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American Association of Teachers of Arabic

Call for Papers

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:


Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts:
March 1, 2018

Notification of abstract acceptance:
March 25, 2018

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



Please contact the conference organizer, Prof. Mohammad Alhawary: 


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