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University of Michigan; International Arabic Second Language Acquisition Conference: September 23-25, 2016

09 Aug 2016 11:20 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

8:00 - 8:20 Registration

8:20 - 8:30 Welcome - Opening Remark

8:30 - 9:00 The L2 Acquisition of Arabic Final Consonant Clusters by L1 Chinese Speakers
Mona Mohamed El Moataz, Alexandria University

9:00 - 9:30 The Perception and Production of Arabic Lexical Stress by Learners of Arabic: A Usage-Based Account
Cheng-Wei Lin, University of Michigan

9:30 - 10:00 The Contribution of Phonetics in Learning Arabic as a Second Language through Reading: The Case of Some Arabic Emphatic Consonants
Bouguerra Cheddad and Nacereddine Benabdallah, Mohamed Chérif Messaadia University

10:00 - 10:30 Vocalization impact on the reading skills for beginner learners of Arabic
Maysoon Al Sayed Ahmad, University of Mary Washington

10:15 - 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:45 Keynote Address: Fitting Arabic and English into one Brain: Insights from Gating and Semantic Priming
Sami Boudelaa, University of UAE & Cambridge University

11:45 - 12:15 Effectiveness of Metacognitive Debugging Skills Training in Reducing Reading Deficiency among Non-Arabic Speaker Students Regarding Levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
Waleed Radwan, Buraydah Colleges, and Hamdy Elfaramawy, Minoufyia University

12:15 - 12:45 Gallery Walk: An Alternative Learning Strategy in Increasing Students’ Active Learning
Muhammad Ridwan, Hasanuddin University

12:45 - 1:15 The Effectiveness of Strategic Teaching in Reducing Meta-Reading Deficit among EFL and Arabic as a Second Language Learners with Reading Difficulties
Waleed Radwan, Buraydah Colleges, and Hala Bakry, Minoufyia University

1:15 - 3:00 Lunch Break

3:00 - 3:30 L2 Writing in Arabic: Discourse Analysis and Pedagogical Reflections
Dris Soulaimani, New York University Abu Dhabi

3:30 - 4:00 Second Language Learning in Arabic by Using Corpus Analysis Tools on Media Texts about Arab Uprisings: An empirical Study of Writing and Reading Processes
Nadia Makouar, INALCO, Paris

4:00 - 4:30 Importance of Pragmatic Competence in Teaching Arabic as A Foreign Language
Hafid Ismaili Alaoui, Qatar University

4:30 - 5:05 Discourse Errors: An analysis of Written Discourse Errors
Waleed Anati, Qatar University

5:00 - 5:30 The Affective Dimension of Language Use in Arabic Textbooks
Abdulkareem Said Ramadan, Gettysburg College


8:00 - 8:30 Arabic L2 Acquisition: An Ultrasound Study of Emphatics and Gutturals
Amanda Eads and Jodi Khater, North Carolina State University

8:30 - 9:00 Effects of L1-English Vowel System Transfer on L2-Arabic Production and Perception of Short and Long Vowels: Findings and Applications
Zafer Lababidi, Florida State University

9:00 - 9:30 Investigating the Perception and Production of Arabic Pharyngealized Sounds amongst L2 learners of Arabic
Hajar Binasfour, University of Reading

9:30 - 10:00 Production of Modern Standard Arabic Lexical Stress Cues by Native Speakers of American English
Mashael Al-Aloula, George Mason University

10:00 - 10:15 Coffee Break

10:15 - 10:45 Feedback Patterns and Awareness of Feedback in the Arabic Foreign Language Classroom
Gergana Atanassova, The Ohio State University

10:45 - 11:15 Learner Perceptions about Arabic Language Learning in the US
Maimoonah K. Al Khalil, King Saud University

11:15 - 11:45 Learners’ and Instructors’ Preferences for Integrated and Isolated Form-Focused Instruction: The Case of Arabic
Hussein M. Elkhafaifi, University of Washington

11:45 - 12:15 Spelling Errors Among College-level Students Learning Arabic
Hezi Brosh, United States Naval Academy

12:15 - 1:15 Lunch Break

1:15 - 1:45 Spoken Arabic and Short-Term Study Abroad: Impact of Social Interaction on the Acquisition of Spoken Arabic
Asma Ben Romdhane, The University of Iowa

1:45 - 2:15 Research-Based Interventions for Language and Intercultural Learning during Study Abroad
Emma Trentman, University of New Mexico

2:15 - 2:45 Spoken and Semantic Fluency of Arabic Second-language Learners during Study Abroad
Alia Lancaster, Medha Tare, Carrie Bonilla, Ewa Golonka, Matt Mermel, and Scott Jackson, University of Maryland

2:45 - 3:15 The Impact of Context and Affective Variables on Learners’ Gains in the Comprehension and Production of Arabic as L2
Meriem Sahli, Al Akhawayn University

3:15 - 3:30 Coffee Break

3:30 - 4:00 Looking at Words: An Eye-tracking Investigation of Incidental Vocabulary Learning from L2 Arabic Reading
Ayman A Mohamed, Michigan State University

4:00 - 4:30 Context vs Keyword Methods in Learning Arabic Vocabulary
Olla Najah Al-Shalchi, The University of Texas at Austin

4:30 - 5:00 Measuring L2 Arabic Vocabulary Acquisition with Frequency-based Assessments
Robert Ricks, Georgetown University

5:00 - 5:30 First-year Students’ Experiences of Arabic Language and Cultures: When Learners’ Expectations Meet College Classroom Reality
Brahim Oulbeid, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

6:00 - 9:00 Reception/Dinner


8:00 - 8:30 The Effects of Processing Instruction on the Acquisition of Arabic Tense and OVS Sentences
Adam Ziad, Florida Atlantic University

8:30 - 9:00 The role of Perceptual Salience in the L2 Acquisition Sequence of the Arabic Construct State
Mahmoud Azaz, University of Arizona, and Joshua Frank, The University of Texas at Austin

9:00 - 9:30 Measuring the Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency of Written Production in Arabic
Michael Raish, Georgetown University

9:30 - 10:00 Using a Social Technology Tool to Enhance Collaborative Self-reflection among AFL Student-teachers
Raghda El Essawi, American University in Cairo

10:00 - 10:15 Coffee Break

10:15 - 10:45 The processing of Agreement Morphology in Native, Heritage, and L2 Arabic
Rebecca Foote and Eman Saadah, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

10:45 - 11:15 Arabic L2 Learners’ Use of Word Order and Subject-Verb Agreement for Actor Role Assignment
Jamil Al-Thawahrih, University of Utah

11:15 - 11:45 Relative Clause Attachment in Native and L2 Arabic
Abdelaadim Bidaoui, Ball state University

11:45 - 12:15 How Do Communication Problems Direct American learners of Arabic to Notice Syntax and Morphology?
Ahmed A. Alsaghiar, Kent State University

12:15 - 2:15 Lunch Break

2:15 - 2:45 Assessing and Predicting Heritage Arabic Speakers’ Proficiencies in Standard Arabic
Abdulkafi Albirini, Utah State University

2:45 - 3:15 Linguistic Landscape in Dearborn, Michigan: Ethical Concerns
Camelia Suleiman, Michigan State University

3:15 - 3:45 Maintaining Heritage Arabic: The Effect of Age of Acquisition on Concept Mediation in Heritage Bilinguals
Iyad Ghanim, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

3:45 - 4:15 Performing Lived Experiences: An Analysis of Arabic Heritage Speakers’ Narratives in Two Languages
Brahim Chakrani, Michigan State University

4:15 - 4:45 One Size Fits All? Exploring Heritage and Non-heritage Language Learner Performance in UK GCSE Arabic Exams
Anna-Maria Ramezanzadeh, University of Oxford

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