In celebration of the World Arabic Language Day  

The Department of Arabic Language Instruction (ALI) and The Department of Applied Linguistics Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL)

 In Collaboration with

Language Learning Resource Centre (LLRC), Leiden University


The Fourth Biennial  International Conference 

 Digital Transformation of Arabic Language Learning and Teaching: Post Pandemic Implications” 

December 18th-19th, 2021


Call for Papers

Digital Transformation of Arabic Language Learning and Teaching: Post Pandemic Implications, 18 -19 December 2021, addresses all important issues pertaining to the digital transformation of Arabic language teaching and learning to non-native speakers at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, it examines its impact on AFL teaching and Arabic language teacher professional development during and post COVID-19. It aims to bring together academics, researchers and language instructors worldwide to share their views, empirical work and discuss the digital transformation gains and challenges at the levels of AFL pedagogy, assessment, linguistics of the Arabic language, language acquisition and teacher training as they shed light on future possibilities and needs.


Conference themes 

Conference encourages research on “digital transformation” in relation to the following topics:

  • Language use and communication
  • Teacher education and training
  • First and second language acquisition
  • Pedagogy for native and non-native speakers
  • Online curriculum and syllabus design
  • Digital resources for Arabic language teachers and learners
  • Social cohesion/community building in AFL virtual classrooms
  • Online Language and culture teaching
  • ​Arabic linguistics and technology​
  • Assessment of online AFL learning and teaching
  • Best practices in online AFL teaching


Who should apply/ attend?

Theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, Arabic language specialists and  language educators are all welcome to participate.

Click here for more info about abstract submission


Key Dates

Important Dates for Presenters: 

  • Submission Start Date: May 15 , 2021
  • Submission Deadline: June 30, 2021     July 20, 2021
  • Notification of Acceptance: August 30, 2021   September 15, 2021
  • Deadline for receiving conference presentations: December 1, 2021    December 10, 2021


  • Important Dates for Conference Attendees: 
  • Registration for attendees: May 15 , 2021 – December 16, 2021


Language of the Conference

The Conference accepts abstracts and presentations in Arabic and English.

 Keynote Speakers 

Brian Raison, Associate Professor & Leadership Specialist,

Ohio State University  For More Information

Title: Inclusive Engagement in a Post-Pandemic World   (Click here for abstract)


Emma Trentman, Associate Professor of Arabic,

University of New Mexico  For More Information

Title: Reimagining Study Abroad in a Post Pandemic World    (Click here for abstract)


Conference Events 

Post-Conference Events:

December 20, 2021

Dr. Hossam Ahmed   (3 pm – 6 pm) (GMT+2)

“Integrating Heritage Learners in the AFL Classroom”


December 21, 2021

Dr. Raghda El Essawi   (3 pm – 6 pm) (GMT+2)

“Intercultural Communicative Competence: Going beyond communicative competence”


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