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Arabic SLA 2016 : Investigating Arabic Second Language Learning: Empirical Findings and Trends


When Sep 24, 2016 - Sep 25, 2016
Where University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Submission Deadline Feb 28, 2016
Notification Due Mar 30, 2016
Categories    arabic   SLA   linguistics   pedagogy

Call For Papers

You are invited to submit proposals for presentation at the International Conference:

“Investigating Arabic Second Language Learning: Empirical Findings and Trends”

to be held at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, September 24-25, 2016.

The conference is an open forum for scholars interested in exploring empirically the different aspects of Arabic second/foreign language learning within current approaches, including:

Formal (generative, functional, typological)
Cognitive (processability, attention, noticing and awareness)
Input-based (input processing, input, interaction and output)
Frequency and usage based
Language socialization
Discourse, Conversation, or Pragmatic

Topics can also deal with the theory and practice of Arabic second/foreign language teaching. Encouraged topics include but not limited to:

Application of classroom approaches or specific techniques to teach language skills and components (speaking, listening, reading, writing, culture, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation)
Technology-mediated learning and teaching
Local versus study-abroad environment
L1 transfer in L2 acquisition
L2 transfer in L3 acquisition
L2 maintenance and attrition
Learning strategies
Individual differences and external variables (aptitude, anxiety, attitude, distance, and motivation)
Learner perception
Foreign language testing
Second language acquisition-testing interface
Heritage learners
Teacher education

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Prof. Bill VanPatten, Michigan State University
Prof. Sami Boudelaa, University of UAE & Cambridge University
Prof. Lotfi Sayahi, University at Albany – SUNY

Languages of the conference:
English and Arabic

Abstract submission:
To present a paper, an abstract is required. To submit an abstract, please visit the following site:

Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts:
February 28, 2016

Notification of abstract acceptance:
March 30, 2016

Following the conference, papers which are recommended by external peer reviewers will be published in a book under contract with Routledge.

Co-Sponsors at U-M:
Department of Near Eastern Studies
Department of Linguistics
Institute for the Humanities
International Institute
U-M Office of Research

Conference Advisory Committee:
Professor Camelia Suleiman
Professor Brahim Chakrani
Professor Sami Boudelaa

Please contact the conference organizer, Prof. Mohammad Alhawary:

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