About the Journal

The Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics  (AJAL- ISSN: 2490-4198) is a biannual, peer-reviewed, and open-access journal devoted to the study of languages and language education 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 recognize 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 second or other language. Nor does it confine itself to the contributions of scholars of Arab origin or scholars whose work contributes to the study of Arabic or languages spoken in the Arab world.          

The topics that  AJAL covers include, but are not restricted to, the following: 

  • First language learning, teaching, and assessment
  • First language literacy learning, instruction, and assessment
  • Second or additional language learning, teaching, and assessment
  • The interaction between languages in multilingual 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, and it accepts contributions in the form of empirical research papers, theoretical papers, critical reviews, and book reviews.