The Department of Applied Linguistics at the American University in Cairo and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland are pleased to announce the holding of the second conference on Arabic language and linguistics at the American University in Cairo on December 15-17, 2017.  The conference is entitled “Approaches and Challenges in Arabic Language Pedagogy”. Keynote addresses and conference presentations will be from December 15 to 17, 2017. A one-day workshop covering two different topics will take place one day prior to the conference, on December 14th, 2017.

The conference aims at offering a venue for presenting and discussing original research on topics pertaining to theory and practice of Arabic as a foreign language (AFL) teaching, as well as challenges facing AFL teachers, learners and program administrators.

Contributions are welcome in (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • New approaches or techniques to teaching language skills and sub-skills.
  • Technology-mediated learning and teaching in AFL classes.
  • Effect of individual variables on AFL learning (aptitude, anxiety, attitude, motivation, etc…)
  •  Assessment in AFL classes (challenges and means of addressing them).
  • On-line teaching and learning of Arabic as a foreign language.
  • Heritage learners in AFL classes (needs, curricula, challenges and means of addressing them).
  • Teacher education.
  • Effect of sociolinguistic factors on language learning and teaching.
  • Applications of second language acquisition research in AFL classrooms.
  • Integrating culture and cultural competence in AFL classes.


Keynote speakers:
Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal, Professor of Arabic, The American University of Beirut
Dr. Pawel Siwiec, Professor of Arabic,  Jagiellonian University

Session one: Integrating language skills by Raghda El-Essawi
Session two: Content Based Instruction by Mahmoud Al-Batal

Registration for workshops is closed

Important Note: Language used for delivering pre-conference workshops is Arabic. However English will also be used whenever deemed necessary


All abstracts should be submitted in English with glosses or translations for words or examples in any other language. Each abstract, including the title and any data in figures or tables, must not exceed 400 words. Do not include your name on the abstract. Abstracts should be submitted on the abstract submission page.

For registration, go to the Registration page

Call for papers opens: April 15th, 2017.

Deadline for submission: July 30th, 2017.

Notification of acceptance: August 30th, 2017.

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