7 Discussion & Mailing Lists For Language Teaching Professionals (Arabic Language & Area Studies )

If you are a teacher, you must be a member of at least one mailing lists. Here are some of the well known and active mailing lists for professionals in the field of Arabic language education and related fields.


  • ARABIC-L is a mailing list for Arabic Language Teaching professionals, currently administered by the University of Leeds (prior to that it was administered by Prf. Dilworth Parkinson from Brigham Young University)
  • To subscribe: send a message to Arabic-l@lists.leeds.ac.uk
  • To contact the person managing the list: arabic-l-owner@lists.leeds.ac.uk

Arabic Network (JISCmail)

  • Arabic Network (JISC) is a discussion list for teachers of Arabic working secondary, higher and further education.
  • For more info, visit: Arabic Network (JISCmail)
  • Mailing List Email: Arabic-Network@Jiscmail.ac.uk

ADABIYAT | Middle Eastern Literary Traditions

  • ADABIYAT is a mailing list dedicated to discussions of the literary traditions of the Middle East, including Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu and Hebrew.
  • For more information visit: ADABIYAT page
  • To subscribe to the email list visit: ADABIYAT



BRAIS (The British Association for Islamic Studies) (JISCmail)

  • To subscribe, visit BRAIS List
  • Mailing List Email: BRAIS@jiscmail.ac.uk

AULC (Association of University Language Communities) (JISCmail)

  • AULC mailing lists are hosted by JISCmail.
  • For more info, visit: AULC Mailing List
  • Mailing List Email: aulc-members@jiscmail.ac.uk

Association for Language Learning (for ALL Members)

  • To subscribe, email: info@all-languages.org.uk

SCILT (Scotland’s National Centre for Languages)

  • For more info, visit: SCILT

7 Core Skills to Develop when Teaching Languages Online

If you’re a language teacher using technology, keep this “Skills Pyramid” in mind … Both technical know-how and pedagogical knowledge are key skills to acquire and nurture in today’s technology-driven education. Skills Pyramid (Hampel & Stickler 2005)

  1. ICT competence
  2. Specific technical competence for the software
  3. Dealing with constraints and possibilities of the medium 
  4. Facilitating communicative competence 
  5. Online socialisation  
  6. Creativity & choice 
  7. Own style 

Skills Pyramid (Hampel & Stickler 2005)

Source: Hampel, R. & Stickler, U. (2005). New Skills for new classrooms. Training tutors to teach languages online. In CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning). 18 (4). pp. 311 – 326.