47th Annual Meeting:
University of Warwick, Coventry
Learning, Working and Communicating in a Global Context
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-
Ms Tilly Harrison,
Dr Stephanie Schnurr,
Dr Sue Wharton.
Opening New Lines of Communication in Applied Linguistics
Dr Bernadette O'Rourke
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.
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-
Professor Pauline Foster, St Mary's University College Twickenham
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Martin Lamb, LLT SIG
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-
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
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
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-
Professor Chris Kennedy, University of Birmingham
Deadline: 30 December 2013
I am pleased to announce that the call for submissions to the BAAL 2013 Conference Proceedings is now open. Please send an extended abstract of up to 4000 words (including references) to Steve Walsh at email@example.com. The deadline for submission is December 30 2013. Please see the style guidelines for further details.
Steve Walsh, Publications Secretary
Deadline for applications: 31 March 2014
The BAAL Applying Linguistics Fund supports members by offering up to £10,000 for carrying out activities which link research and application. Applications are invited from full or student members of BAAL. Funded activities can take place in the UK or overseas.
The fund will be available for a single activity or a series of connected activities that bring BAAL members (including students) together with research users (e.g. policy makers, teachers, companies, lawyers, police, community groups, health workers).
Examples of activities might include:
Activities will take place between June 2014 and May 2015.
Successful applicants will be required to produce a short report of 1000 words for the BAAL website and the BAAL conference on completion of the activities.
Criteria for selecting proposals:
You may apply for the full amount of £10, 000 or for smaller amounts depending on the scale of your activity. In any one year there will be a fixed amount of £10,000 available.
Funding applications should not exceed four A4 pages and applicants must show how their application meets the criteria. The lead applicant should also enclose a summary CV of no more than one page.
Please note, applicants must specify any existing funds already received or applied for which relate to their application.
Please send applications to: Dr Maria Leedham (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject header 'Applying Linguistics fund'.
Decisions will be made by the Executive Committee at its meeting in May 2014.
Please note that the fund cannot cover research costs directly associated with dissertation or thesis work, and student members should include a supervisor statement confirming compliance with this.
Maria Leedham, Applying Linguistics Fund Coordinator
I would like to invite all publishers to participate in the 2013 BAAL Book Prize competition (click here for details). I look forward to receiving your nominations by 30 December 2013. Please send four copies of each entry plus an administration fee of £35 per entry to: Steve Walsh, Professor of Applied Linguistics,School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University, NEWCASTLE, NE1 7RU.
The shortlist will be announced on the BAAL webpages and, as usual, the winner will be announced at the Annual Conference, which will be held at the University of Warwick, September 2014. Please get in touch with me if you need any further assistance with the procedure. I very much hope that you will continue to extend your support as in previous years. Please feel free to offer any feedback you may have with regard to the administration of the BAAL Book Prize.
Steve Walsh. Publications Secretary
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
The latest round of nominations to the Academy of Social Sciences included two BAAL members among the new Academicians:
David Block, Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats, Universitat de Lleida
Professor Block has been instrumental in reorienting research on language learning
to consider social factors of learner identity, social class, and the lived experience
of teachers and learners. His work is informed by engagement with post-
Professor Constant Leung, Department of Education & Professional Studies, King's College London
Professor Leung has played a major role in the development in the UK and internationally of the teaching of English as an Additional Language (EAL), that is, the education of students whose home language is not English. He has had extensive experience of teaching, administering, and assessing language programmes, and brings this experience to his research and practice in the study of issues of policy, pedagogy and curriculum in relation to linguistic minority students. Part of his impact is in developing networks with academics and professionals in the UK and in many other countries
On behalf of BAAL, I offer them both our congratulations.
Greg Myers, BAAL Chair
BAAL, with many other linguistics organisations, has become increasingly concerned by the approach taken by the ALCAB Group to the revision of A level studies. Recent correspondence has indicated that English Language has been dropped as a facilitating subject, creating a serious gap in the sixth form curriculum. If this is carried through, we could become one of a handful of countries in the World which does not consider English to be a key subject.
Representatives of five linguistics organisations have written to ALCAB to express our concerns, and a copy of the letter can be read here.
I will keep you informed of developments.
Greg Myers, BAAL Chair
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 http://www.baal.org.uk/funding.html
Hilary Nesi, Committee Member
The proceedings of the 45th Annual Meeting of BAAL are available at http://www.baal.org.uk/confprocs.html
Click here for the latest available issue: BAAL News, Issue 103, Spring 2013.
Sebastian Rasinger, Newsletter Editor
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.
The BAAL Postgraduate group is on Facebook. Why not pay a visit to the page? Click here to find out more.