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57th Annual Conference of the British Association for Applied Linguistics




Applied linguistics in contemporary contexts: 

practices, approaches and future directions





University of Essex


Deadline for receipt of Abstracts: April 10th 2024




The call for papers for the 57th Annual Conference of the British Association for Applied Linguistics is now open.


BAAL 2024 will be hosted by the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex on the 5th, 6th and 7th September 2024. Our conference theme is Applied linguistics in contemporary contexts: practices, approaches and future directions and is an invitation to explore and discuss what applied linguistics has to offer in terms of understanding contemporary issues and challenges. The theme is an opportunity for us to reflect on the changing practices and approaches that contemporary contexts require us to adapt to, as well as looking to the future to explore what roles we see applied linguistics playing in our increasingly interdisciplinary worlds. We particularly encourage submissions that engage with multilingualism, the role of applied linguistics in interdisciplinary research, social justice, and advancing technologies in social, education and workplace contexts. 


Our keynote speakers are:

·    Professor Uju Anja, Carnegie Mellon University

·    Professor Rodney Jones, University of Reading

·    Professor Bonny Norton, University of British Columbia

·    Professor Julia Snell, University of Leeds


New to the conference this year is a final discussion panel where our invited speakers will reflect on the key the key themes and conversations of the conference. Our invited panellists are: 

·    Professor Kristina Hultgren, The Open University

·    Professor Nancy Kula, University of Leiden 

·    Professor Constant Leung, King’s College London

·    Dr Colin Reilly, University of Stirling


We are inviting abstracts for the following contributions:

·    Poster presentations

·    Individual presentations for parallel sessions (25 minutes including questions)

·    Individual presentations for a Special Interest Group (SIG) track (25 minutes including questions)

·    Workshops (60 minutes)

·    Proposed Colloquia (120 minutes)


Deadline for receipt of Abstracts: April 10th 2024 


To submit your abstract please use Oxford Abstracts using the following link:

If it is your first time to use Oxford Abstracts, please note that you will need to register to submit your abstract.


·    Workshops should be designed as practical skills sessions and be participatory in nature. 

·    Formats for colloquia are flexible and can be decided by the proposers. They may consist of thematically related conventional presentations, shorter flash-talks, discussion sessions. Please only submit one abstract per colloquium.


Maximum abstract length – 300 words for Posters, Presentations and Workshops and 500 words for Colloquia. 



BAAL Currently has 17 Special Interest Groups (SIGS) and they are:


·    Corpus Linguistics

·    Health and Science Communication

·    Intercultural communication

·    Language and New Media

·    Language in Africa

·    Language, Learning and Teaching

·    Language Policy

·    Language, Gender and Sexuality

·    LEF (Linguistic Ethnography Forum)

·    LKALE (Linguistics and Knowledge about Language in Education)

·    Multilingualism

·    PAWBL Professional, Academic and Work-based Literacies   

·    Research Synthesis in Applied Linguistics

·    Social Justice for Language Education

·    Testing, Evaluation and Assessment (TEA)

·    Vocabulary

·    Language Curriculum