Consortium of Middle East National Resource Centers’ Virtual Language Workshop: Transformative Paradigms in the Middle East Language Classroom: Learning, Pedagogy, and Curriculum Development


Fri, 04/09/2021 - 8:15am to Sat, 04/10/2021 - 3:15pm

Meeting Description:

The Center for Middle East Studies (CMES) at the University of Arizona is glad to inform you that the Consortium of Middle East National Resource Centers’ Virtual Language Workshop will take place online, on April 9-10, 2021. The title of this year’s workshop is Transformative Paradigms in the Middle East Language Classroom: Learning, Pedagogy, and Curriculum Development. The 2016 Western Consortium Middle East Language Workshop saw the importance of preparing language learners to operate in an environment enriched with digital technologies. The 2021 Middle East National Resources Centers Virtual Language Workshop seeks to build on this knowledge and examine the transformative paradigms emerging as we move more and more into the online realm. Transformative pathways in pedagogy go beyond instrumental innovations to address social issues and multilingualism in the classroom. The evening of April 8th will feature an opening keynote address. Then the Friday and Saturday of the event will feature guest speakers, presenters, who will present research advances and classroom practices in their contexts, and break-out rooms to workshop some of the new practices learned. 

Proposals are invited for presentations describing research and descriptive reports on the Middle East language learning and pedagogy. We welcome presentations that relate to the following: approaches to curriculum development including genre; heritage-language learners; multi-literacies; language skills and instructional strategies; intercultural communicative competence; teacher education and professional development; and testing and assessment.

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr. Yass Alizadeh (Lecturer of Persian, New York University)
  • Dr. Emma Trentman (Associate Professor of Arabic, University of New Mexico)

Submission Guidelines:

Abstracts should be in English and no longer than 300 words. There should also be a 50-word summary of the abstract. Each paper presentation should be 20 minutes long. All presentations will be discussed in a Q and A session at the end of each panel. No more than one single-authored and one co-authored proposal are allowed per person. 


Deadline and Notification of Acceptance:

The deadline for the submission of abstracts has been extended to February 19, 2021
Notifications of acceptance will go out in the beginning of March

Abstract and Virtual Workshop Registration Link (Although the abstract deadline passed - please fill out this survey for virtual conference registration) Note registration is free. :

This conference can accommodate up to 300 people. It is free reg and first-come, first-served. Deadline to register was 4/2/21. The registration for this event has now closed. 

Organizing committee:

  • Dr. Anne Betteridge (University of Arizona)
  • Dr. Julie Ellison-Speight (University of Arizona)  
  • Dr. Narges Nematollahi (University of Arizona)
  • Dr. Jeanette Okur (University of Texas Austin)
  • Dr. Mahmoud Azaz (University of Arizona)

Contact information:

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Co-sponsors include:


The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California Berkeley, The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, and The Middle East Center at the University of Washington.