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1) Conference: Second International Conference on Arabic Language Resources and Tools
2) Fellowship: Dalkey Archive Press, Fellowships in Applied Translation
3) Resource: STARTALK publishes curriculum templates and matrices for 2008 programs
4) Resource: Book Publishing in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
5) Resource: Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies: New articles posted
6) Summer Teacher Program: Translation Summer Institute at Western Michigan U
7) Summer Teacher Program: Approaches to Teaching the Middle East, Georgetown Univ
8) Job Opening: ASCD Middle East: Program Consultant
9) Job Opening: Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy still needs summer staff

1) Conference: Second International Conference on Arabic Language Resources and Tools

The second international conference on Arabic Language Resources and Tools is organised by the MEDAR consortium in Cairo, Egypt. MEDAR (Mediterranean Arabic Language and Speech Technology) is a follow-up of NEMLAR, and is supported by the European Commission. Conference aims: Language Resources (LRs) are a central component of the linguistic infrastructure, necessary for the development of HLT applications and products, and therefore for industrial development. In this conference we will focus on Arabic language technology and on the necessary language resources and tools for both research and commercial development of language technology for Arabic. Multilingual language technology is a particular focus, as well as general methodologies. The other important aspect for the promotion of Arabic language technology is cooperation: Cooperation is extremely important for the advancement of the field, be it cooperation between European, Arabic and American partners, cooperation between Arabic partners, cooperation between research and industry etc. MEDAR will present its first proposal for a Cooperation Roadmap, and will seek discussion and collaboration for its final version. The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for the discussion of the state-of-the-art for Arabic resources and tools, in particular for machine translation and multilingual information retrieval, discuss problems and opportunities, exchange information regarding LRs and tools, their applications, ongoing and planned activities, industrial uses and needs, requirements coming from the new e-society, both with respect to policy issues and to technological and organisational ones. The roadmap discussions will in particular bring in policy issues and collaboration and organisation issues. Important Dates: Submission of proposals for papers, posters, referenced demos: 30 January 2009 Notification of acceptance: 9 March 2009 Final versions for the proceedings: 6 April 2009 For Further Information: Bente Maegaard (co-ordinator) Tel: + 45 35 32 90 90 Fax: + 45 35 32 90 89 Email:

2) Fellowship: Dalkey Archive Press, Fellowships in Applied Translation

Dalkey Archive Press, at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), will be offering two to three Fellowships in Applied Translation beginning in the fall of 2009. The Fellowships are open to any student with at least a BA who wishes to gain practical experience and training in literary translation and publishing.
For further details and application information, please see

3) Resource: STARTALK publishes curriculum templates and matrices for 2008 programs

See STARTALK's website for examples of curriculum templates and matrices for its 2008 Student and Teacher programs. Divided by language (mostly Arabic and Chinese), Theme/Title, and Level.

4) Resource: Book Publishing in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Colleagues have asked me to circulate a pre-press version of my white paper: "Book Publishing in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies: Technological Academic Solutions for Scholars and Academic Publishers" which will be published in the upcoming issue of the Middle East Studies Association Bulletin (Cambridge University Press). I will make available a Microsoft Word 2003 version of my article upon request. Dr. Josef (Yousef) Meri, D.Phil. (Oxford) Fellow and Special Scholar in Residence Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought Royal Hashemite Court 11195 Amman JORDAN

5) Resource: Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies: New articles posted

The following message has been sent by the current editor of the Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies (JAIS), Alex Metcalfe, from what will in the future be the main site of the journal. Note that vol. 9 (2009) is nearly full, but that articles are now being posted earlier than previously. The Bergen site will continue to exist as a mirror site, though it will be a week or so before the newly announced articles are posted at Bergen. All Bergen URLs for previously posted files will continue to work, except for PDF files that have been withdrawn in accordance with our agreement with Edinburgh University Press to withdraw PDFs once the paper edition has appeared. Links to similarly paginated HTML files will be provided in all such cases.
The Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies is pleased to announce that the following articles have recently been posted on its website at Editor's Preface and Bibliography of Michael G. Carter. Tetz Rooke: In the Presence of Absence: Mahmoud Darwish's Testament. Maria Persson: The Role of the /b-/ prefix in Gulf Arabic Dialects as a Marker of Future, Intent and/or Irrealis. Heikki Palva: Sedentary and Bedouin Dialects in Contact: Remarks On Karaki and Salti Dialects of Jordan. Lutz Edzard: Principles Behind the Eighth Revised Edition of Rudolf-Ernst Brünnow's and August Fischer's Arabische Chrestomathie aus Prosaschriftstellern: A Tribute to the Scholarly Methods of Michael G. Carter. Anne Sofie Roald: From Theocracy to Democracy? Towards Secularization and Individualization in the Policy of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan. Gunvor Mejdell: What is Happening to Lughatuna 'l-Gamila? Recent Media Representations and Social Practice in Egypt. Ludmila Torlakova: The Notion Weapon in Arabic Idioms. Simon O'Meara: A Legal Aesthetic of Medieval and Pre-Modern Arab-Muslim Architectural Space. Oddbjørn Leirvik: Conscience in Arabic and the Semantic History of Damir. Abdulrazzak Patel: Nahda Epistolography: Al-Shartuni's al-Shihab and the Western Art of Letter-Writing.

6) Training: Translation Summer Institute at Western Michigan U

Join us at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo for a four-week summer intensive program that will teach you about the business and practice of Arabic-English translation! We welcome applications from everyone, including professionals, undergraduates, graduates, and international students from around the world.

The program will include two courses: LANG 5250: Practicum in Translation (3 credit hours) and LANG 5800: Theory and Business of Translation (2 credit hours).

The Summer Translation Institute will take place during the first four weeks of Summer II 2009 (June 25, Thursday - July 24, Friday). The deadline for initial consideration for applications is March 15, 2009, but applications received after that will be considered based on available space. Housing will be available, and the university will provide visa support for international applicants.

For more details regarding tuition, housing, application procedures, curriculum, and faculty, please see the website or contact the Department of Foreign Languages at or TEL 269-387-3001.

7) Summer Teacher Program: Approaches to Teaching the Middle East, Georgetown Univ

Dear colleagues:

As you think about programs in which you might like to participate in summer 2009 (think warm thoughts!), I would like to invite you to attend our annual workshop for secondary school teachers, "Approaches to Teaching the Middle East," to be held on our campus June 22-26, 2009. Below is information about the workshop and the details for applying. I have a working list of possible speakers right now, so if you who are planning to apply to attend this workshop, be sure to send me topics that you're interested in learning about (but please do it early so I have time to act on your suggestions).

As always, feel free to contact me by e-mail or phone if you have any questions. I hope many of you will join us and look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,


The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and the National Resource Center on the Middle East Georgetown University present:


An annual, one-week workshop for secondary school teachers*
June 22-26, 2009; 9 am to 4 pm daily
Intercultural Center, Georgetown University


∙ This program offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching about the countries of southwestern Asia and northern Africa. Through their respective disciplines, scholars and experts will explore topics in the history, geography, politics, religions, economics, sociology, literature, culture, and arts of the Middle East. There will be readings and hands-on activities, and plenty of opportunities to ask questions and engage in discussions.
∙ Each teacher participant will receive $100 worth of resources, background information, and teaching materials.
∙ A light breakfast and Middle Eastern will be provided daily.
∙ First-time attendees will be eligible to apply for three graduate credits from Georgetown for completing this program. Those who choose this option must complete an extensive lesson plan and pay a tuition fee (last year it was $1,200; I will let you know soon what the fee is this year). There are no fees for the non-credit option. Educators who have attended in the past are welcome to apply again (non-credit option), as the program and speakers are different each year.

How to apply

Please provide typed and complete answers to #1-7, as follows. You can mail, fax, or e-mail your responses (contact information below).

1. How will this workshop help you as a teacher?
2. What courses do you teach currently, or plan to teach next academic year, that relate to the topic of this workshop? (Please include grade levels.)
3. Describe the school where you teach and its student population. If you are a pre-service teacher, indicate when you will graduate, your field of specialization, and your employment plans.
4. Briefly describe your teaching background (you may attach a resume instead).
5. What issues or areas of inquiry would you like to learn about in this workshop?
6. Indicate if you plan to apply for three graduate credits as part of your enrollment in this workshop.
7. Please include name, home and school addresses, telephone, fax, and e-mail address.

Note: Attendees must be present for all five days of the workshop. Deadline for application: May 16, 2008.

Send to:
Zeina Seikaly
Director of Educational Outreach
Arab Studies, 241 ICC
Box 57-1020
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057-1020

Telephone: 202-687-6176
Fax: 202-687-7001

*Although the workshop is geared for secondary school teachers, interested elementary school teachers are also welcome to apply with that in mind.

This workshop is made possible by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and a Title VI grant from the Department of Education, which is funding a National Resource Center on the Middle East at Georgetown University.

8) Job opening: ASCD Middle East: Program Consultant

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Middle East (ASCD ME) seeks educators experienced in K-12 professional development and curriculum and instruction to serve as program consultants/coaches for six to eight months. This contract position will be located in the field and will require extensive travel in the United Arab Emirates. Key responsibilities will include facilitating workshops, and providing onsite coaching, observation, and feedback for capacity building professional development participants. Additional responsibilities will include initiating and participating in meetings, events, and activities with ASCD Middle East staff, ministry of education officials, university staff, school leaders, and other consultants in support of the professional development project. Preferred candidates will be familiar with ASCD programs, products, and services, and have experience interacting with a variety of cultures. Knowledge of Arabic language, customs, and culture is highly desirable. ASCD Middle East is a nonprofit organization focused on professional development for educators. We provide resources that promote effective teaching and learning in the Middle East. Please send a cover letter and resume to the address below.
Contact e-mail:

9) Job Opening: Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy still needs summer staff

I posted these positions before. Middlebury still needs an Arabic Activity Coordinator/RA, Arabic Residential Advisor, Arabic Senior Residential Advisor, and Arabic Teachers. They are still open until filled. To see them, visit:

Student Opportunities & Resources

1) Student Competition: International Arabic Short Story Competition
2) Student Scholarship: AAI Announces Scholarships and Internships Available for Arab American Students
3) Summer Student Program: Summer Arabic Language and Media "SALAM" Program in Oman
4) Summer Student Program: Languages of the Muslim World, Univ of Illinois
5) Summer Student Program: Program in Tunis, Oregon State Univ
6) Resource: Maher Language Institute, Promoting language ed through performing arts
7) Resource: Phone Conversations in Egyptian, Iraqi, and Levantine


1) Student Competition: International Arabic Short Story Competition

The Arab Academy announces an "International Arabic Short Story Competition" open to all those currently studying Arabic as a foreign language. The stories should take place in the Middle East (past or present), and the aim of the stories should be to enable the readers to better understand the history, culture, societies and/or geopolitics of the region.

Who may participate?
Students of Arabic in the West or those residing in an Arab country.

When is the entry deadline?
30th June 2009

What is the objective of this competition?
To encourage non-Arabs to write about the riches of the region from their own personal vantage point so that they help their readers to better understand the diverse cultures of the Middle East.

What are the requirements?
Two versions of the story: One version of the story in English and the other in Arabic. The English version should have a minimum of 5000 words. The Arabic version of the story should be an excerpt and should have a maximum of 1,000 words. Stories should be submitted via email to with current email address, physical address and telephone numbers.

Who are the jury?
** The jury are renowned novelists, historians and literary critics from the Middle East.

Dr. MBaye Bashir (Duke Unviersity, United States)
Dr. Zeinab Ibrahim (Amideast, Cairo, Egypt)
Dr. Salih Abdel Rahman (Howard Community College, United States)

When will the results be announced?
31st July 2009. Winners will be notified by email.
The winners of our prizes will have their stories published on the Arab Academy website.

What are the prizes?
** First Prize: 1 month of free tuition at Arab Academy in Cairo, Egypt + accommodation.
** Second Prize: 1 month of free tuition at Arab Academy in Cairo, Egypt.
** Third Prize: 6 months of free online Arabic language tuition

Sanaa Ghanem
President, Arab Academy,
3 Kamil El-Shinnawi Street (Formerly: Al-Nabataat Street),
Garden City 14511, Cairo, Egypt
Web Inquiries:
Web Site:
Tel.: +2 012 218 0305
Fax: +202 589 1499

2) Student Scholarship: AAI Announces Scholarships and Internships Available for Arab American Students

The Arab American Institute Foundation is looking for qualified individuals to apply for our annual Youth Leadership Awards. The Helen Abbott Community Service Awards and the Raymond Jallow Awards for Public Service are given annually by the AAIF for outstanding candidates who have shown a commitment to public or community service.


3) Summer Student Program: Summer Arabic Language and Media "SALAM" Program in Oman

Dear colleagues,

Just in case there's still time for a Summer FLAS applicant (or any other Arabic language student) who is looking for an advanced Arabic program, please share with your students our media-based program this summer in the Sultanate of Oman. We ran a similar program for CAORC / CLS last summer, but have now focused it solely on advanced students and functional media literacy. Summer Arabic Language and Media *SALAM* Program in Oman: An intensive six week course (with one additional week of orientation and evaluation) for Advanced Arabic language students who have completed at least two years of formal Arabic training at colleges and universities.
Program Focus:
Teaching Modern Standard Arabic to advanced students with the goal of enhancing functional usage of the language through the study and analysis of the media: print, broadcast, internet, film and literature. Program Locations:
Six weeks in Salalah, one week in Muscat
Program Dates / Contact Hours:
June 20 - August 4, 2009. Classhours: 4 hours a day, 5 days a week, for
6 weeks = 120 classroom hours, not including Arabic films, topical
lectures in Arabic and language teacher-accompanied excursions.
Application Deadline:
April 4, 2009. All materials must be submitted to by this date. See instructions below. Unfortunately partial applications will not be considered.
Program Cost:
$6,900 [Tuition = $3800; Room and partial board (breakfasts) = $3100].
Additional meals, personal spending money, insurance and international airfare are not included.
Curriculum for Advanced Arabic Students:
* A topically-based curriculum with three main thematic subjects:
Economic Issues & Developments; International Relations; and Omani &
Islamic Culture.
* Each topic would be introduced through all forms of media in
Arabic, supported by relevant chapters from Al-Kitaab fii Ta`allum al-
`Arabiyya: A Textbook for Arabic (Part Three) by Kristen Brustad,
Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi.
* Pedagogy will be project-, group-, and presentation-oriented
US University Credit:
TBD. The program plans to offer the equivalent of one year of college-
level Arabic at the advanced level.
Program Objectives:
By the end of the third week, students will be able to demonstrate:
1) A basic understanding of program themes as they appear in the
media; vocabulary and context
2) Basic Arabic media literacy
3) Conversational skills including everyday subjects
4) An appreciation of the cultural contexts of Salalah, Oman, and
the Middle East

By the end of the sixth week, students will demonstrate:
1) Functional proficiency in reading and writing, with emphasis on speaking and listening comprehension skills through interaction with all types of media, their teachers, Peer Facilitators (Omanis) and the citizens of Dhofar and the capital.
2) Comfortable comprehension of radio or television news
broadcasts, newspapers, and Arabic films
3) Comprehension of written text on familiar topics and ability
to compose news stories.
4) An ability to comment and facilitate discussions on familiar
topics and matters of personal interest like economics, current events,
international relations, religious celebrations and local culture.
5) Interest in contemporary Arab culture with emphasis on
Sultanate of Oman.
6) An understanding of the differences between Modern Standard
Arabic and colloquial Arabic.

Student Recruitment and Selection:
The program is limited to 25 students. All undergraduates or graduate students who have completed two years of college-level Arabic are eligible to apply. Successful candidates will have a strong interest in current events and have demonstrated by their essay that they are serious students of the language.

Program Delivery in Oman:
To be coordinated by Dhofar University in conjunction with the World Learning Oman Center About Dhofar University: About World Learning:

Cultural Components:
Two half-day excursions (East and West of Salalah); one overnight excursion (North of Salalah); visits to Omani cultural and historical sites in Salalah and Muscat; five Arabic film nights/discussion and classroom follow-up; three topical lectures in Arabic in the main subject areas; one overnight stay with an Omani family.

Additionally, the program is based in Salalah, which enjoys pleasant "al-khareef" weather June through August and is a lovely language- learning environment, with few English speakers to speak of (or with!).

To obtain an application form, please email David Fenner at

Wishing you all the best,

Elizabeth Langston, Ph.D.
Academic Manager of Middle Eastern Studies
Phone: 968-92208715

4) Summer Program: Languages of the Muslim World, Univ of Illinois

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-
Champaign in collaboration with the Center for South Asian and Middle
Eastern Studies, the Center for African Studies, CIBER, and the European
Union Center is pleased to host the Summer Institute for the Languages
of the Muslim World (SILMW) in summer 2009 (June-August).
SILMW will offer intensive courses in a variety of Muslim World
languages, including Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu and
Indonesian, by experienced, trained, and highly proficient instructors.
Classes will be held four hours per day over a period of eight weeks,
for a total of 132 hours. Students will earn credits equivalent to one
full academic year of language instruction.

SILMW provides a unique opportunity to explore the languages and
cultures of the Muslim World and interact with experts in this region.
In addition to classroom instruction, SILMW will offer a variety of
extracurricular activities designed to enhance classroom instruction,
provide additional channels for language contact and practice, and
expose learners to the traditions of the Muslim World communities.
These extracurricular activities include research forums, conversation
hours, cooking demonstrations, music, film showings, and other cultural

Please visit our website at or contact
Dr. Albirini at if you have any questions or like
to get more information about SILMW.

Abdulkafi Albirini

5) Summer Student Program: Program in Tunis, Oregon State Univ

Oregon State University has a Study Abroad Program in Tunis. It is open to all qualifying students. We've had participants from various US colleges and universities around the country, in addition to participants from several Oregon universities. This 10-week is based at the flagship language university college ISLT [Institut Supérieur des Langues de Tunis]. This program isconducted by Oregon State in the context of a long-term Memorandum of Understanding signed with one of the largest public universities in Tunisia - Université du 7 Novembre àCarthage.
For 2009, program dates are: Sept 10 - Nov 19

Application Deadline: February 15, 2009

Application Form:

For additional information about this opportunity in Tunisia please go to
. For a taste of Tunisia during the 2008 session as experienced by the students themselves please visit one of our students' blog at

Email inquiries can be sent to Program Directors: Laura RICE (English
Dept) , or Karim HAMDY (Foreign Languages and Literatures Dept) . Professors Rice and Hamdy have been directing the program in-country in Tunis for the past five years.

Karim Hamdy, Resident Director
Study Abroad Program in Tunis
Oregon State University

6) Resource: Maher Language Institute, Promoting language ed through performing arts

Even though the film industry has been there for a long time, bringing the camera to the classroom and integrating it as a tool of learning is an MLI innovation. What you see in the following sample ( illustrates the extent to which learning can be an extremely glamorous experience. Learners have undergone a one-week intensive language training during which they learned basics of Tunisian Arabic. The scenario is carefully written on the basis of a number of lessons that explicated grammatical and idiomatic patterns. Improving all aspects of language from the suprasegmental features to the textual ones are mediated through acting out for the purpose of starring in a movie. In this approach, language learning becomes a tool rather than an end. Another MLI production that targets learners of French and English might be seen through these links ( ( Finally MLI's website provides more information about this
teaching/learning approach (; your professional reviews and comments are very much welcome ( ).

7) Resource: Phone Conversations in Egyptian, Iraqi, and Levantine

This website provides a multitude actual Arabic phone conversation samples. The site is carefully organized by dialect, level, and topic. An excellent resource for helping students learn colloquial.

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