BATA Conference 24 – 25 June 2021: Call for Papers, ONLINE

BATA Inaugural International Conference

University of Leeds, 24 & 25 June 2021, Online.


To register for the conference, please click here: Conference Registration.

To access the programme, please click here: Provisional Conference Programme

The deadline for registration is midnight June 10 (UK Summer Time)

Teaching, Research and Scholarship Excellence in Arabic Language, Culture, Literature, Linguistics and Translation

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Zahia Salhi, University of Manchester

Mrs Jane Wightwick , Co-author of Mastering Arabic series

Call for Papers:

The British Association of Teachers of Arabic (BATA) and the University of Leeds are very pleased to invite you to the BATA Inaugural International Conference, to be held at the University of Leeds in 24 & 25 June 2021.

The Conference is designed to offer a platform for teachers, students and research scholars of Arabic language, culture, literature, linguistics and translation from the United Kingdom and beyond, to exchange ideas, share good practice and disseminate their scholarship and research to a wider audience. It also aims at facilitating greater collaboration and links between teachers, students and scholars in the field in the UK and abroad.

In this spirit, we look forward to proposals considering the following themes and sub-themes: Please send your abstract to

1. Teaching Arabic and Culture 2. Arabic Translation 3. Arabic Literature and Literary Criticism 4. Arabic Linguistics

  1. Teaching Arabic and culture
  • Curriculum design and development
  • Arabic for special purposes
  • Developing vocabulary skills
  • Teaching Arabic skills
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Autonomous learning
  • Classroom interaction
  • Teaching Arabic and professional development
  • Teaching Arabic online: opportunities and challenges
  • Technology-based e-learning Arabic
  • Varieties in Arabic
  • Teaching Arabic: transition from Schools to Higher Education

2. Arabic Translation

  • Translation of news
  • Translation and ideology
  • Translation of technical texts
  • Translation of scientific texts
  • Literary translation
  • Translation of legal texts
  • Machine translation

3. Arabic Literature and Literary Criticism

  • Postmodernism
  • Arabic literature and diaspora
  • Gender and literature
  • Classical and modern literature

4. Arabic Linguistics

  • Sociolinguistics of Arabic language
  • Arabic discourse analysis studies
  • Arabic media studies
  • Arabic Stylistics
  • Arabic semantics
  • Arabic Historical Linguistics
  • Conversation analysis
  • Arabic phonetics and phonology
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Arabic Pragmatics

Guidelines on submission of abstracts:

Abstracts can be submitted in both Arabic and English. Arabic abstracts should be accompanied with a brief summary in English. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words, with clear goals and relevance to the theme of the conference.

The Conference invites abstracts from individuals and panels. Individual papers will be grouped by themes and assigned a chair.

Panels should consist of a minimum of four papers, with a clear objective and relevance to the theme of conference.

All abstracts should be submitted by no later than February 14, 2021. Proposals will be blind reviewed by members of the organising Committee. Participants will be notified of the outcome of their submission by no later than March 10, 2021. Talks will be allocated 20 minutes and 10 minutes for Q&A.

Submissions should contain the following:

  1. Author name(s),
  2. Affiliation and a contact e-mail address,
  3. Title of the presentation,
  4. Abstract in the language of the presentation (250-300 words). The language used in the abstract will be considered the language of presentation at the Conference.
  5. A short summary of your abstract (max. 150 words) in English (if the language of the presentation is not English)
  6. Submission for panels should include a chair as well.
  7. References and figures can be added.
  8. Please submit the abstract in pdf format

Poster proposals must contain the following:

  1. Author name(s),
  2. Affiliation and a contact e-mail address,
  3. Title of the poster,
  4. Abstract in Arabic or English (250-300 words).
  5. A short summary of your abstract (max. 150 words) in English (if the language of the poster is not English)

Please send your abstract to

Conference Chair: Prof. El Mustapha Lahlali, University of Leeds

Organising Committee:

Prof. Daniel Newman, University of Durham

Dr Sara Al Tubuly, Al Maktoum College

Dr. Abdelghani Mimouni, University of Manchester

Dr. Kirill Dmitriev, University of St Andrews

Dr. Salwa El-Awa, Swansea University

Dr. Mohammed Dayoub, University of Warwick

Mr. Mohammed Bouabdallah, University of Westminster

Mrs Ghena Tarabulsi,  ICS International Community School

For any queries about the Conference, please email:

Conference Sponsors:

The word qasid is used to describe a path that is direct and smooth. This is the way we believe the Arabic language should be taught. Qasid Arabic Institute has quietly developed a reputation as one of the leading centers in the Middle East for Arabic language learning. A comprehensive curriculum taught over five distinct levels takes a student from the proper pronunciation of letters to a level of mastery. For further information please click HERE


Al-Maktoum College is a privately funded independent college of higher education situated in Dundee, Scotland. The College focuses on lifelong learning through academic, technical, and customised programmes recognised by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). Courses include Arabic Language, Islamic Studies, and Islamic Finance, in addition to mainstream business, and management studies. Small in size but great in ambition, the College has welcomed students from over 30 nationalities since its founding in 2001.