||The Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics (AJAL, www.arjals.com) is a biannual, peer-reviewed, and open access journal devoted to the study of languages 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 recognise 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 a second or other language. Nor does it confine itself to the contributions of scholars of Arab origin.
The topics that AJAL covers include, but are not restricted to, the following:
First language learning, teaching, and testing
First language literacy learning, instruction, and testing
ESL language learning, teaching, and testing
The interaction between language and literacy in multi-lingual Arab 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, but abstracts are also published in Arabic.
The journal accepts contributions in the form of empirical research papers, theoretical papers, critical reviews, and book reviews.