14th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP) | 17-19 Dec 2024 | The Hong Kong Polytechnic University | Call for Proposals (deadline:31 May 2024)


We are pleased to announce the call for proposals for the 14th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP). ALAPP 2024 will be hosted by the Department of English and Communication at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 17th – 19th December, 2024. The Pre-ALAPP Masterclass is scheduled on 16 December, 2024.

ALAPP aims to bring together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds, especially language and communication research and professional domains (e.g., business, organization studies, education, banking, health care, therapy, journalism, law, social care and welfare, immigration and border control, police work, translation and interpreting) to share ideas and discuss innovations and interventions.

The proposal deadline is 31 May 2024.

ALAPP 2024 will feature the following plenary speakers:

Jonathan CRICHTON, University of South Australia, Australia
Janet HOLMES and Bernadette VINE, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Hans LADEGAARD, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

ALAPP 2024 is open to proposals that broadly fall within the scope of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice Studies. We welcome submissions on a wide range of themes, including:

•    Language, communication, and the professions
•    Institutions and professions
•    Expertise and professional practice
•    Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in professional contexts
•    Multimodality in professional practice
•    Professional practice, discourse, and the new media
•    Interpreting and translation in institutional/professional settings
•    Language awareness and reflexivity in the professions
•    Communication training for professionals
•    Professional practice and communication in the age of globalization
•    Glocalization and professional communication
•    Research Methodologies
•    Collaborative research across professional boundaries
•    Challenges in communicating research findings

We particularly welcome submissions on the following special themes:

•    Health care communication
•    Professional Corporate communication in the post-COVID era
•    Social Justice, communication, and professional practice
•    Impact and experience of migrant workers


Proposals include panels, individual presentations (oral or poster) and work-in-progress sessions.

Please visit the ALAPP 2024 website to upload your proposal. The submission for proposals opened on 1 March 2024.

For all submissions, clearly indicate:

•    Abstract title, author names, and full institutional affiliations of the responsible
(presenting) author and collaborating authors.
•    Contact e-mail address for the responsible author.
•    Up to three conference themes (feel free to indicate themes beyond the list above).

Click here for submission: https://events.polyu.edu.hk/alapp2024/proposalsubmission

1) PANELS (Click here for the template)

Panels should address a common theme, content or methodological area, and will be scheduled for 90 minutes or multiples of 90 minutes. A 90-minute panel usually includes 3 individual presentations.

Panel organizers should submit a) an overview description of no more than 300 words highlighting the panel’s content and objectives, including 3-5 keywords; b) an abstract of no more than 250 words for each individual presentation within the panel. Also provide information about the panel members and the coordinator, including full institutional affiliations and e-mail addresses.

2) INDIVIDUAL ORAL/POSTER PRESENTATIONS (Click here for the template)

Proposals for individual papers (no more than 250 words) must clearly indicate a preference for oral or poster presentation, and should include 3-5 keywords. Following the peer review process, the organisers will determine whether a proposal is selected for oral or poster presentation. Poster presenters must be present to discuss their work during the dedicated sessions. Oral presentations will typically be scheduled in sessions of 90 minutes, with 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation + 10 minutes for discussion) allocated to each individual presentation.

3) WORK-IN-PROGRESS (Click here for the template)

Proposals for work-in-progress should be no more than 250 words targeted at oral presentation, and should include 3-5 keywords. Individual presentations will be allocated 30 minutes (15 minutes for presentation + 15 minutes for discussion). This format is particularly suitable for early career researchers, postgraduate students, and experienced researchers undertaking/planning pilot projects or interested in reporting preliminary results. Please choose “oral presentation” as presentation type and indicate in the appropriate box if your proposal falls into this category.



All proposals, except panel proposals, undergo a double-blind peer-review process. For panels, the reviewers will have access to the names of the panel coordinators and the panellists.

Please note that the ALAPP conference policy is to include one main oral presentation per first-named author. You may choose to submit more than one proposal, but normally only one proposal will be accepted for oral presentation. Any additional accepted proposals may be presented as poster(s).

There is no fixed template for writing proposals but authors are urged to attend to the following criteria which will form the basis for peer review:

•    originality of the topic and its relevance to the conference
•    background contextualisation of the study
•    relationship between title and content
•    structural organisation
•    theoretical/methodological appropriateness
•    clarity of claims and relevance

Individual panels are reviewed in their entirety on the above criteria but also on the basis of their relevance to broader issues in applied linguistics and professional practice; the overall coherence of the proposal; and the usefulness of the panel to participants.

Decisions about acceptance/rejection will be communicated by mid-August 2024. Following formal acceptance, the responsible (presenting) authors must register participation prior to the finalisation of the conference programme. Early registration opens in mid-August 2024.


Please visit the ALAPP 2024 website for further details regarding submission guidelines or for additional information about the conference.

For enquiries about abstract submission or other queries, please contact the Local Organising Committee via email: alapp2024@polyu.edu.hk.

We are delighted to confirm that this will be an in-person event – we look forward to seeing you in Hong Kong! 

Eric Friginal

On behalf of the Local Organising Committee 
ALAPP 2024 @The Hong Kong Polytechnic University