The Department of Applied Linguistics

Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL)


The Department of Arabic Language Instruction (ALI)




December 15th-17th, 2019.

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.

Our Keynote Speakers are:

Kees Versteegh, Professor of Arabic, Nimegen University, Holland.

‘Fantastic Languages and How to Learn them’

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Munther Younes Professor of Arabic, Cornell University, USA.

‘The Arabic Problem: Why I’rrab is a Mess and Why a Real Language Reform Remains a Distant Dream’

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Ghazi Abuhakema,  ACTFL Trainer, USA. 

‘Standardize Assessment of Arabic Language Proficiency and its Impact on Circular Development’

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The conference also includes the following events:

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.

Participants in the workshops must be registered in the conference.

Registration in OPI workshops is currently closed

Two Hands-on Sessions

The sessions aim at involving AFL teachers in active discussions about real learning problems and how to address them. Participants in sessions will carry out activities that will encourage them to react, interact, and reenact such problems and then work on solutions (for more information).

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