The Fourth Biennial Arabic Teaching Conference

Translanguaging and Linguistic Diversity in Arabic

The University of Cambridge is hosting the Fourth Biennial Arabic Language Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference on Thursday, 18th April 2024, at Cripps Court, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge.

The previous Biennial Conferences were held firstly at the University of Leeds in 2017, then King’s College London in 2019, and last hosted online by the University of Exeter in 2021.

The conference will cover the following sub-themes:

Perceptions of Translanguaging: 

Papers on learners’ and teachers’ perceptions of translanguaging and linguistic diversity in Arabic language programmes. This could also include ways to inform sociolinguistic awareness, as well as approaches to decolonisation, and the place of translanguaging and linguistic diversity in teachers’ training.

The Varieties We Teach:

Papers on the rationale behind the choices of Arabic varieties taught, learners’ linguistic backgrounds and needs, as well as the analysis of the linguistic affinity and distance between the Arabic varieties taught, and those used as the medium of instruction.

Pedagogical Approaches:

Our presenters will showcase research findings and sharing of good practice on how we approach translanguaging and linguistic diversity in curriculum design, lesson planning and teaching resources.

Approaches to Assessment:

This includes discussions on how translanguaging and linguistic diversity can be assessed.

Keynote Speaker

We are privileged to announce that our keynote speaker will be Professor Clive Holes, Emeritus Professor for the Study of the Contemporary Arab World & Emeritus Professorial Fellow, Magdalen College.  His topic for the conference keynote will be ‘Paper title: Classical or Colloquial? the False Dichotomy’.

For more information of Professor Holes see here.


Key Dates

  • Registration opens: Tuesday 17 October 2023
  • Registration deadline: 28 March 2024
  • Conference: 18 April 2024

Fees / Registration

There will be a conference fee of £35.00 per delegate. To register for the event please use the University’s online sales page here.