Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPI)

Rarely offered in the Middle East, this event is expected to attract teachers of Arabic from all of Egypt and the Arab world. Workshops will be held on two concurrent four-day rounds prior to the conference; namely, December 11th-14th. These are full-day events.

The workshops will be administered at AUC by The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). ACTFL is one of the most well-established, expert-led professional institutions in the field of foreign language teaching and testing. The two four-day workshops hosted by AUC aim to offer teachers an opportunity for professional learning and certification on the issue of assessment, in general, and assessment of oral language proficiency, in specific. In addition to providing the rare opportunity of applying language assessment principles under experts’ supervision, they will also help participants fulfill the following:

  • Enrich their students’ classroom experience; thus, help them enhance their language proficiency, specifically their oral proficiency.
  • Create more opportunities for meaningful, communicative interaction in class that results in measurable improvements in students’ language performance.
  • Apply key proficiency oriented teaching and testing principles to curriculum, instruction and assessment.
  • Set program goals that are in line with performance outcomes.
  • Determine more accurately levels of student performance; this will help teachers/programs deal more successfully with placement issues as well as follow more diligently students’ progress.
  • Prepare to become certified testers.

In celebration of its centennial,  AUC will be covering 50% of participants’ fees in the workshops. Thus, the workshop participation fee is $350.

For more information, please visit the dates and fees page. 



Dr. Amani Attia

 Content Course in a Language Program

Dr. Azziz Akhmim

‘تقنيات واستراتيجيات تدريس مهارة القراءة لغير الناطقين باللغة العربية’

Dr. Hasnaa Essam Farag

‘Howwa wheyya: Performance and gendered style in the Egyptian caricature “The Piece of Paper”‘

Dr. Layal Merhy

الازدواجية والتكامل في إطار تسييق تعلّم اللغة العربيّة، لغة أجنبية

Dr. Letizia Lombezzi

‘The importance of planning: pre-service skill and on-duty requirement’

Dr. Lovisa Berg

‘تدريس اللغة العربية كلغة أم في السويد’

Dr. Mohamed Fathy

‘Challenges in Teaching Speaking Skills to Japanese Learners’

Dr. Mona Kamel Hassan

‘Integrating Technology in AFL Classrooms using the Activity Theory’

Dr. Myriam Abdel-Malek

‘Writing Recounts of Habitual Events: Investigating a Genre-Based Approach’

Dr. Rania Mohamed Ghayath 

‘التداولية بين الخطاب المعرفي والخطاب الأدبي’

Dr. Sayed Ismail Difallah

‘How minorities represent Arabic in the modern Arabic literature?’

 Ms. Barbara Bakker

‘Learning and Teaching Arabic Vocabulary’

Ms. Gihan Hamdi Hussein

‘Code-switching between Egyptian mothers and their children: why Egyptian mothers are not using Arabic to talk to their children?’

Ms. Mona Maged Azam

“Functions and Collocations of ʔeeh in Egyptian TV Drama: A Corpus-based Study”

Prof. Andrea Facchin

“The Whole-Part-Whole Method in the Teaching and Learning of Arabic as a Foreign Language at Beginners’ Levels”

Prof. Fouad Amraoui
دور البنية الاجتماعية والثقافية لبيئة التعلم في إعداد المواد والمواقف التدريسية لمتعلمي اللغة العربية الناطقين بغيرها

Amany Elsaeid

“The Use of Caricature in Teaching Egyptian Culture and Identity”

Dr. Hanadi Dayyeh

“The Act of Correcting the Form to Convey the Meaning between the Speaker and the Listener in Sībwayhi’s Kitāb”

Dr. Jamal Ali

Al-Khafīf wa-al-Thaqīl: Towards a unified theory of the “heavy” and the “light”

Mr. Jaouad Elbakili

 “The Effect of Language on Intercultural Sensitivity”

Dr. Jean Nicolas Druel

“The manuscript tradition of Sībawayh’s Kitāb and the influence of the early commentaries”

Dr. Khaled Ali Al Masaeed

“Multidialectal and Multilingual Translanguaging Practices in L2 Arabic Study Abroad”

Dr. Nesrine Basheer

“Lexical repetition and the quality of Arabic L1 and L2 writing”

Ms. Amera Mohamed Eid Abdalrahim

“The Orthographic Variation in Arabic: MSA – ECA in Social Media”

Ms. Hagar Lotfy Amer

“Technology- based Assessment in AFL Classrooms”

Hebatalla Mohy El-Din Salem

“Speaking in MSA in TV Documentaries, Challenges Not Only for Egyptian Students, but for Instructor”

Ms.Fatma Sabet

“Languages in Action: An Arabic Language Course for the Ministry of Defence by the University of Exeter”

Prof. Hajara Masood

“Teaching L1.5 Students: A New Category of Language Learner”

Prof. Valentina Serreli

“Preliminary notes on the Arabic spoken in Siwa Oasis”

Dr. Shahira Mahmoud Yacout

Are Badawi’s levels of contemporary Arabic reflected in Facebook?

Dr. Ashraf Abdou

“Patterns of Semantic Extension and the Analysability of Arabic Idioms”

Dr. Emma Gale Trentman

“Applying Genre-Based Approaches in the Intermediate Arabic Classroom”

Dr. Francesco Sinatora

“Arabic and social media: A higher-level content class”

Dr. Jonathan David Featherstone

“Dealing with Language Variation in Teaching Elementary to Lower Intermediate Arabic using the Integrated Approach”

Dr. Laila Familiar

“Instructional Coaching for Teachers of Arabic”

Mr. Haitham Salaheldin Mohamed

Performative teaching: The use of drama techniques in creating an in-class activity using the program “Whose line is it anyways?” and its Egyptian version “الدور على مين؟”

 Mr. Wael Mohamed Asfour

“Register Analysis in the Story of Prophet Yūsuf (Joseph) in the Holy Quran: Applying Halliday’s Model to Dialogues from Surat Yūsuf”

Ms. Heba Mohamed El-Ramly

“AFL Teachers’ perceptions towards feedback”

Professor Mimi Melkonian

Learning First, Technology Second: Designing Lessons for Authentic Engagement with The Triple E Framework