BAAL 2016 Conference

49th Annual meeting

1st-3rd September 2016

Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge


Taking stock of Applied Linguistics – Where are we now?

Conference Organisers

Bettina Beinhoff

BAAL 2015 Conference

48th Annual meeting

3rd-5th September 2015

Aston University, Birmingham


Breaking Theory:

New directions

in applied linguistics

Conference Organisers

Dr Fiona Copland

Dr Erika Darics

Professor Tim Grant

BAAL 2014 Conference

47th Annual Meeting:

4th-6th September 2014

University of Warwick, Coventry


Learning, Working and Communicating in a Global Context

Conference Organisers:

Dr Jo Angouri,

Ms Tilly Harrison,

Dr Stephanie Schnurr,

Dr Sue Wharton.

BAAL Committee

History of BAAL

Help with this site

Calls for Papers

Other Linguistics News

University Council of General and Applied Linguistics

Committee for Linguistics In Education

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 AGM

6 May 2016, University of East London.

Click here for details.

Goodith White, SIG Secretary

e-seminar on the language of online reviews

The BAAL Language and New Media SIG in affiliation with Discourse, Context & Media will be reading Camilla Vasquez’s recent paper. Click here for details.

Annual conference of the BAAL Language Learning and Teaching SIG

Crossing Boundaries: Language Learning and Teaching Inside and Outside the Classroom

30th of June -1st of July 2016

Hosted by the Department of Linguistics and English Language,

Lancaster University

Click here for further details.

The conference organizers: Marije Michel, Jenefer Philp and Judit Kormos

BAAL TEA SIG 2016 Conference

BAAL TEA SIG is holding a one-day conference on Friday 11 March 2016, 10:00 - 16:45 at University of Reading, UK, on the theme of Assessment for learning and assessment of learning: Incommensurate paradigms or complementary perspectives?

Click here for details.

Alan Davies dies

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Alan Davies, Professor Emeritus of Applied Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, where he taught and researched in Applied Linguistics from the inception of the field in 1957. Alan was Chair of BAAL from 1976-79 (the third Chair, following Pit Corder and Peter Strevens). He was also the inaugural Director of the Language Testing Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, where he spent altogether 5 years in the early 1990s. Alan was a towering figure in the field of language testing, in particular in the testing of English for specific purposes and English for academic purposes. His critical questioning of the logic of fashionable approaches to language testing enlivened the field throughout his career. Alan also had broad sociolinguistic interests, and wrote extensively on the status of the native speaker in Applied Linguistics. The breadth of his reading in a range of fields including literature, history and philosophy as well as linguistics gave his writing great depth and a richness of reference. Alan was an indefatigable worker, actively involved in academic pursuits until the last. The students he supervised from all over the world testify to his loyalty and his encouragement of their research and their careers. Alan served as editor of the journals Applied Linguistics and Language Testing and as President of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA); he was the first person to win the Cambridge/ILTA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. A British Council-sponsored lecture in his name is given at the annual Language Testing Research Colloquium. Alan will be greatly missed by all who had the good fortune to associate with him over his long career.

Cathie Elder


I have recently joined the AILA Executive Board as a Member at Large (aka Ordinary Member), and the International Committee as the BAAL representative. You will probably notice that I have started forwarding information about conferences and so on from other AILA affiliates. People sometimes ask 'What does AILA do for us?', so here are a few nuggets of information about AILA that you might find useful:

The AILA website is The list of Executive Board members is here.

Most people know AILA through its Congresses, which take place every three years. The next AILA Congress will be held in Rio de Janeiro, 23-28 July 2017. There is a discount for BAAL members attending the AILA Congress.

AILA also supports two major publications.

An important part of AILA's activity is the Research Networks (ReNs). These are international networks of individuals interested in particular research topics (a bit like the BAAL SIGs). A full list of current ReNs can be found here: Please note that any member of BAAL can join an existing ReN by contacting the convenor. If you are interested in proposing a new ReN, there is information on how to do that here:

As a member of BAAL, you are also a member of AILA - this is our way of engaging with a worldwide network of colleagues.

Professor Susan Hunston, BAAL Representative at AILA

BAAL 2015 Conference: Proceedings Call for Papers

Presenters at the 48th BAAL Annual Meeting held at Aston University, Birmingham are invited to submit papers for the forthcoming edited volume on the above theme. The collection will be edited by Martin Edwardes, Tilly Harrison and Ursula Lanvers and will be published by BAAL. The text of individual papers should not exceed 5,000 words (excluding references). The closing date for submission is Thursday 31st December 2015.

Please read the authors' guidelines before submission.

Please send an electronic version of your text to:

BAAL Book Prize: 2015 Winner

The winner of this year’s BAAL Book Prize is:

Congratulations also to the shortlisted works:

Bernadette O’Rourke, Publications Secretary

2014 Conference Proceedings Published

The proceedings of the 47th Annual Meeting of BAAL, Learning, Working and Communicating in a Global Context, held at the University of Warwick, are available on the conference proceedings page.

Join the Language in Africa SIG

Language in Africa is now a thriving SIG, though our membership is relatively small. Our annual meetings are well attended by academics and post-graduate students from African and other countries, as well as the UK. We have two reviews of Research in Progress in Language Teaching: "Reading in African Languages: Developing literacies and reading methodologies" (April 2015), and "Language in Education in sub-Saharan Africa" (July 2015), and we have an offer of publication of the proceedings of this year's Annual Meeting.

We would like to welcome more members to the SIG. Although our focus is on Africa, BAAL members who work / research in developing countries elsewhere have found our presentations to be very relevant - especially in areas such as language policy and planning, and education. Indeed, the basic issues are hardly different in the UK - especially with growing consciousness of bilingualism and multilingualism.

Almost a third of the world's living languages are spoken in Africa (Lewis et al 2015) and societal multilingualism has a deep history. With the standardisation of languages for education, growth of cities, and rise of technology and social media, language contact and language death, hybridity and superdiversity are, as elsewhere, highly significant features.

Please contact Annette Islei, secretary, at to register your interest.

Ross Graham, Convener, & Annette Islei, Secretary, LiF SIG

BAAL News No. 106

Click here for the latest available issue: BAAL News, Issue 106, Winter 2014.

Sebastian Rasinger, Newsletter Editor

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

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.


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