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Conference | Teaching conference

Integrating Grammar-Based and Communicative Approaches in The Arabic Classroom

Friday 26 October 2018
Free attendance. Register via lucis@hum.leidenuniv.nl
P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden

Interest in learning Arabic has grown from merely philological in the study of Classical texts to involve using the modern language in communicating with Arabic speakers and interacting with contemporary written and spoken texts.  Such changes in the field bring about new questions and challenges.  Learning Arabic as a Classical language means heavy emphasis on grammar and translation as tools of academic inquiry.  Many academic programs today are adapting to training students on using a living language.  Furthermore, increasing European focus on proficiency-based language instruction poses a number of challenges on academic programs. 

The symposium serves as the seed for a European network of academics and professionals interested in TAFL. It brings together an initially small group of colleagues from the Netherlands, UK and Europe who are involved in the field, together with colleagues from Egypt and Morocco who run graduate programs in TAFL and study abroad programs. We will share research and professional experience as course instructors, program coordinators, (graduate) program chairs, and study abroad instructors.

The programme can be found here.

The organization of this symposium has been sponsored by the Leiden University Fund/Dr. C.L. van Steeden Fonds, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society, Leiden University Language Learning Resource Centre, Stichting Oosters Instituut, and Juynboll Stichting.


The symposium is open to all Foreign Language Professionals and academics. There is no registration fee, but registration is required. To register for attendance, send an email to lucis@hum.leidenuniv.nl with your name and affiliation.

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