Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

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.  

 

Section Policies

Call for papers

Call for Papers

The inaugural issue of the Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics on “Language and literacy in the Arab World

About the Journal

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. 

The Inaugural Issue

This inaugural issue, scheduled to appear in May 2015, will be devoted to the interaction between language and literacy in the Arab world. We invite contributions related to, but not limited to, the following topics:  

  • Literacy acquisition in one of the languages of the Arab world
  • Language and literacy instruction
  • Diglossia and literacy acquisition
  • School readiness, literacy and success in school
  • Language and literacy disorders
  • Language, literacy , and ideology
  • Technology and literacy
  • Plurilingualism and pluriliteracy
  • Sociopolitical changes, policies and literacies

Submissions should be in the form of research papers using quantitative and/or qualitative methods.

The manuscript should not exceed 10000 words, including the references. Submissions should be sent by e-mail in a word format to Dr Abdessatar Mahfoudhi, the editor of this issue at this address: mabessatar@yahoo.com. The deadline for submissions is October 30th, 2014. 

Editors
  • Hajer Brahem
  • Sahbi Hidri
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Table of Contents

Editors
  • Hajer Brahem
  • Sahbi Hidri
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Book Reviews

This section is devoted to reviewing newly published books in any discipline that meets the AJAL scope and interests.

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Special Issue

Editors
  • Hajer Brahem
  • Sahbi Hidri
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Introduction (Editor-in-chief)

Editors
  • Hajer Brahem
  • Sahbi Hidri
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Conference Proceedings

Editors
  • Hajer Brahem
  • Sahbi Hidri
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Peer Review Process

Each submitted manuscript is evaluated on the following basis:

a)      Originality of its contribution to the field of the scholarly publishing;

b)      The soundness of its theory and methodology given the topic;

c)      The coherence of its analysis;

d)     Its ability to communicate to readers (grammar and style).

Normal turn-around time for evaluation of manuscripts is one to two months from the date of receipt.

 

Publication Frequency

The Journal is published biannually. 

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

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. 

 

 

Editor Decision

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