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October 2022
Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the third issue of the AILA newsletter, 2022.

Recent events include the AILA EBIC meeting held on 7-8 August 2022 in Kuala Lumpur / virtually. Highlights of the meeting can be found here.

The site visit for the 2024 AILA Anniversary World Congress at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre took place prior to the meeting. Pictures:

Forthcoming events by affiliates in 2022 and 2023, onsite and virtual, include:

AILA Affiliated Conferences

Date Event Venue
Oct 1, 2022 2022 ALAK International Conference & AILA East-Asia Forum Hybrid, Korea
Oct 27-29, 2022 AFinLAn syyssymposium 2022 Helsinki, Finland
Nov 5, 2022 TAAL Applied Linguistics Graduate Forum Thailand
Nov 6-11, 2022 13th Conference of Brazilian Applied Linguistics (CBLA) Online, Brazil
Nov 25-27, 2022 ALANZ-ALAA-ALTAANZ Conference 2022 – Applied Linguistics in the Asia-Pacific Region Wellington, New Zealand
March 18-21, 2023 AAAL 2023 Conference Portland, Oregon
May 4-6, 2023 CCERBAL 2023 Conference Ottawa, Canada
May 27-29, 2023 Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics (CAAL/ACLA) Annual Conference Toronto, Canada
June 26-30, 2023 International Symposium on Bilingualism 14 – Diversity Now Sydney, Australia
July 17-21, 2023 AILA 60th Anniversary World Congress Lyon 2023 Lyon, France
Aug 11-16, 2024 AILA 60th Anniversary World Congress Kuala Lumpur 2024 Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia

Research & Publications

In terms of research and publications, AILA has two outlets, AILA Review and the AILA Applied Linguistics Book Series. AILA Review is the Scopus-indexed Journal focusing on cutting-edge research by research networks of AILA, the International Association of Applied Linguistics. See: https://aila.info/research/aila-review/invitation-for-proposals/

For those looking to propose book publications, the AILA Applied Linguistics Series (AALS) aims at representing the field in its diversity. As an official publication of AILA, the series include contributors from different geographical and linguistic backgrounds. See: https://aila.info/research/aila-book-series/

Pioneers in AILA

Gerhard Nickel
As we approach 60 years of AILA, it is appropriate to recall the founders of the Association and others who played a key role in AILA’s early days. In this newsletter, we remember Gerhard Nickel who was Secretary General for two terms, 1972 to 1975 and 1975 to 1978. In 1969, he founded the German Association of Applied Linguistics (GAL) and defined its goals over the many years when he served as President. Gerhard was editor-in-chief of the International Review of Applied Linguistics (IRAL). During his long term as a member of the Executive Board of AILA, he held advisory functions for educational policy institutions such as the COUNCIL OF EUROPE and UNESCO.

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AILA’s ties with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) go back a long way. Recently, AILA endorsed the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) contributing to raising awareness of social issues among applied linguists. UNESCO leads the implementation of the International Decade of Indigenous languages 2022-2032. ‘The International Decade aims at ensuring indigenous peoples’ right to preserve, revitalize and promote their languages, and maintaining linguistic diversity and multilingualism aspects into the sustainable development efforts’. See: https://idil2022-2032.org
With best wishes,

Professor Azirah Hashim
President, International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA)