Why this Symposium
Why this Symposium? 

The Arabic Language occupies an esteemed position not only among its speakers and the Muslim Community at large but also worldwide. It is perceived among its speakers and the Muslims as a potent factor to their survival because it is the medium and transmitter of their history, culture and legacy. Nations around the world see Arabic as a language of a people that have deep-rooted heritage in science and the arts, and today they hold with them strategic, socio-political, cultural, economic and diplomatic interests. Due to all these factors, many countries are interested in the teaching, learning, and promotion of the Arabic language. Today, Arabic is one of the six official languages used in international bodies and organizations. It is being taught in many distinguished universities around the world.
All being said, one could ask: what does the Arabic Language need? Simply, it is in need of language development programs, teaching methods improvement, suitable textbooks composition, and development of standards and competencies that learners should master. Above all, tools that should adequately measure the learners’ proficiency in such competencies should be developed. Along with the efforts to address these needs, the National Center for Assessment in Higher Education has called for this Symposium to share its contribution in developing a standardized test named “ Standardized Test of Arabic Proficiency in Speakers of Other Languages” with Arabic educators and specialists coming from respected universities, colleges and institutes around the world and provide

the platform to exchange ideas and expertise. In the process of developing this test, the Center has exerted strenuous efforts to commit itself to the upholding of internationally recognized practices in test development. It is intended  to be a language measure that is accepted and used worldwide and to make sure that educators and stakeholders are satisfied with it by seeking their constant comments, feedback and contribution to our standards development. Finally, the Center would like our esteemed contributors, discussants and participants to know that it welcomes their points of view and ideas regarding the test use and how to promulgate it.  

Objectives :
The main objective of this symposium is to bring together institutions that have keen interests in the Arabic language education and development. There are two types of institutions that may be considerably involved here; namely, (1) academic institutions such as colleges, departments and institutes whose main mission is to teach Arabic and aspire to achieve a certain level of proficiency in their students, and (2) institutions that specialize in measurement and whose roles are to benefit from expertise of academic institutions and at the same time help them professionally and scientifically measure the level of proficiency in their language learners. It is believed that exchange of expertise among these institutions will surely enhance the Arabic language programs and presence worldwide.