Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics

The Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics (AJAL) is a biannual, peer-reviewed, and open access journal devoted to the study of languages in the Arab world from different disciplinary perspectives, including education, language pedagogy, language planning and policies, sociology, psychology, information technology, translation, and speech and hearing.

The Arab world refers to those countries that recognise Arabic as their official language. They cover a large geographical zone, extending from Mauritania in North Africa to Bahrain in the Middle East, with a population exceeding 400 million inhabitants. Though they share historical, religious, and linguistic traits, the Arab countries manifest degrees of linguistic, cultural, and ethnographic variation. Their language policies are by no means uniform, especially when it comes to the teaching and learning of foreign languages.

The journal does not overlook groupings and individuals outside the Arab world who have acquired Arabic as a second or other language. Nor does it confine itself to the contributions of scholars of Arab origin.          

The topics that  AJAL covers include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • First language learning, teaching, and testing
  • First language literacy learning, instruction, and testing
  • ESL language learning, teaching, and testing
  • The interaction between language and literacy in multi-lingual Arab contexts,
  • Language policies and literacy
  • Language and literacy disorders

The aim of the journal is to provide a unified forum for researchers and practitioners interested in applied linguistic issues, with special reference to the Arab context. The journal is in English, but abstracts are also published in Arabic.

The journal accepts contributions in the form of empirical research papers, theoretical papers, critical reviews, and book reviews.  


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Call For Papers: Academic Discourse in the Outer and Expanding Circles

The three-world ideology-oriented division that characterized most of the second half of the 20th century's Cold War era has given way to what is called today Developed, Emerging, and Developing countries (economies). First World countries have maintained their supremacy and are ranked as Developed countries. Former Second World communist countries, namely Russia and China, together with other countries such as India and Pakistan, are top Emerging countries. A few Third World countries have risen to the rank of  Emerging countries, but many are classified as Developing and some, political correctness aside, are underdeveloped.With the exception of South Korea, perhaps, no Third World country has joined the Developed countries club.  
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New Indexation with ERIC

We are exceptionally happy to announce AJAL new indexation, granted by ERIC, which is a free online library of education research sponsored by the US Department of Education.  
Posted: 2019-10-07 More...

AJAL New Indexation With TIRF


We are pleased to announce some good news about The Arab Journal of Applied Linguistic.

AJAL has now a new indexation with TIRF_ The International Research Foundation for English Language Education; and hopes to benefit from this indexation, which constitutes an additional advantage to ensure a broader dissemination of the outcomes of our unified forum for researchers and practitioners interested in applied linguistics issues, with special reference to the Arab context, in the EFL community.


Posted: 2017-02-10 More...

International Certificate Indexing for the ARAJ


Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics 

Impact Factor for the year 2015

Posted: 2016-05-08 More...

Authors’ Submission Guidelines to the Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics (

Guidelines on how to submit manuscripts to the Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics (  
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Vol 4, No 2 (2019): Language assessment in the Middle East and North Africa

Table of Contents

Introduction (Guest editor)

Atta Gebril, Sahbi Hidri
Peter Davidson, Christine Coombe
Racha Zebib, Guillemette Henry, Camille Messarra, Edith Kouba Hreich, Abdelhamid Khomsi
Luana Cosenza, Paola Masillo
Rahaf Alabar