotation marks with no comma before it, e.g. walad “boy.”

    References. Full citation of references should be given at the end of an article according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.* Within the text, provide in-text citations according to Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition*.  Give the author’s surname, year of publication, and page number(s), where relevant, e.g. Said (1978: 31). Such citations should be given in the body of the text, unless they refer specifically to a statement made in an endnote. 

    The bibliography should be double-spaced, under the heading: REFERENCES. Only works cited in the text should be listed. Use the following examples as a guide:

    Barlow, Michael, and Charles A. Ferguson, eds. Agreement in Natural Language:

    Approaches, Theories, Descriptions. Stanford: Center for the Study of Language and Information, 1988.

    Blanc, Haim. “Stylistic Variations in Spoken Arabic: A sample of Interdialectal

    Educated Conversation.” In Contributions to Arabic Linguistics, edited by Charles Ferguson, 79–161. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1960.

    Blau, Joshua. “The Beginning of the Arabic Diglossia: A Study of the Origin

                of Neo-Arabic.”Afroasiatic Linguistics 4, no.4 (1977): 1–28.

    Bloch, Ariel. “Morphological Doublets in Arabic Dialects.” Zeitschrift der deutschen

                morgenländischen Gesellschaft 117 (1967): 53–73.

    Transliteration/Transcription. Use an accepted or conventional system for transliteration or transcription, as appropriate, and use it consistently. We suggest Doulos SIL fonts (see

    Proofs and copies:  Proofs of accepted manuscripts will typically be sent to the author(s) for careful review, with the response deadline indicated. Proofreading is the author’s responsibility. No extensive alterations are possible once a manuscript has been accepted for publication. 

    Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from the copyright holder to quote extracts or to translate a work, and for forwarding a copy of this permission to the editor. The author (or lead author) of an article or book review receives one copy of the issue in which the contribution is published.

    Editorial Correspondence and book reviews should be sent to:
    Reem Bassiouney
    Al-cArabiyya Journal
    Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies
    Georgetown University 
    1437 37th st. NW, Poulton 206 
    Washington DC 20007
    Phone: 202.687.3925 
    BUSINESS CORRESPONDENCE (regarding subscriptions, AATA membership, etc.) should be sent to:
    American Association of Teachers of Arabic
    3416 Primm Lane
    Birmingham, Alabama 35216 USA
    Phone:  205.822.6800
    *The “Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide” can be found online at:

  • 15 Mar 2012 1:31 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota  has extended the call for proposals for the Immersion Conference 2012 to March 26, 2012. More details on the conference can be found in the announcement below or on the CARLA website.

    Fourth International Immersion Conference
    Immersion 2012: 
    Bridging Contexts for a Multilingual World

    October 18-20, 2012
    Crowne Plaza St. Paul-Riverfront
    St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

    Featured Plenary Speakers

    Donna Christian, Senior Fellow, Center for Applied Linguistics, USA 
    Ester de Jong, Associate Professor, University of Florida, USA
    Tīmoti Kāretu, Executive Director, Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, New Zealand 
    Roy Lyster, Professor, McGill University, Canada 
    Merrill Swain, Professor Emerita, University of Toronto, Canada

    Conference Description can be found on the website.

  • 28 Feb 2012 1:17 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    Boston University's  Arabic team is very excited to be presenting this year at NECTFL. Our three hour session is entitled : Developing Engaging Interactive Classroom Activities with Everyday Vocabulary. We hope that you are able to attend the conference and our session which will be held in Baltimore in the third week of April. Here is a link with detailed information about the conference and pre-registration is open right now. Please note that there are two other three hour sessions for Arabic at this conference. 

  • 03 Feb 2012 3:46 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University invites you to participate in the Western Consortium of Title VI National Resource Centers for Middle East Studies’ Spring 2012 workshop for educators of Middle Eastern languages (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish) on March 17-18. The workshop will focus on Content Based Language Instruction (CBI), a pedagogical method that supports language education through thematic content rather than using content simply as a vehicle for learning reading, writing, grammar, and other mechanics of the language.  

    We are offering free registration for high school teachers of Arabic, including lunch and snacks throughout the conference.  Teachers are responsible for their own transportation and accommodations.

    More information at the workshop can be found at:  If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please be in touch with Elisheva Cohen, Outreach Coordinator for the Middle East Studies Center by Monday, February 13. She will work with you on arranging your flight and hotel reservations.  You can reach her at, 503-725-5054.
  • 10 Jan 2012 2:16 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    March 9-10, 2012
    The University Hotel Minneapolis
    Minneapolis, MN

    Exploring Approaches to Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum
    Register now for the Sixth Annual CLAC Conference
    Early bird deadline January 19, 2012

    This conference provides an opportunity for faculty, graduate instructors, and administrators to share expertise in building and managing CLAC programs. The conference will address the practical issues related to developing successful pedagogical models for the use of world language and culture learning across the post-secondary curriculum. 

    Conference Focus

    A specific focus of the 6th annual conference on Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) will be on presenting and discussing a variety of models and aspects of post-secondary programs implementing world languages and cultures across the curriculum. Seasoned CLAC practitioners, those in the process of implementing programs, as well as prospective CLAC program developers will come together to share ideas and best practices in our evolving and unique field of education for global citizens.  Attendees at the CLAC conference will learn how CLAC programs are implemented at other institutions and will have a rare opportunity for extended discussions examining design and delivery of a CLAC curriculum. 

    Plenary Topics and Speakers

    • CLAC in a Nutshell
      • Tanya Kinsella, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • From First- and Second-Year Foreign Language Instruction to CLAC: A Quantum Leap or a Well-Trodden Path
      • Gwendolyn Barnes-Karol, St. Olaf College 
    • Modeling Collaboration between Foreign Languages and Sustainability Studies
      • Frances Matos-Schultz, University of Minnesota 
      • Charlotte Melin, University of Minnesota  
      • Patricia Mougel, University of Minnesota  

    In addition to an exciting line up of sessions, panels and posters, the CLAC conference is also offering three pre-conference workshops for an additional fee:

    • Fostering Critical Thinking and Academic Language through Visual Images: A Hands-On Approach 
    • How to Design and Implement a CLAC Program that Works for Your Campus 
    • Preparing Graduate Students to Teach CLAC 
    Register now!
    Early bird registration deadline - January 19, 2012! 

    More Information

    The 6th annual conference on Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota. CARLA is a Title VI Resource Center funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  The conference is cosponsored by the institutional members of the CLAC Consortium: Baldwin-Wallace College, Binghamton University-SUNY, Drake University, Portland State University, Skidmore College, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Richmond, and Wittenberg University. 

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  • 01 Dec 2011 1:37 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations’ Graduate Students Association (University of Toronto)


    The 16th Annual Graduate Symposium

    Open Call for Papers

    Near and Middle Eastern Studies in the Midst of Revolution
    March 5-6, 2012
    Deadline: January 9, 2012

    The Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Graduate Students Association of the University of Toronto invites proposals for the 16th Annual Graduate Symposium to be held on March 5-6, 2012. Since 1997, the NMCGSA Symposium has provided the opportunity for promising graduate students to share their original research with the broader scholarly community in a conference-like forum, and to publish their presentations as proceedings. By annually bringing together specialists in archaeology, history (both modern and ancient), anthropology, comparative literature, religion, philosophy, art, and political science, the symposium provides a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary discourse focused on the study of the Near and Middle East. The 2012 symposium aims to highlight this diversity in order to foster communication and exchange across disciplinary boundaries. While we encourage submissions that are related to the recent Arab Spring movements, we are nevertheless open to any variety of topics that pertain to the realm of Near and Middle Eastern Studies. We are also open to reviewing unorthodox proposals.

    Submitting a Paper: Presenters are asked to submit an abstract of 250 words by e-mail attachment no later than January 9, 2012. Submissions should also include the following information in the body of the email: presenters name, program (M.A, Ph.D.), year of study, research focus, university/department, complete address, telephone number, email address, title of paper, and audio-visual requirements.

    Presentations must not exceed 20 minutes. The abstracts will be reviewed by committee and presenters will be informed of their acceptance no later than February 8, 2012. For purposes of anonymous adjudication, please do NOT include your name or other identification on the abstract attachment.

    If your paper is being submitted as part of a proposed panel or considered under a specific theme, please include the panel title or the proposed theme under the title of the paper on the abstract. 

    In order to foster greater scholarly dialogue, partial funding will be made available to five graduate students from North American universities to assist with travel costs. For eligibility please visit the symposium web site.

    Please send us your submissions via the following e-mail address:

    Symposium Co-Coordinator
    Graduate Students' Association
    Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations 
    University of Toronto

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