"THE DILEMMA OF LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION POLICIES IN THE ARAB WORLD"

THE ARAB JOURNAL OF APPLIED LINGUISTICS

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CALL FOR PAPERS

"THE DILEMMA OF LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION POLICIES IN THE ARAB WORLD"

Special issue coeditors: DR ALI RADDAOUI AND PROF. REIMA AL-JARF

 

The Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics (www.arjals.com) is pleased to announce a special issue on the theme of The Dilemma of Language of Instruction Policies in the Arab World’.  The anticipated publication date for this volume is December 2017.

 

The language of instruction debate has been going on in Arab countries for decades. English or French has been used as a medium of instruction in science, technology, medicine and engineering at Arab universities for over a century. The number of schools and universities utilizing English and French as a medium of instruction is increasing. Has the utilization of English and French as media of instruction made any difference in Arab world human, social, economic, and scientific development and ranking among world countries? Has this made the status and quality of education, employment, economic and social development better?

 

This call for papers is axiomatically based on the premise that until and unless education and language policy issues are resolved in a satisfactory way, education in Arab countries, individually and collectively, will continue to fail the all-important test of knowledge consumption and production, and contribution to social and economic development. Language of instruction policies in Arab countries pose a challenge that is too crucial to be left to policy makers and stakeholders alone. For this reason, this call targets ministries of education, pan-Arab education institutions, teachers and students, education policy analysts, sociologists, psycholinguists, development researchers, publishers, Arab media and others.

 

Volume editors are seeking empirical studies that shed light on this dilemma through describing, classifying, comparing, analyzing, theorizing, and critically evaluating language of instruction policy pronouncements, their implementation, and implications for identity, social and economic development. Articles may focus on any of, but not limited to, the following topics:

  1. Typology of language of instruction policies in Arab countries; country-specific case studies; official and national language designations in country constitutions;
  2. The place of foreign languages vs the national language in the curriculum;
  3. Comparative studies of language of instruction policies in Arab countries and selected non-Arab countries around the world;
  4. International best practices in the use of native/national languages as media of instruction especially at the university level;  
  5. The question of native language as a medium of instruction and the issues of identity, social responsibility, human rights, UNESCO and ALECSO declarations;
  6. Language of instruction policies and Arab contributions to research, transfer and advancement of knowledge, science and technology;
  7. Language of instruction policies and socioeconomic progress;
  8. The languages of research and the perpetuation of elitism in Arab countries;
  9. Language of instruction policies, the labor market, and unemployment;
  10. The emergence of institutions with English/French as a medium of instruction and their contribution to social and economic development.
  11. Standards for Arab literacy and educational outcomes, Arabic language variation, attrition, and shift in relation to the use of English or French as a medium of instruction policies;
  12. Arabic as a medium of instruction: challenges and solutions;
  13. Ways for implementing and enforcing use of Arabic as a medium of instruction at Arab higher education institutions;
  14. Arabic as a medium of instruction, Arabization, translation and publishing;
  15. The Arab spring and language of instruction policies.

 

Please send a 250-500 word proposal by March 31, 2016. All proposal will be blindly reviewed and decisions of acceptance/rejections will be made based on originality, quality and contribution to knowledge. Proposals may be sent to the following email address: (http://www.arjals.com/ojs/index.php/Arjals2016/announcement/view/5).

 

Notifications about the status of the proposals will be sent May 15, 2016.