The Department of Applied Linguistics

Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL)


The Department of Arabic Language instructions (ALI)




Call for Abstracts

In celebration of The American University in Cairo’s Centennial, the TAFL program at the Department of Applied Linguistics and the Department of Arabic Language Instruction (ALI) announce the holding of the third international conference on Arabic language and linguistics.

The conference aims to offer a venue for presenting and discussing original research on topics pertaining to Arabic language and linguistics; in addition to teaching Arabic to native and non-native speakers at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The conference also aims to tackle areas of pedagogy, assessment, sociolinguistics, and the structure of the Arabic language.

Theoretical, applied linguists and language educators are welcomed to participate.

The conference will take place on December 15th-17th, 2019.

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

  • Arabic phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics and lexicography.
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Variation
  • Language and communication
  • Language and culture
  • Pedagogy for native and non-native speakers
  • First and second language acquisition
  • Arabic Language and technology
  • Assessment
  • Teacher education and training
                                             Abstract Submissions

Abstract submission requirements:

  •  Abstracts may be submitted in English or Arabic.
  • Each abstract, including the title and any data in figures or tables, must not exceed 400 words.
  • Abstracts should not show the name or affiliation of the contributors.
  • Abstracts should be submitted on the abstract submission page. 
  • Submission dates: January 15th-April 15th, 2019. 
Pre-Conference Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPI) Workshops

In line with AUC’s pioneering role in the field of teaching Arabic to speakers of other languages and in celebration of the Arabic Language World Day, two concurrent four-day-OPI workshops will precede the conference (December 11th-December 14th, 2019). These workshops are to provide the opportunity to a limited number of participants (ten in each) to take part in this event. The workshops will provide training on the use of oral proficiency assessment guidelines for evaluation of students’ speaking skills as part of phase one of the process of becoming certified testers.  In addition, they will be offered by the internationally acclaimed American Council for Foreign Language Teaching (ACTFL). This will be one of the rare opportunities where such training is made available to participants in the Middle East.

We are happy to announce that on the occasion of AUC’s centennial, AUC will be covering 50% of participants’ fees in the workshops. Thus, the final workshop fee is $350.

For more details about application, please visit the workshops page.

Participants in the workshops must be registered in the conference.

                                                 Important Dates

Please visit the dates and fees page.