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  • 06 Feb 2017 2:24 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    The American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA) invites members and other professionals in the field of Arabic teaching to submit proposals to participate in a panel on “Challenges and prospects for teaching Arabic as a second language”


    The panel will take place on Friday November 17, 2:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) November 18-21, 2017 in Washington, DC 2017 at the Marriot  Wardman Park Hotel.

    Presentations will focus on current and innovative techniques to address the challenges of teaching Arabic as a second language, including Arabic as a heritage language. Your proposal should be 250 to 300 words (excluding bibliography).

    The abstract should have a clear description of the issue /s or research questions, methods and /or applications and a brief description of the study results, if applicable. The panel will focus on the theoretical and applied aspects of this theme and can include, but is not limited to, scholarly work from the following areas:

    Applied Linguistics

    Corpus Linguistics

    Language Assessment

    Material Development

    Second Language Acquisition and Teaching


    While either English or Arabic can be used, panelists are strongly encouraged to deliver their presentation in Arabic.  Abstracts can be in either Arabic or English. Please send your proposal to Brahim Chakrani (chakrani@ msu.edu) by April 20, 2017. You must have “AATA panel” in your email subject. Late submissions and abstracts exceeding the word limit will not be accepted.  Notification of acceptance will be sent by April 27.

    Note: the panel's room number will be posted at a later date, and after your proposal is accepted, inform Brahim Chakrani of the technology that you may need for your presentation. 

  • 05 Oct 2016 1:44 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Qatar Foundation International

    Arabic K-16 Forum

    Click to register

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

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016
    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

    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

    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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    Conference registration is free. To attend, please register, using the following link:

  • 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 aata-panel@outlook.com 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 <https://sites.google.com/site/bvpsla/

    Prof. Sami Boudelaa, University of UAE & Cambridge University <http://www.chss.uaeu.ac.ae/en/profile/profile.shtml?email=s.boudelaa

    Prof. Lotfi Sayahi, University at Albany – SUNY <http://www.albany.edu/llc/faculty_lsayahi.shtml

    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 <https://www.lsa.umich.edu/neareast

    Department of Linguistics <http://www.lsa.umich.edu/linguistics/

    CMENAS <http://www.ii.umich.edu/cmenas/

    Institute for the Humanities <https://www.lsa.umich.edu/humanities

    Please contact the conference organizer, Prof. Mohammad Alhawary:

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