Connecting Research and Practice in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language

The University of Oslo – Department of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages In Collaboration with Leiden University Institute for Area Studies Announce "Connecting Research and Practice in TAFL"

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Call for abstracts

Connecting Research and Practice in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language addresses all important issues pertaining to research in Arabic language learning and teaching and its relation to the practice of teaching Arabic to non-native speakers at undergraduate and graduate levels. The conference also examines how engaging with research affects teachers’ professional development. It aims to bring together academics, researchers, and language instructors in Europe and beyond to share their views, empirical work and discuss the 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.

Keynote Speaker

A photo of Professor Mahmoud Al-BatalMahmoud Al-Batal is a Professor of Arabic at the American University in Beirut. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Arabic Linguistics from the University of Michigan. He taught Arabic at Emory University in Atlanta, and at the University of Texas, Austin (UT) and also served as director of the Emory Language Center, director of the Middlebury College Arabic School, director of the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA), and director of the Arabic Flagship program at UT.

Dr. Al-Batal is co-author of Al-Kitaab Arabic textbook series, and has published on various aspects of TAFL and Sociolinguistics. His most recent publications include Arabic as One: Integrating Dialect in the Arabic Curriculum, an edited volume published by Georgetown University Press(2018), and تقرير حالة اللغة العربية ومستقبلها   published by the UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth (2021).

Dr. Al-Batal will hold the pre-conference workshop on December 15th. More information coming soon. 

Workshop in Conjunction 

سُبُل توظيف المفردات والقواعد لتطوير الكفاءة التواصلية باللغة العربية في المستويات الابتدائية والمتوسطة

تهدف هذه الورشة إلى مناقشة كيفية مقاربة تدريس المفردات والقواعد في المستويات الابتدائية والمتوسطة بشكل وظيفي يحقق أهداف التدريس التواصلي ويتيح للمتعلمين تطوير مستوى الكفاءة لديهم. وستنطلق الورشة من عدد من المبادئ المقترح مراعاتها في تصميم نشاطات تعليم المفردات والقواعد مع تركيز خاص على كيفية تطبيق هذه المبادئ والنشاطات في التعليم القائم على المشروعات، ثم تعرض عدداً من النماذج والأمثلة على هذه النشاطات. وستركز الورشة على إتاحة الفرصة أمام المشاركات والمشاركين في الورشة للعمل على تطوير نشاطات خاصة بهم تلبي احتياجات برامجم وطلابهم وذلك عبر التعاون مع باقي المشاركات والمشاركين. لذا، يُتوقَّع من كل مشارك/ـة التفكير في النشاط الذي يود تطويره ضمن فعاليات الورشة.

Utilizing vocabulary and grammar to develop communicative competence in Arabic at the elementary and intermediate levels

This workshop aims to discuss how to approach the teaching of vocabulary and grammar at the elementary and intermediate levels in a functional way that will help learners, develop their communicative abilities. The workshop will outline a few principles that should guide the design of vocabulary and grammar teaching activities, with special focus on project-based learning contexts. The workshop will provide sample activities to illustrate these activities, and will give participants the opportunity to work collectively with other participants on developing activities that meet their programs and students’ needs. Each participant is thus expected to come to the workshop having thought about an activity he/she would like to develop as part of the workshop.

Keynote Title 

تفعيل جدلية النظرية والممارسة في ميدان تدريس العربية للناطقين بغيرها: حدود الحاضر وآفاق المستقبل

Activating the Theory/Practice Dialectic in Teaching Arabic to Speakers of other languages: Current Limitations and Future Prospects

Conference themes

The conference encourages submissions on research that has implications for teaching and learning Arabic as a foreign language, and on teaching projects that are linked to research on the following areas:

  • Action research and classroom research.
  • Language use and communication.
  • Arabic as a World Language.
  • Teacher education and training.
  • First and second language acquisition.
  • Pedagogy for native and non-native speakers.
  • (Online) curriculum and syllabus design.
  • Resources for Arabic language teachers and learners.
  • Arabic linguistics in TAFL.
  • Assessment in TAFL.
  • Best practices in TAFL.

Important Dates 

Abstract Submission deadline: Aug. 1, 2022  Aug. 21, 2022 

Notification of acceptance: Sept. 15, 2022 

Program available online: Oct. 15, 2022 

Registration open: June 15, 2022 


Submit abstract

Conference Website


DAY 1 - 15 December 2022


Sophus Bugges hus seminar room 1

Sophus Bugges hus seminar room 4

12:00 – 12:30  

Registration – Sophus Bugges hus auditorium 3

12:30 – 13:00

Welcome and opening remarks – Sophus Bugges hus auditorium 3

13:00 – 14:00

Arabic as a world language: re-imagining Arabic teacher training

Tony Calderbank, Carine Allaf and Heba Elhelbawi


Challenges & solutions Arabic learners have in an online and blended learning context under COVID-19, utilizing an exploratory sequential MMR approach

Mohamed Mahgoub and Hany Fazza



Infographics Design: An Assessment Methodology

May George


Comparing intralingual and interlingual subtitling as aids to vocabulary acquisition in advanced learners of Arabic

Hossam Elsherbiny


14:00 – 15:00

Placement test between Normative and Communicative

Mahmoud Elshehawy


Diglossic Curriculum: An Investigation Into the Exclusion of Spoken Arabic Varieties and the Students’ Learning Outcome of National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Salim Yuhe Fang



Digitalised language proficiency testing & practice system (DLPTP) for Arabic

Mourhaf Kazzaz, Claudia Duttlinger, Nelly Sagirov, Gamiela Safiya, Maissa Markabi and Heba Ahmad


Computer Mediated Discourse and Linguistic variation in TAFL

Cristina Solimando


15:00 – 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 – 16:30

Spotlight on authentic and inclusive approaches in Arabic language teaching curriculum: A case study of advanced Arabic Skills Module.

Ruba Khamam


Multidialectal Use of L2 Arabic: A Study of Advanced Learner Profiles

Lama Nassif and Nesrine Basheer



Implicit or explicit oral corrective feedback: what do Arabic students prefer?

Hezi Brosh

Negotiating Arabic: language accommodation in a multi-dialect setting

Alaa Elgibali and Rana Siblini

16:30 – 17:30

ENTA Business meeting

Day 2: December 16, 2022


Sophus Bugges hus seminar room 1

Sophus Bugges hus seminar room 4

9:00 – 9:15

Registration and coffee  – Sophus Bugges hus auditorium 3

9:15 – 10:00

Keynote address – Sophus Bugges hus auditorium 3

10:00 – 11:00

Innovation in Arabic teacher education research for better teaching and learning practices regarding teaching communication and oral skills

Hebatalla Elhelbawi


The teaching of Arabic at universities in multicultural English-dominant-Arabic-minority contexts: A review of the literature

Nadia Selim



Information Competencies in Arabic Teaching

Olga Bernikova


تعليم اللغة العربية وتعلمها للناطقين بغيرها، منظور إدراكي.

Mahmoud Aldeeky


11:00 – 12:00

Enhancing Arabic language Students’ vocabulary acquisition skills by means of innovative approaches

Ruba Khamam


Attention to Verbal Morphology in L2 Arabic Reading: An Eye-Movement Study

Lama Nassif, Elizabeth Huntley and Ayman Mohamed



12:00 – 13:00   


13:00 – 14:00

تدريس مهارة الكتابة للمستوى المبتدئ "من الدرس الأول حتّى الأخير؛ كيف نكتب؟"

Safaa Radoan



Bridging theory and practice: Translanguaging perspectives in the Arabic language classroom

Emma Trentman


Critical Pedagogy for Connecting Research and Practice in TAFL. Deepen the appropriate theory to strengthen the practical approach

Letizia Lombezzi


14:00 – 15:00

Teaching Arabic Dialects: Challenges and Solutions

Corrine Stokes and Abdessamad M'Barki



Towards a profile of Arabic Heritage Learners in European Higher Education

Hossam Ahmed


صعوبات وتحديات تعليم اللغة العربية لوارثيها من أبناء اللاجئين السوريين في تركيا

Albaraa Almokdad


15:00 – 15:30


15:30 – 16:30

Engaging And Reflective Practices in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language in the Virtual Learning Environment in The United States

Samir El Omari


Engaging students´ motivation in the Arabic classroom.

Kræn Kielsgaard




Teaching Arabic through drama: Project-based case study

Zehad Sabry


16:30 – 17:30


Learning Arabic and Language Acquisition among Foreign Workers in Saudi Arabia

Sarah Alzahrani



صُعُوبَاتُ تَدْرِيسِ المُذَكَّرِ وَالْمُؤَنَّثِ لِمُتَعَلِّمِي اللُّغَةِ الْعَرَبِيَّةِ لُغَةً أَجْنَبِيَّةً وَسُبُلُ تَجَاوُزِهَا

Abderrahim Chenine and Othmane Berriha


Mentimeter: Giving every student in your Arabic as Foreign Language classroom a voice

Carla El Khoury


For information about how to get to the University of Oslo, please click here.

This conference is made in cooperation and ENTA with co-chair Hossam Ahmed from Leiden University. 

For any questions, please contact co-chair and organizer Zehad Sabry Mohamad Zehad.

Published May 10, 2022 12:06 PM - Last modified Nov. 22, 2022 1:43 PM