Applied Linguistics Association of Australia


The Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) is the national organisation for applied linguistics in Australia. ALAA aims to provide leadership in applied linguistics and supports the development of teaching, learning and research in the field. ALAA includes national and international members and is affiliated with the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée (AILA).

ALAA’s activities include:

promotion of research and teaching in applied linguistics

support for public development of policy in relation to language issues

hosting an annual conference

producing the journal Australian Review of Applied Linguistics

providing scholarships for student research in applied linguistics

joint sponsorship of the Australian Linguistics Institute with the Australian Linguistic Society

advocating on members behalf to government and other bodies

The ALAA Executive unanimously supports the Guidelines for Communication of Rights of non Native Speakers of English in Australia, England and Wales, and the USA.

ALAA Conference 2018

Engaging diversity: Creating connections and building knowledge

26th - 28th November 2018

University of Wollongong


We are pleased to announce that THE CALL FOR PAPERS for the ALAA2018 is now open. Proposals for papers, workshops/colloquia, posters and lightning talks can be submitted through the conference website:

The Applied Linguistics landscape is rapidly changing due to the diversity of social, political and educational issues. The theme of the conference – Engaging Diversity: Creating Connections and Building Knowledge – provides a forum for discussing how the discipline can respond effectively to the challenges and opportunities afforded in local and global contexts. A pre-conference Pronunciation Symposium will be held on 25th November 2018.

We look forward to welcoming you in Wollongong in November 2018.

Submission Information

Conference abstracts are to be submitted online through the conference website, following the submission guidelines:

*Please note that abstracts for the Pronunciation Symposium are to be submitted separately to

Deadline for submission: 15th April 2018.



2016 ALAA Travel Scholarships

Honglin Chen, ALAA President, with Hiromi Nishioka, winner of an ALAA Travel Scholarship, at the ALAA Conference, Melbourne

The winner of the MAK Halliday scholarship: Naoki Ikeda; and the winners of 2016 ALAA scholarships: Sally Chan, Hiromi Nishioka, and Manh Duc Le

Congratulations also to Dr Fiona O'Neill (UniSA) for winning the Michael Clyne prize for best postgraduate research, for her study: Multilingual professionals' experience of moving between their languages and cultures: A narrative inquiry.

Contact us: For further information about ALAA, please email