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 and will be recommending its endorsement to the ALAA membership at our next General Business Meeting.

ALAA Conference 2016

The 2016 Conference of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) will be held at the Caulfield campus, Monash University, Melbourne, 5-7 December 2016.

The conference theme is Making Connections and a Call for Papers will be circulated shortly, with a deadline of 1 June.

The conference is being planned in association with the Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society (ALS) on 7-9 December 2016, with a joint ALAA-ALS day on Wednesday 5 December. 

Visit the Conference website...

Inquiries can be directed to the Conference convenor, Robyn Spence-Brown.


2014 ALAA Travel Scholarships

Andy Kirkpatrick, ALAA President, with Rosmawati, winner of an ALAA Travel Scholarship, at the AILA Conference, Brisbane

The winners of 2014 ALAA scholarships: Yvonne Chi, Fiona Willans, Rosmawati, Janica Nordstrom, Adan Ajsic and Hyeseung Jeong

Contact us: For further information about ALAA, please email