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

Job Openings & Scholarships

Current job vacancies and scholarships for teachers (and students) of Arabic, Arabic literature and related fields.

To find out more information about these opportunities, please contact the institutions linked below

  1. Senior Language Teacher in Arabic (Fixed Term, Part time)
    • Department of East Asian Studies, University of Cambridge
  1. Research Fellow – Post-Doctorate Researcher (Arabic Poetry in the Cairo Genizah: History of Literacy and Education)
  2. Lecturer in Arabic and Comparative Literature, U. of London
  3. Research Officer, LSE Middle East Centre
  4. Arabic Tutor required for 2021-22 academic year 
    • The Modern Languages Centre at the University of Huddersfield is looking for an Arabic tutor for the 2021-22 academic year. This is a PTHP, term time only post. We are a small centre with a friendly team providing a variety of languages to students, staff and the general public.   For more details and to express your interest please contact Vickie Sala Arslan, Languages Coordinator v.arslan@hud.ac.uk 
  1. The American University in Cairo, Center for Arabic Study Abroad 
  2. Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
  3. Qatar Scholarship Program
  4. Qalam wa Lawh Scholarships
  5. The Arab American Institute 
  6. The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Middle Eastern Studies 
  7. Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice

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.

Events Calendar

Conferences, training workshops, symposia and similar events on Arabic language education and related fields . Updated regularly as and when events are advertised.

If you know of other events that should be added to this calendar, please feel free to share them in the comments section


Event: Digital transformation of Arabic Language Learning and Teaching: Post Pandemic Implications

  • Date: December 18th-19th, 2021
  • Organiser: The Department of Arabic Language Instruction (ALI) and The Department of Applied LinguisticsTeaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL) In Collaboration with Leiden University Language Learning Resource Centre (LLRC) Announce The Fourth Biennial International Conference

Conference in Innovation in language teaching and learning

  • 11 – 12 November 2021
  • 7 June 2021 Deadline for submitting abstract

ICALR 2021: International Conference on Arabic Language and Rhetoric

  • Date: August 05-06, 2021
  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

BATA Inaugural International Conference

  • Location: 24 & 25 June 2021, Online
  • Organiser: The British Association of Teachers of Arabic (BATA) and the University of Leeds

A Small Symposium on “New Trends in Arabic Language and Literacy Teaching

  • Organiser: The Education Unit of ATINER
  • Date : 17-20 May 2021
  • Location: Athens, Greece

ICAIS 2021: International Conference on Arabic and Islamic Studies

  • Date: April 22-23, 2021
  • Location: ONLINE, New York, United States

The 3rd Biennial Arabic Language Teaching & Learning in the UK Higher Education Conference

  • Organiser: Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies conference
  • Date: 8 – 9 April 2021
  • Location: Online (Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies)
  • Call for Papers: The deadline for submissions to the 3rd Biennial Arabic Language Teaching & Learning in the UK Higher Education Conference is 12:00 am (GMT) on Saturday 19th December 2020

“العربية: أسئلة في الجذور والافاق”

  • Event: “العربية: أسئلة في الجذور والافاق”
  • Date : اليوم: الساعة ١٢:٣٠ ظهرا (الدوحة)
  • Organsier: د. منتصر الحمد – جامعة قطر

1. هل العربية شريفة أم مشرفة
2. الاصل السامي للغة والخط العربيين
3. هل ستصمد امام العولمة والعمالة الوافدة والعربيزي وغيرها.
4. مأسسة العربية باعتبارها راس مال بشري

محاضرات معرض الكتاب الإفتراضي – اللغة العربية: الجموع الأصيلة

Visual Communication Signs for Online Teaching & Virtual Meetings [Multilingual]

OERabic Cards are a free set of printable and digital visual signs designed to help teachers and learners – and any remote participant – to communicate easily and visually (using visual clues) during teaching sessions online.

To access these resources , go to → OERabic Cards | Visual Communication Signs

Essential Checklists for Teaching & Studying Online (for Students & Teachers)

There’s a lot of advice and guidelines about teaching and learning online in the context of Covid19, which could be overwhelming sometimes, especially for teachers new to this area. The following checklists are basically a summary of top tips and recommendations (drawn from my personal experience in the field) as well utilising key findings from relevant literature. Feel free to copy them to your workspace in Notion and use them as a quick reference when teaching online.

I very much welcome your suggestions and contributions to the checklists. The lists will remain open drafts for editing and improvements.

To download the checklist for personal use, go to:

Studying Online | An Essential Checklist (for Students 👩‍🎓👨‍🎓)

Managing Virtual Classes | An Essential Checklist (for Teachers 👩‍🏫👨‍🏫) 

to access all checklists → Essential Checklists (for Students & Teachers)