Third International Conference on Arabic Language and Linguistics "Arabic Language and Linguistics: Heritage & Innovation"

From Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 09:00 am to Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 05:00 pm

Event Details

From Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 09:00 am to Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 05:00 pm
Moataz Al Alfi Hall, AUC New Cairo
Raghda El Essawi

As part of AUC's centennial celebrations, the TAFL program of the Department of Applied Linguistics at AUC is happy to announce the holding of its third international conference on Arabic language and linguistics December 17 - 19, 2019 under the title "Arabic Language and Linguistics: Heritage & Innovation."

Keynote addresses and conference presentations will be from December 15 - 17, 2019.

The conference aims at offering a venue for presenting and discussing original research on topics pertaining to Arabic language and linguistics, as well as teaching Arabic to native and non-native speakers at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. It 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.


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


Abstracts could be submitted in English or Arabic. Each abstract, including the title and any data in figures or tables, must not exceed 400 words. The abstract should not show the name or affiliation of the contributor. No abstract will be considered unless the contributor has paid the participation fees. Abstracts should be submitted from the abstract submission page. 


In line with AUC’s pioneering role for many decades in the field of teaching Arabic to speakers of other languages and in celebration of Arabic language international day, two concurrent four day workshops will precede the conference to provide the opportunity to a limited number of participants (ten in each workshop) of receiving training on the use of oral proficiency assessment guidelines for evaluation of students’ oral proficiency offered by the internationally acclaimed American Council for Foreign Language Teaching (ACTFL). The workshop represents phase one of the process of becoming certified testers. This will be one of the rare opportunities where such a training is made available to participants in the Middle East. And in celebration of its centennial AUC will be covering 50 percent of participants fees in the workshop. For more details about the application please go to the page titled “workshops.”


Important Dates:

Call for papers opens November 1, 2018.

Deadline for registration in workshops: February 1, 2019 (Registration will be closed earlier if a cap of 20 participants is met).

Deadline for submission of abstracts: March 1, 2019.

Notification of acceptance: June 30, 2019.

Posting of final conference schedule: August 2019

Oral Proficiency Interviews

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 11 - 14. 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 at presenting teachers with an opportunity at 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 in general and oral proficiency in specific.

-      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 for becoming certified testers.

 In celebration of its centennial, AUC will be partially financially supporting participants in these workshops.

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