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.

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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.


Agenda for AGM 2016

The Annual General Meeting of BAAL will be held on Friday the 2nd September at 4.30pm-5.30pm at Anglia Ruskin University as part of the annual conference. The meeting will take place in room 026 of the Lord Ashcroft Building (LAB) and will be followed by the CUP wine reception. The draft agenda for this meeting can be found here. Officers’ reports for the AGM can be found here.

Minutes for AGM 2015  

The draft minutes for the AGM in September 2015 are available here. Members who plan to attend the AGM can read these in advance of the meeting.

2016 EC elections

There will be three Ordinary Member posts coming up for election in September. Six officer posts will also become available (note – current post holders are able to stand for re-election in some of these cases):

Nominations for candidates to stand for election to the above posts will be accepted until midday on 2nd September, the day of the AGM in Anglia Ruskin, and the election (if more than one candidate stands) will take place at 5pm. For this, candidates will need to prepare a short statement giving a brief biography and highlighting the contribution they could make to the BAAL committee. If you are interested in putting yourself forward for these posts and cannot attend the conference, please contact Dawn Knight:

Dawn Knight, BAAL Secretary

BAAL Book Prize 2016

A total of 14 books were received from 10 publishers.

Each book was anonymously reviewed by two reviewers and a short-list drawn up as follows:

The winner will be announced at the 2016 BAAL meeting at Anglia Ruskin University on Thursday evening 1st September.

Leftover copies of the books submitted will be sent to the British Council for distribution to libraries in developing countries. The shortlist has been placed on the BAAL web-pages.

Bernie O'Rourke, Publications Secretary

REF Consultation 2016

The official BAAL response to the REF consultation for 2016 is given here, for your attention.

Tess Fitzpatrick, BAAL Chair

2015 Conference Proceedings Published

The proceedings of the 48th Annual Meeting of BAAL, Taking Stock of Applied Linguistics: Where are we now?, held at Anglia-Ruskin University, Cambridge, are available on the conference proceedings page.

2014 BAAL/CUP Seminar Proceedings Published

The proceedings of the 2014 BAAL/CUP seminar, Learning and Teaching for Right to Left Scripted Languages: realities and possibilities, held at Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett University), are available on the BAAL/CUP Seminars page.

Death of Alan Waters

I am very sad to have to let you know that Alan Waters, who is known to many of you, died suddenly on 22nd July.

Alan worked for many years in Lancaster University's Institute for English Language Education and then joined the Department of Linguistics and English Language in 2001. His specialism was Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He held positions in several countries before coming to Lancaster (Sierra Leone, Kuwait and Thailand), ran courses in many other parts of the world and acted as a consultant to several major ELT development projects. His publications include Interface (Longman), ESP: A Learning-centred Approach, Study Tasks in English (both Cambridge University Press), A Review of Research into Needs for English for Academic Purposes (ETS), two edited volumes of papers and many journal articles. He retired in 2012 and continued to maintain an interest in TEFL while pursuing his other passions, which included particularly opera and hill-walking.

We remember him as absolutely dedicated to his students, and as a caring and generous colleague. He will be mourned not just in Lancaster, but around the world.

Professor Elena Semino, Lancaster University

BAAL passes 1,000 members milestone!

I am pleased to announce that BAAL has now passed the 1000 member milestone, and free year’s membership has been granted to Lesley Randles and Alicja Okoniewska, the 999th and 1000th members to join. A warm welcome to them both, and to all the members who have recently joined BAAL.

I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that the 2016 BAAL conference will take place at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, on 1-3 September. For details see the conference website at

Tess Fitzpatrick, BAAL Chair

New Good Practice Recommendations

I am writing to let you know that a new edition of the BAAL ‘Recommendations of Good Practice in Applied Linguistics’ is now available on the BAAL webpages, under ‘Good Practice Guide 2016’ at The document is intended to offer guidance to the membership on the ethical conduct of their research and scholarship, and on their relations with the wider community.

This document has been produced by Svenja Adolphs, Jo Angouri, Tilly Harrison, Jai Mackenzie and Diane Potts. While it follows the same format as previous editions, it contains a substantial amount of new and updated material.

I would like to acknowledge the hard work of the five authors named above – and of their predecessors who worked on versions 1 and 2 of this document, back in 1994 and 2006.

Tess Fitzpatrick, BAAL Chair

BAAL News No. 109

Click here for the latest available issue: BAAL News, Issue 109, 2016.

Bettina Beinhoff, Newsletter Editor

BAAL/Routledge Workshop: Language and identity in law and evidence

Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus

Monday 19th September 2016

Organisers: Dr David Wright and Dr Natalie Braber

For programme & registration, click here.

BAAL/Routledge Workshop: Expectations of and on international students in UK HE

16 September 2016

Organisers: Khawla Badwan & Lou Harvey


BAAL 2016 Conference Registration

I’m happy to inform you that the registration for BAAL 2016 to be held in Anglia Ruskin University this summer is now open. For more information please visit our website or follow us on social media:


Twitter: @baal2016aru

Alex Ho-Cheong Leung, on behalf of the LOC

BAAL Health & Science Communication SIG Workshop

Experiences of illness and death: Learning from the discourses of realities and fictions

28 November 2016

Hosted by the Faculty of Well-being, Education and Language Studies, The Open University, Milton Keynes.

For details, click here.

New BAAL Twitter Handle

1) After some careful thought and deliberation, we've updated BAAL's Twitter handle from @BAALmedia to @__BAAL (two underscores at the start), primarily to reflect the fact that our tweets are not just aimed at media audiences, but also to make our username as short as we can in keeping with the constraints of the platform. (We wanted just @BAAL, but as you can probably imagine, this was taken years ago.)

2) Do mention @__BAAL when tweeting about BAAL-supported events or news, and where appropriate, we'll retweet/respond.

3) In the event that the change has catastrophic unintended consequences, we've retained the old @BAALmedia handle. I intend to monitor it for a few months so that I can steer anyone who uses the old handle back to the new one. (This is just a heads up in case anyone notices and wonders if that account is fraudulent. It's not.)

Dr Claire Hardaker Media Coordinator

BAAL LLT SIG Conference

Creativity in Language Learning and Teaching Research

Friday 23 September 2016

The Open University, Milton Keynes

Invited Plenary Speakers

Prof Martyn Hammersley and Prof Teresa Cremin

Click here for details.

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

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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