Call for Future BAAL Conferences

If you are interested in hosting the BAAL annual conference, please submit a detailed host bid addressing all the points in the check-list (see below). In addition to the host bid, send the BAAL Meetings Secretary a detailed breakdown of predicted incomings and outgoings, in two versions: a) for university venue and accommodation, b) for hotel/conference venue and accommodation. Examples of a host bid and breakdown of costs are available on request.


Please send your host bid to the Meetings Secretary.

Checklist of requirements

BAAL 2016 Conference

49th Annual meeting

1st-3rd September 2016

Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Taking stock of Applied Linguistics – Where are we now?

Keynote Speakers

S. Pit Corder Lecture:

At the time of the Annual Meeting of BAAL in 2016 we will be one and a half decades into the new millennium. The new millennium brought many trends and changes in applied linguistics, for example the increasing use of interdisciplinary approaches in the field, interest in corpus-based studies, the use of new media as data sources and as new environments of communication – which in turn developed new ways of communicating and influenced language. At the same time, processes that have started in the old millennium are continuing to develop and influence the field, such as globalisation, migration and its implications on how languages are used. Looking at the past and present, and understanding the developments of the field, will enable us to move confidently into the future, and to continue to make valuable contributions to society.

Call for Papers

BAAL 2015 Conference

48th Annual Meeting:

Breaking Theory: New directions in applied linguistics

3rd-5th September 2015

Aston University, Birmingham

Call for Papers

BAAL 2015 will be held at Aston University in the heart of Birmingham. It is organised by CfL (Centre for Forensic Linguistics), CLERA (Centre for Language Education Research at Aston) and InterLanD (Interdisciplinary Research into Language and Diversity) and hosted by the School of Languages and Social Sciences.

Aston is ideally situated for all the Second City has to offer in culture, shopping and entertainment. You can listen to world-class music at Symphony Hall, explore a unique collection of Pre-Raphaelite art at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and enjoy classic and contemporary drama at the newly-refurbished Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Or why not visit the recently-opened Library of Birmingham, voted Britain's favourite new building? Birmingham is famous for its Bull Ring Shopping Centre, and home to exciting markets and the dazzling Jewellery Quarter. It has a great food scene, including the Balti Triangle and a wide range of eating options in the beautiful canal area. Conference accommodation is in the new Aston Conference Centre, within easy reach of all the conference events. We promise a memorable social programme to include our gala dinner at Aston Villa football ground and entertainment with a regional flavour.

Plenary Speakers

Professor Adrian Blackledge, University of Birmingham, UK

Professor Angela Creese, University of Birmingham, Uk

Professor Penelope Eckert, Stanford University, USA

Professor Rick Iedema, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Local Organising Committee

Dr Fiona Copland (

Dr Erika Darics (  

Professor Tim Grant (

BAAL 2014 Conference

47th Annual Meeting:

Learning, Working and Communicating in a Global Context

4th-6th September 2014

University of Warwick, Coventry

Programme for Conference

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.

Plenary speakers

Suresh Canagarajah, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Michael Haugh, Griffith University, Australia

Local Organising Committee

Dr Jo Angouri (

Ms Tilly Harrison (

Dr Stephanie Schnurr (

Dr Sue Wharton. (

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