BAAL 2014 Conference

47th Annual Meeting:

4th-6th September 2014

University of Warwick, Coventry


Learning, Working and Communicating in a Global Context

Call for Papers

This year's conference is organised by the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick. Warwick is a modern campus university that is currently rated as 3rd in the world in the Quacquarelli Symonds ranking of the top 50 universities under 50 years old. Set in a leafy, self-contained campus, the venue is ideally located within ten minutes from Coventry railway station and central to England's motorway network with easy access to the M1, M6, M40 and M42. Birmingham airport is 45 minutes away by train. The campus is easily accessible by car and there are regular buses to local tourist attractions such as Kenilworth Castle, Warwick Castle and Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. We promise a memorable social programme which will include our gala dinner and entertainment.

Conference Organisers:

Dr Jo Angouri,

Ms Tilly Harrison,

Dr Stephanie Schnurr,

Dr Sue Wharton.

BAAL 2013 Conference

46th Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics: Opening New Lines of Communication in Applied Linguistics

5 - 7 September 2013

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh


Opening New Lines of Communication in Applied Linguistics

Conference Organiser:

Dr Bernadette O'Rourke

Conference website: ments/languages-intercultural-studies/baal-2013-heriot-watt-university.htm

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About BAAL

BAAL is a professional association based in the UK, which provides a forum for people interested in language and applied linguistics. We have an international professional membership of more than 800 members.

BAAL organises scientific meetings, and publishes a newsletter and conference proceedings. We also send representatives to national and international meetings of interest to our members.

BAAL is affiliated to AILA, the International Association of Applied Linguistics

BAAL is a registered charity (registered charity number 264800)

BAAL is not an accreditation body for any courses or organisations and neither its name, nor its acronym, nor its logo can be used in the publicity material of any other organisation without prior permission of the Executive Committee. In particular, its name should not be used to suggest that it has accredited the work of another organisation.

Language in Africa Sig Annual Meeting

Saturday 3rd May 2014

Theme: 'Ideology and language choices: African perspectives'

For details click here.

Dr Ross Graham

BAAL/CUP Seminar: The Multilingual University

Linguistic diversity in higher education in English-dominant and English Medium Instructional contexts

Friday 4th July 2014, 9.45am - 6.00pm

Languages in Education (LinE) Research Centre

Institute of Education, University of London

Dr Siân Preece

Intercultural Communication SIG Annual Seminar

Language Teaching and Language Learning

22nd and 23rd May 2014.

Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

Click here for details.

Dr Liang Wang

BAAL/CUP Seminar: Approaches to Identity

Approaches to identity in language

26-27 June 2014

Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge wpgc2014

Call for papers now available.

Dr Bettina Beinhoff & Dr Sebastian Rasinger

GaLSig 7: Gender, Language and the Media

Wednesday 30th April 2014; 10.00am to 4.30pm

Middlesex University, Media Department, The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BT.

More details on the Gender and Language SiG website: tm

Dr Sylvia Shaw

BAAL/CUP Seminar - Bridging the Gap

Languages in the UK: Bridging the gap between the classroom and the community in language learning

May 29 and 30, 2014

Lews Castle College, University of the Highlands and the Islands, Stornoway

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Rosamond Mitchell, University of Southampton

Professor Kenneth MacKinnon, University of Aberdeen

Call for papers extended to 3 April.

Dr. Cassie Smith-Christmas

BAAL News No. 104

Click here for the latest available issue: BAAL News, Issue 104, Winter 2013/14.

Sebastian Rasinger, Newsletter Editor

TEA SIG 2014 Conference

Technology in Language Assessment: Challenges and Opportunities

Friday 2 May 2014, 10:00 - 16:45

University of Huddersfield, UK.

See here for details.

Dr Fumiyo Nakatsuhara

BAAL 2014 Conference: Call for Papers

The call for papers for the BAAL 2014 conference has now been published. See here for details.

Tilly Harrison, Local Organising Committee

2014 Seminar Series

I am pleased to announce that three seminars will be funded through BAAL-CUP seminar series in 2014. Click here for details. Many congratulations to the seminar organisers!  

Li Li, Seminars Co-ordinator

BAAL Language Learning & Teaching SIG 10th Annual Conference

Recognizing complexity in language learning and teaching

Hosted by the School of Education, University of Leeds

3rd & 4th July 2014

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Professor Adrian Holliday, Canterbury Christ Church University

Dr Sarah Mercer, Karl-Franzen University Graz, Austria

Professor Pauline Foster, St Mary's University College Twickenham

Click here for more details.

Martin Lamb, LLT SIG

BAAL News Book Reviews

A current list of books available for review in BAAL News is available on application. If you are interested in reviewing books for BAAL News then please contact me, Chris Hall, at

Dr Christopher J Hall FHEA, Reviews Editor BAAL News

New BAAL Representative on CLIE

I am very pleased to announce that Dr Emma Marsden, University of York, has accepted the role of BAAL representative on the CLiE.  We are sure that Emma will make a useful contribution to CLiE based on her academic, language teaching and policy-related knowledge and experience.

I wish to thank all who expressed interest in this role and the BAAL executive for a speedy turnaround of the selection process.

For anyone interested in Language in Education, the opportunity to join this committee will occur again as the 3 year terms of our 4 BAAL reps cycle to completion.

Esther Daborn, Honorary CLiE Chair

Walter Grauberg

I have heard from Joanna Channell that Walter Grauberg died on 6 October, aged 90. Walter Grauberg taught at the University of Nottingham, and was the third Chair of BAAL, from 1973 to 1976.

Greg Myers, BAAL Chair

Dave Willis

I am sorry to announce to the BAAL membership the sad news that Dave Willis passed away on Monday after a heart operation from which he never recovered.

Most of us have come into contact with Dave and his work at some point in his long and fruitful career, while he was a British Council officer, a researcher and teacher at the University of Birmingham, or more recently as a consultant giving talks and holding seminars world-wide. Dave was an innovative thinker who always maintained his link with pedagogy, and there can't be many in the field of ELT and Applied Linguistics who were not influenced by his ideas.

Professor Chris Kennedy, University of Birmingham

2012 BAAL Book Prize Winners

For the first time, we were unable to agree on an overall winner and so two titles were selected:

Many congratulations to both authors and publishers.

Steve Walsh, BAAL Publications Secretary

Applying Linguistics Fund Awards 2013

The BAAL Executive Committee is very pleased to announce that in 2013 the BAAL Applying Linguistics Activity Fund has awarded support to the following projects:

We would like to thank all those who applied to the fund in its inaugural year (there were 10 applications in total).

The next call for applications will be sent out to BAALmail and posted on the BAAL website in October 2013, with a deadline for applications of end of March 2014.

Further information about BAAL funding opportunities can be found at

Hilary Nesi, Committee Member

2012 Conference Proceedings Published

The proceedings of the 45th Annual Meeting of BAAL are available at

Christopher Brumfit International Scholarship

The Christopher Brumfit International Scholarship provides an award for an Applied Linguist from outside Britain to attend the BAAL Annual Meeting. Click here to find out how to support the scholarship.

Postgraduate Group on Facebook

The BAAL Postgraduate group is on Facebook. Why not pay a visit to the page? Click here to find out more.