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Full Title: Arabic Language Teaching & Learning in UK Higher Education

Location: Leeds/ the University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Start Date: 28-Mar-2017 - 28-Mar-2017
Contact: Mark Critchley
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: The purpose of the conference is to bring together academics and language teachers working in UK universities to discuss the nature and challenges presently faced in the field. This is in the context of a recent rapid growth of demand for Arabic language learning, in particular across university-wide language programmes. There are now (2016) almost 60 UK Universities teaching the Arabic language, including 12 who offer degree programmes (single or joint honours, undergraduate or postgraduate) in Arabic Studies. The conference intends to:

a) Provide a forum for all teachers of Arabic in Higher Education in the UK to come together, and to act as a catalyst for collaboration across all institutions
b) To support the closer integration of the teaching & learning of Arabic with the teaching & learning of other languages in UKHE
c) To provide a forum for development of collaborative ideas amongst participants, leading to collaborative projects through external funding

The conference will include two external keynote speakers, and will close with a panel discussion. There will also be parallel sessions to receive presentations on topics of principal interest, a small exhibition and a space for posters. The focus will be towards Arabic teaching and learning in UK universities, submissions from outside the UK will be accepted.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Zeinab A. Taha, American University in Cairo
Munther A. Younes, Cornell University

Key Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: 9 December 2016
Notification of acceptance: 13 January 2017
Registration opens: 16 January 2017.
Registration deadline: 13 March 2017.

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The Organising Committee:

Abed Al-Zuweiri (Durham University)
Mark Critchley (Durham University)
Hanem el-Farahaty (University of Leeds)
Farida el-Keiy (University of Cambridge)
Jonathan Featherstone (University of Edinburgh)
Lourdes Hernández Martin (London School of Economics & Political Science)
Saussan Khalil (University of Cambridge)
Rasha Soliman (University of Leeds)
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics
Subject Language: Arabic, Standard
LL Issue: 28.547

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