American Association of Teachers of Arabic

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  • 18 Feb 2016 12:25 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Call for Submissions Deadline: April 10, 2016

    The American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA) invites members and other professionals in the field of Arabic teaching to submit proposals for participation in a panel on “Arabic Foreign Language Pedagogy: Current and Innovative Techniques.” The panel will take place in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on Thursday, November 17, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. Presentations will focus on current or innovative techniques and demonstration of such techniques in developing the language skills as well as the teaching of the various language components.

    • Possible topics may include, but need not be limited to, the following:
    • techniques of teaching any of the four basic language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing,
    • techniques of teaching any of the language components: pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar
    • techniques of teaching Arabic literature
    • techniques of teaching Arabic Culture
    • use of state of the art technology in teaching Arabic.

    While either English or Arabic can be used, panelists are strongly encouraged to deliver their presentation in Arabic.  Please send your proposal to by April 10, 2016. Your proposal should be 250 words. Notification of acceptance will be sent by April 25.

  • 08 Dec 2015 8:45 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Second Call for Papers:

    You are invited to submit proposals for presentation at the International

    "Investigating Arabic Second Language Learning: Empirical Findings and Trends"

    to be held at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, September 24-25, 2016: 

    The conference is an open forum for scholars interested in exploring empirically the different aspects of Arabic second/foreign language learning within current approaches, including:

    Formal (generative, functional, typological) Cognitive (processability, attention, noticing and awareness) Input-based (input processing, input, interaction and output) Frequency and usage-based

    Language socialization
    Discourse, Conversation, or Pragmatic

    Topics can also deal with the theory and practice of Arabic second/foreign language teaching. Encouraged topics include but not limited to:

    Application of classroom approaches or specific techniques to teach language skills and components (speaking, listening, reading, writing, culture, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation) Technology-mediated learning and teaching Local versus study-abroad environment
    L1 transfer in L2 acquisition
    L2 transfer in L3 acquisition
    L2 maintenance and attrition
    Learning strategies
    Individual differences and external variables (aptitude, anxiety, attitude, distance, and motivation) Learner’s perception Accuracy Fluency Foreign language testing Second language acquisition-testing interface Heritage learners Teacher education

    Confirmed keynote speakers:

    Prof. Bill VanPatten, Michigan State University <

    Prof. Sami Boudelaa, University of UAE & Cambridge University <

    Prof. Lotfi Sayahi, University at Albany – SUNY <

    Languages of the conference:
    English and Arabic

    Abstract submission:
    To present a paper, an abstract is required. To submit an abstract, please visit the following site: 

    Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts:
    February 28, 2016

    Notification of abstract acceptance:
    March 30, 2016

    Following the conference, papers which are recommended by external peer reviewers will be published in a book under contract with Routledge.

    Co-Sponsors at U-M:

    Department of Near Eastern Studies <

    Department of Linguistics <

    CMENAS <

    Institute for the Humanities <

    Please contact the conference organizer, Prof. Mohammad Alhawary:

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