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  • 19 Jan 2021 9:40 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    AATA panel
    MESA Conference, October 28, 2021

    Teaching Arabic Literature in Translation:
    Approaches and Objectives

    While the teaching of language remains the primary goal of many programs of world languages, instructors are increasingly offering courses of literature in English translation to enable students to develop literary and cultural competencies and to promote cross-cultural understanding. In most Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies programs, Arabic Literature in English Translation courses vary in their focus and purpose.

    In this AATA panel, we invite researchers and pedagogues to reflect on the approaches they use in teaching Arabic Literature in English Translation and the objectives associated with these courses. This panel aims to address the following questions:

    • What criteria dictate the selection of the texts in terms of their genres, content, and historical periods?
    • What factors determine the learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessment methods associated with these courses?
    • What strategies instructors use in order to manage mediation and transfer in texts originally written in Arabic?
    • How do instructors address intercultural competence issues?

    We invite presenters interested in presenting on any of these or similar issues relevant to this panel topic to send a 300-word abstract and a short bio by March 22, 2021 to aatapanels@gmail.com. While presentations can be in Arabic or English, we encourage presentations in Arabic. Notification of abstract acceptance will be April 1, 2021.

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  • 12 Jan 2021 10:09 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    The Consortium of Middle East National Resource Centers’ Virtual Language Workshop
    April 8-10, 2021
    Virtual Meeting, University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

    Field(s): Language learning/acquisition, language pedagogy, instructional technology
    Subject Languages: Middle East Languages (Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Hebrew, and other related languages)
    Call Deadline: 29-Jan-2021

    Meeting Description:
    The Center for Middle East Studies (CMES) at the University of Arizona is glad to inform you that the Consortium of Middle East National Resource Centers’ Virtual Language Workshop,will take place online, on April 8-10, 2021. The title of this year’s workshop is Transformative Paradigms in the Middle East Language Classroom: Learning, Pedagogy, and Curriculum Development. The 2016 Western Consortium Middle East Language Workshop saw the importance of preparing language learners to operate in an environment enriched with digital technologies. The 2021 Middle East National Resources Centers Virtual Language Workshop seeks to build on this knowledge and examine the transformative paradigms emerging as we move more and more into the online realm. Transformative pathways in pedagogy go beyond instrumental innovations to address social issues and multilingualism in the classroom. During the first two days, guest speakers and presenters will present research advances and classroom practices in their contexts.

    Proposals are invited for presentations describing research and descriptive reports on the Middle East language learning and pedagogy. We welcome presentations that relate to the following: approaches to curriculum development including genre; heritage-language learners; multi-literacies; language skills and instructional strategies; intercultural communicative competence; teacher education and professional development; and testing and assessment.

    Guest Speakers:

    • Dr. Yass Alizadeh (Lecturer of Persian, New York University)
    • Dr. Emma Trentman (Associate Professor of Arabic, University of New Mexico)

    Submission Guidelines:
    Abstracts should be in English no longer than 300 words and include a 50-word summary. Each paper will be assigned a thirty-minute slot allowing 20 minutes for the presentation plus 10 minutes for questions. No more than a single-authored and a co-authored proposal are allowed per person.

    Deadline and Notification of Acceptance:

    • The deadline for the submission of abstracts is January 29, 2021.
    • Notification of acceptance will be sent out on February 21, 2021

    Submission Link:
    Abstracts can be submitted through this link: ME NRC Lang Workshop Abstract Submission and Registration.

    Contact information:
    If you have any questions or queries, please write tojellison@arizona.edu.


  • 18 Nov 2020 10:24 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    3rd Biennial U-M International Conference on
    Arabic Applied Linguistics

    University of Michigan
    December 5-6, 2020

    Conference Program

    SATURDAY, December 5, 2020

    8:15-8:30
    Welcome--Opening Remarks: Mohammad Alhawary, Conference Organizer

    PANEL 1: L1 SOCIOLINGUISTICS 
    Chair: Brahim Chakrani, Michigan State University

    8:30-9:00
    The Interactive Organization of Stance in Spoken Arabic: Toward an Embodied View of Language
    Dris Soulaimani, San Diego State University

    9:00-9:30
    Anti-language: A Case Study of Jordanian Inmates
    Ahmad Mohammad Ahmad Al-Harahsheh, University of Sharjah, UAE

    9:30-10:00
    Language, Ideology and Power: Insights from the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
    Ahmad Ayyad, Al-Quds University, Palestine
        
    10:00-10:30
    The Future of Languages in the Arab World in the Age of Globalization and Advanced Technology: A Political and Sociolinguistic Approach
    Abdenbi Lachkar, Université Paul Valéry Montpellier3, France
        
    10:30-10:45
    Coffee/Tea Break

    PANEL 2:L1 AND DIGLOSSIA
    Chair: Sami Boudelaa, University of UAE

    10:45-11:15
    The Emergence of Subjects in Lebanese Two-year-olds
    Layal Abboud, University of Tours, France
    Lina Choueiri, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
    Nour Seifeddine, Saint Joseph University, Lebanon
    Laurie Tuller, University of Tours, France

    11:15-11:45
    The Written Language of Deaf and Hard-of-hearing College Students in Saudi Arabia and Pedagogical Implications
    Saeed Ali Al Alaslaa, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
        
    11:45-12:15
    Comparing Arab Children’s Linguistic Abilities in Standard Arabic and Colloquial Arabic Through the Use of Stories
    Abdulkafi Albirini, Utah State University

    12:15-1:30
    Lunch Break

    PANEL 3: L1 & DIGLOSSIA

    Chair: Abdulkafi Albirini, Utah State University  

    1:30-2:00
    Diglossic Code-switching Between Standard Arabic and Najdi Arabic in Religious Discourse
    Majedah Abdullah Alaiyed, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia

    2:00-2:30
    Empirical Investigation into Textual Characteristics of Arabic Passages
    Myoyoung Kim and Salwa Alkass, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

    2:30-3:00
    Variation-Sensitive Familiarity Measures for Words and Texts in Arabic Using Social Media and Web Corpora
    Khaled Elghamry, Ain Shams University, Egypt
    Attia Youseif, Indiana University

    SUNDAY, December 6, 2020

    PANEL 4: L2 PEDAGOGY
    Chair:Mohammad T. Alhawary, University of Michigan

    8:30-9:00
    The Effectiveness of Explicit and Implicit Corrective Feedback in L2 Learning
    Mourad Abdennebi & Abdullah Alelyani, Texas Tech University

    9:00-9:30
    The Impact of Using Task- Based Teaching Approach on Improving Arabic Learners Writing Skills
    Maysoon Al Sayed Ahmad, University of Mary Washington

    9:30-10:00
    Attention to Geminate Verb Forms in L2 Arabic Reading: An Eye Movement Study
    Elizabeth Huntley, Michigan State University
    Lama Nassif, Williams College
    Ayman Mohamed, Michigan State University
        
    10:00-10:30
    Frequent Arabic Grammatical Errors Among Undergraduate Students
    Hezi Brosh, United States Naval Academy
        
    10:30-11:00
    Collaborative Vocabulary Learning in the Arabic Classroom: Between Theory and Pedagogy
    Ayman Mohamed, Michigan State University
    Amr Ahmed, Michigan State University
        
    11:00-11:15
    Coffee/Tea Break

    11:15-12:15
    Keynote
    The Surprising Relevance of the Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) to Current Research on Language Learning
    Daniel Reed, Michigan State University
        
    12:15-1:30
    Lunch Break

    PANEL 5: HERITAGE LEARNERS

    Chair: Saeed Ali Al Alaslaa, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

    1:30-2:00
    Morphological Awareness among Heritage Language Learners of Arabic
    Nour Mohamad Kweider, Carnegie Mellon University
        
    2:00-2:30
    Reanalysis of Nominal and Verbal Morphology in Moroccan Heritage Speakers in France
    Amal El Haimeur, University of Kansas

    2:30-3:00
    The Discursive Construction of Personal Events Among Arabic-English Bilinguals in the US
    Brahim Chakrani, Michigan State University
    Dris Soulaimani, San Diego State University
        
    3:00-3:15
    Coffee/Tea Break

    PANEL6: MOTIVATION, IDENTITY, STUDY ABROAD, & TELECOLLABORATION
    Chair: Dris Soulaimani, San Diego State University

    3:15-3:45
    A Perceptual Perspective of the Impact of Motivation on Learning Arabic as a Second Language in Light of Self-Determination Theory
    Abdelaadim Bidaoui, Ball State University
        
    3:45-4:15
    Language, Culture, and Identity: Perspectives from Non-native Arabic Teachers
    Brahim Oulbeid, University of Massachusetts – Amherst

    4:15-4:45
    Study Abroad, Stress and Hair Cortisol: Highly Individual Variation
    Kirk Belnap, Brigham Young University
        
    4:45-5:15
    Tele-collaboration and Cross-Intercultural Communicative Competence in the AFL Classroom
    Mohamed Hassan, Amherst College
    Ahmed Al Khateeb. King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia


    Registration: Registration is free. https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/arabic-sla-conference/registration

    Conference website: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/arabic-sla-conference/call-for-papers


    Co-Sponsors
    Department of MiddleEast Studies
    Department of Linguistics
    Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science
    The Language Resource Center
    Humanities Institute
    College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
    U-M Office of Research





  • 13 Feb 2020 10:35 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    3rd Biannual University of Michigan International Conference on Arabic Applied Linguistics
    December 5-6, 2020

    FINAL Call for Papers:

    The conference is an open forum for scholars interested in exploring empirically topics and issues in Arabic linguisticsapplied. The topics of the conference cover three main strands:

    I. Topics which deal with Arabic second language acquisition (SLA). Current approaches for investigating the different aspects (phonology, vocabulary, morphology, syntax, morphosyntax, semantics, pragmatics, etc.) of Arabic SLA include but not limited to:

    • Formal (generative, functional, typological)
    • Cognitive (processability, attention, noticing and awareness)
    • Input-based (input processing; input, interaction and output)
    • Frequency and usage-based
    • Corpus-based
    • L1 transfer
    • L2 transfer
    • Sociocultural
    • Sociocognitive
    • Language socialization
    • Neurolinguistic
    • Discourse, Conversation analysis
    • Code-switching
    • Diglossia
    • Ideology
    • Identity
    • Heritage

    II. Topics which deal with the theory and practice of Arabic second/foreign language teaching, second language learning, second language proficiency testing and assessment as well as the interface and connections between them include but not limited to:

    • Application of classroom approaches or specific techniques to develop language skills and components (speaking, listening, reading, writing, culture, vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, accuracy, fluency, etc.)
    • Assessment of individual differences and external variables (aptitude, anxiety, attitude, distance, motivation, learner’s perception, etc.)
    • L2 maintenance and attrition
    • Learning strategies
    • Local versus study-abroad environment
    • Curriculum design and assessment
    • Foreign language learning assessment
    • Proficiency testing (speaking, listening, reading, and writing)
    • Second language acquisition-second language pedagogy interface
    • Second language acquisition-testing interface
    • Teacher cognition
    • Teacher education
    • Technology-mediated learning and teaching

    III. Topics which deal with applied research related to Arabic as an L1, including:

    • Arabic first language acquisition (investigating the different aspects including phonology, morphology, syntax, morphosyntax, semantics, pragmatics, etc.)
    • Arabic L1 Literacy (including child and adult), reading, and writing
    • Analysis of interaction and communication including discourse, conversation, signs, and gestures
    • Bilingualism and multilingualism
    • code-switching
    • Corpus linguistics
    • Forensic linguistics
    • Language and culture, and socialization
    • Language and identity
    • Language and ideology
    • Language and technology
    • Language cognition and processing
    • Language impairment and language pathology
    • Language maintenance and attrition
    • Language policy and language planning
    • Neurolinguistic research

    Location:
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (To be held Virtually)

    Languages of the conference:
    English and Arabic

    Abstract submission:
    To present a paper, an abstract is required: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/arabic-sla-conference/submissions

    Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts:
    March 1, 2020

    Notification of abstract acceptance:
    March 25, 2020

    Publication:
    Following the conference, papers which are recommended by external peer reviewers will be published inAl-‘Arabiyya journal (indexed bymany international groups, including Clarivate Analytics and SCOPUS): http://www.aataweb.org/alarabiyya

    Confirmed Speakers:

    • Karin Ryding
    • Daniel Reed
    • Sami Boudelaa

    Conference Advisory Committee:

    • AbdulkafiAlbirini
    • Sami Boudelaa
    • Brahim Chakrani
    • Dris Soulaimani
    • Mohammad Alhawary

    Cosponsors:

    • Department of Middle East Studies, U-M
    • Department of Linguistics, U-M
    • The Language Resource Center, U-M
    • Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science, U-M

    Registration: Registration is free. https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/arabic-sla-conference/registration

    Conference website: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/arabic-sla-conference/call-for-papers

    Inquiries: Contact the conference organizer, Prof. Mohammad Alhawary: abuamr@umich.edu

     

     

  • 10 Jan 2020 12:10 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Call for Submissions, Global Business Languages

    The newly relaunched Global Business Languages, https://go.gwu.edu/gbl, journal is currently accepting manuscripts for the 2021 issue. We encourage submissions of manuscripts that integrate theory and practice in the realm of teaching and learning Languages for Specific Purposes, including business, but also the arts, engineering, healthcare, translation, etc.. Articles may pertain to any language, including English for non-natives. State-of-the-art reviews on relevant technological tools, (text)books, websites, are also welcomed.  Deadline for submission: July 15, 2020. For more information on submission guidelines, review process and publication timeline, visit the GBL website, https://gbl.digital.library.gwu.edu/submissions.html.  If you have any questions, contact the editors at GBL@gwu.edu.

    Margaret Gonglewski and Mohssen Esseesy, Co-Editors

    Global Business Languages, https://go.gwu.edu/gbl.

  • 21 Oct 2019 11:33 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Title: 34th Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics
    Date: 28-Feb-2020 - 01-Mar-2020
    Location: Tucson, Arizona, USA
    Contact Person: Mahmoud Azaz
    Meeting Email: asal34arizona@gmail.com 

    Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics; Discourse Analysis, Language Acquisition; Computational Linguistics; Corpus Linguistics

    Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard

    Call Deadline: 10-Nov-2019

    Event’s website: https://arabiclinguistics.sbs.arizona.edu

    Meeting Description:
    The Arabic Linguistics Society together with the University of Arizona’s School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies are pleased to announce the 34th Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics to be held at the University of Arizona in Tucson, on February 28-March 1, 2020.

    Call for Papers:
    Papers are invited on topics that deal with theoretical and experimental issues in Arabic Linguistics. Research in the following areas of Arabic linguistics is encouraged: linguistic analysis (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics), sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, discourse analysis, historical linguistics, corpus linguistics, language acquisition, and computational linguistics.

    Keynote Speakers:

    • Mohamed Embarki, the University of Franche-Comté (France)
    • Rania Habib, Syracuse University (USA)
    • Ahmad Alqassas, Georgetown University (USA)
    • Samira Farwaneh, University of Arizona (USA)

    Abstract Preparation Guidelines:

    Abstract Submission Link:

    • To submit to your abstract, please use thisEasyAbstract link: http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/asal34arizona
    • Please fill in all the relevant fields on the submission page and upload apdf file of your abstract. You will receive an e-mail afterwards indicating that your abstract has been successfully submitted.
    • Should you face any problem submitting your abstract via the above link, please contact the conference organizers at asal34arizona@gmail.com.

    Student Awards:
    There will be at least three best student abstract awards; $300 each.


  • 10 Oct 2019 7:26 AM | AATA Admin (Administrator)

    The Third Biannual U-M International Conference on Arabic Applied Linguistics

    September 5-6, 2020 

    The conference is an open forum for scholars interested in exploring empirically topics and issues in Arabic applied linguistics. The topics of the conference cover three mains strands:

    I. Topics which deal with Arabic second language acquisition (SLA). Current approaches for investigating the different aspects (phonology, vocabulary, morphology, syntax, morphosyntax, semantics, pragmatics, etc.) of Arabic SLA include but not limited to:

    • Formal (generative, functional, typological)
    • Cognitive (processability, attention, noticing and awareness)
    • Input-based (input processing; input, interaction and output)
    • Frequency and usage-based
    • Corpus-based
    • L1 transfer
    • L2 transfer
    • Sociocultural
    • Sociocognitive
    • Language socialization
    • Neurolinguistic
    • Discourse, Conversation analysis
    • Code-switching
    • Diglossia
    • Ideology
    • Identity
    • Heritage

    II. Topics which deal with the theory and practice of Arabic second/foreign language teaching, second language learning, second language proficiency testing and assessment as well as the interface and connections between them include but not limited to:

    • Application of classroom approaches or specific techniques to develop language skills and components (speaking, listening, reading, writing, culture, vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, accuracy, fluency, etc.)
    • Assessment of individual differences and external variables (aptitude, anxiety, attitude, distance, motivation, learner’s perception, etc.)
    • L2 maintenance and attrition
    • Learning strategies
    • Local versus study-abroad environment
    • Curriculum design and assessment
    • Foreign language learning assessment
    • Proficiency testing (speaking, listening, reading, and writing)
    • Second language acquisition-second language pedagogy interface
    • Second language acquisition-testing interface
    • Teacher cognition
    • Teacher education
    • Technology-mediated learning and teaching

    III. Topics which deal with applied research related to Arabic as an L1, including:

    • Arabic first language acquisition (investigating the different aspects including phonology, morphology, syntax, morphosyntax, semantics, pragmatics, etc.)
    • Arabic L1 Literacy (including child and adult), reading, and writing
    • Analysis of interaction and communication including discourse, conversation, signs, and gestures
    • Bilingualism and multilingualism
    • code-switching
    • Corpus linguistics
    • Forensic linguistics
    • Language and culture, and socialization
    • Language and identity
    • Language and ideology
    • Language and technology
    • Language cognition and processing
    • Language impairment and language pathology
    • Language maintenance and attrition
    • Language policy and language planning
    • Neurolinguistic research

    Location
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Languages of the conference
    English and Arabic

    Abstract submission
    To present a paper, an abstract is required: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/arabic-sla-conference/submissions

    Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts
    March 1, 2020

    Notification of abstract acceptance
    March 25, 2020

    Publication
    Following the conference, papers which are recommended by external peer reviewers will be published in Al-‘Arabiyya: http://www.aataweb.org/alarabiyya

    Confirmed Speakers

    • Karin Ryding
    • Daniel Reed
    • Sami Boudelaa

    Conference Advisory Committee

    • AbdulkafiAlbirini
    • Sami Boudelaa
    • BrahimChakrani
    • DrisSoulaimani
    • Mohammad Alhawary

    Registration: Registration is free. https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/arabic-sla-conference/registration

    Conference website: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/arabic-sla-conference/call-for-papers


  • 06 Aug 2018 1:55 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    The Second Biannual Conference on
    Arabic Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition
    University of Michigan
    September 1-2, 2018
    For full schedule and registration information:  
    https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/arabic-sla-conference/program-schedule/

    Saturday, September 1, 2018

    7:45-8:15  Registration (Michigan League, 2nd Floor)
    8:15-8:30   Welcome--Opening Remarks (Vandenberg Room-Michigan League, 2ndFloor) 

    PANEL: LANGUAGE LEARNING STRATEGIES, ATTITUDES, AND MOTIVATION 
    Location: Vandenberg Room (Michigan League, 2ndFloor)
    Chair:  Brahim Chakrani, Michigan State University

    8:30-9:00  Arabic Language-Learning Strategy Preferences among College-Level Students
    Hezi Brosh, United States Naval Academy

    9:00-9:30 Learners’ and Teachers’ Attitudes to Using L1 in EFL and AFL classrooms
    El-Hussein A. Y. Aly, Helwan University, Egypt

    9:30-10:00 Language Attitude Perspectives on Arabic as a Second Language Learning and Teaching
    Mohamed ElSawi Hassan, Amherst College

    10:00-10:30 The Effect of Innate Psychological Needs on Learning Arabic as a Second Language in Light of Self-determination Theory
    Abdelaadim Bidaoui, Ball State University

    10:30-10:45 Coffee/Tea Break

    10:45-12:00 Keynote Vandenberg Room (Michigan League, 2ndFloor)
    On Polyglots and Multilingualism
    Stephen Krashen  

    12:00-1:30 Lunch Break

    PANEL: CODESWITCHING, NAMING, AND DISCOURSE ANALYSIS
    Location:Vandenberg Room (Michigan League, 2ndFloor)
    Chair: Abdulkafi Albirini, Utah State University

    1:30-2:00 Codeswitching Use on Twitter and Implications for Arabic L2 Pedagogy Saeed Ali Al Alaslaa, King Abdulaziz University

    2:00-2:30  What is in a Name? The Case of Arabic Names
    Ahmed Ferhadi, New York University

    2:30-3:00 A Window on Islamic Cultural Discourse Strategies in Textbooks of Arabic as a ForeignLanguage: A Descriptive Study
    Halimeh Ahmad Mohammad Amayreh, Al- Balqa' Applied University; andMokhemer Saleh Mosa Yehya, Yarmouk University

    PANEL: ARABIC HERITAGE LEARNERS AND L1/L2 ACQUISITION
    Location: Vandenberg Room (Michigan League, 2ndFloor)
    Chair: Mohammad T. Alhawary, University of Michigan

    3:00-3:30 Heritage and L2 Learners’ Acquisition of Arabic Emphatics and Gutturals: An Ultrasound Study
    Amanda Eads, Jodi Khater, and Jeff Mielke, North Carolina State University

    3:30-4:00 L1 and L2 Transfer in Heritage Speakers and L2 Learners of Standard Arabic
    Abdulkafi Albirini, Utah State University; Eman Saadah, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Mohammad T. Alhawary, University of Michigan

    4:00-4:30 Sentential Negation in Southern Levantine Heritage Arabic
    Ahmad Alqassas, Georgetown University

    4:30-5:00 Why Standard Arabic is not a “Second Language” for Native Speakers of Arabic
    Abdulkafi Albirini, Utah State University

    6:00-10:00 Reception/Dinner - Koessler Room (Michigan League, 3rd Floor)

    Sunday, September 2, 2018

    PANEL: TECHNOLOGY-MEDIATED LEARNING AND TEACHING
    Location: Hussey Room (Michigan League, 2ndFloor)
    Chair: Sameh Abdelrehim Alansary, University of Alexandria

    8:00-8:30 Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language Using Blended E-learning and its Effectiveness on Achievement and Attitude towards Self-learning
    Hanan Hamdi Elsalamouny and Walid Mohamed Ghabbour, Shaqra University, Saudi Arabia

    8:30-9:00 Influence of Technology on the Acquisition of Incidental Vocabulary
    Juman Al Bukhari and John Dewey, University of North Georgia

    9:00-9:30 It is Fun to Make Comics! Integrating Digital Comics Creation Tasks in the Online AFL Classroom
    Mona Maged Hassan Abdou Azam, The American University in Cairo

    9:30-10:00 A Corpus Study of Length and Pronominality Effect on L2 Arabic Ditransitive Construction
    Cheng-Wei Lin, University of Texas, Austin

    10:00-10:15 Coffee/Tea Break

    PANEL: CLASSROOM INTERACTION AND TASKS
    Location:Hussey Room (Michigan League, 2ndFloor)
    Chair: Eman Saadah, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    10:15-10:45 Forward and Backward Repair in L2 Arabic Classroom and Dyadic Interactions
    Khaled Al Masaeed, Carnegie Mellon University

    10:45-11:15 The Role of Tasks and Activities in the Development of Language Competence by Learners of Arabic as a Second Language Fouad Amraoui, Mohammed V University& Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic Studies

    11:15-12:15 Keynote Hussey Room (Michigan League, 2ndFloor)
    Automatic Arabic Text Diacritization for Teaching/Learning Arabic as a Foreign Language
    Sameh Abdelrehim Alansary, University of Alexandria

    12:15-2:00 Lunch Break

    PANEL: LANGUAGE LEARNING AND IDEOLOGY
    Location: Hussey Room (Michigan League, 2ndFloor)
    Chair:
    Wijdan Alsayegh, University of Michigan

    2:00-2:30 Examining the Role of Ideology in Intergenerational Language Attitudes amongst Arab Americans
    Brahim Chakrani, Michigan State University

    2:30-3:00 Language Ideologies in Arabic Classrooms: A Reflection from a Study Abroad Experience
    Dris Soulaimani, San Diego State University

    3:00-3:30 Moving from Monolingual to Multilingual Ideologies of Arabic Language Learning
    Emma Trentman, University of New Mexico

    PANEL: WORD RECOGNITION AND READING & PROFICIENCY ASSESSMENT  
    Location: Hussey Room (Michigan League, 2ndFloor)
    Chair: Mohammad T. Alhawary, University of Michigan

    3:30-4:00 The Role of Diacritics in Word Recognition and their Impact on Arabic L2 Learners’ Reading Speed, Accuracy, and Comprehension at Different Stages of Arabic L2 Acquisition
    Ali Ahmed Al Midhwah, King Saud University

    4:00-4:30 Investigating the Influences of Long-Term, as Compared to Short-Term, Phonological Memory on the Word Recall Abilities of Arabic Readers versus Arabic Native Speakers: A Word-Recall Study Insiya Bhalloo, University of Toronto

    4:30-5:00  Native Arabic Speakers as Key Informants in Assessing Oral Proficiency of Nonnatives
    Wessam Abdelaziz, Western Michigan University

    Co-Sponsors

    Department of MiddleEast Studies

    Department of Linguistics

    Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science

    The Language Resource Center

    Humanities Institute


  • 14 Sep 2017 9:25 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    First Call for Papers:

    You are invited to submit proposals for presentation at the University of Michigan International Conference on Arabic Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition:

    “Arabic Second Language Learning, Teaching, and Testing"

    to be held at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, September 1-2, 2018.

    The conference is an open forum for scholars interested in exploring empirically topics and issues in Arabic applied linguistics and second language acquisition. The conference themes are Arabic second/foreign language learning, teaching, and testing as well as the interface and connections between them.

    Current approaches for investigating the different aspects (phonology, vocabulary, morphology, syntax, morphosyntax, semantics, pragmatics, etc.) of Arabic second/foreign language learning include but not limited to:

    • Formal (generative, functional, typological)
    • Cognitive (processability, attention, noticing and awareness)
    • Input-based (input processing; input, interaction and output)
    • Frequency and usage-based
    • Corpus-based
    • L1 transfer
    • L2 transfer
    • Sociocultural
    • Sociocognitive
    • Language socialization
    • Neurobiological
    • Discourse, Conversation Analysis
    • Code switching
    • Diglossia
    • Ideology
    • Identity
    • Heritage

    Topics which deal with the theory and practice of Arabic second/foreign language teaching and second language proficiency testing and assessment 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
    • Second language acquisition-second language pedagogy interface
    • L2 maintenance and attrition
    • Learning strategies
    • Individual differences and external variables (aptitude, anxiety, attitude, distance, motivation, learner’s perception, etc.)
    • Accuracy
    • Fluency
    • Curriculum design and assessment
    • Foreign language learning assessment
    • Proficiency testing (speaking, listening, reading, and writing)
    • Second language acquisition-testing interface
    • Teacher cognition
    • Teacher education


    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:

    https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/arabic-sla-conference/submissions/

    Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts:
    March 1, 2018


    Notification of abstract acceptance:
    March 25, 2018


    Publication:
    Following the conference, papers which are recommended by external peer reviewers will be published in Al-‘Arabiyya (The Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic).

    Keynote Speakers:
    To be announced

    Co-Sponsors at U-M:
    Department of Near Eastern Studies
    Department of Linguistics
    The Language Resource Center

     

    Conference Advisory Committee:

    Professor Mohammad Alhawary
    Professor Brahim Chakrani
    Professor Sami Boudelaa

    Registration:
    Registration is free. Please register online by using the following link: 

    https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/arabic-sla-conference/registration/

     

    Inquiries:
    Please contact the conference organizer, Prof. Mohammad Alhawary: 
    abuamr@umich.edu

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