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April 2023
Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the April 2023 issue of the AILA newsletter, and special greetings to all who celebrate Passover, Easter or Eid al-Fitr, all of which, unusually, fall in the course of the current month.

Recent and forthcoming events by affiliates and others in 2023 and 2024, onsite and virtual, include:

Anniversary World Congresses


Forthcoming Affiliates’ Conferences and Others

Date Event Venue
April 26-28, 2023 40th International Congress of the Spanish Association of Applied Linguistics (AESLA) Mérida, Spain
April 27-28, 2023 EAAL Conference 2023: Language: The User in Focus Tallinn, Estonia
April 27-29, 2023 The 5th International Conference of the Linguistic Society of the Philippines Iligan, Philippines
May 4-6, 2023 CCERBAL 2023 Conference Ottawa, Canada
May 19,
20th International Scientific Conference: "Language Acquisition: Problems and Perspective" Liepāja, Latvia
May 27-29, 2023 Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics (CAAL/ACLA) Annual Conference Toronto, Canada
June 2-4, 2023 JALTCALL 2023 Conference: CALLing the Future Kumamoto, Japan
June 15-17, 2023 International Association for World Englishes (IAWE 25) New York, USA
June 26-30, 2023 International Symposium on Bilingualism 14 – Diversity Now Sydney, Australia
June 28-30, 2023 Joint AELFE-LSPPC Conference Zaragoza, Spain
June 28-30, 2023 International Inter-association (History of Language Teaching) Conference Faro, Portugal
July 17-21, 2023 AILA 60th Anniversary World Congress Lyon 2023 Lyon, France
Aug 23-25, 2023 BAAL 2023 Conference York, England
Aug 29-31, 2023 The 62nd JACET International Convention Tokyo, Japan
Sept 5-6, 2023 The 3rd Malaysian Associaiton of Applied Linguistics International Conference (MAALIC 2023) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sept 20-22, 2023 GAL Annual Conference 2023 Mainz, Germany
Oct 13-14, 2023 2023 ALAK International Conference Jeju Island, South Korea
Nov 19-21, 2023 Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) Conference 2023 Wollongong, Australia
Nov 23-24, 2023 International Conference on Multilingual and Multicultural Learning: Policies and Practices 3 (MMLPP 3) Yerevan, Armenia
March 16-19, 2024 AAAL 2024 Conference Houston, USA
April 18-19, 2024 ASLA 2024 Falun, Sweden
Aug 11-16, 2024 AILA 60th Anniversary World Congress Kuala Lumpur 2024 Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia

Recent Events


ReN News

The AILA Research Network: English as a medium of education, multilingualism and the SDGs: equity, diversity and inclusion would like to highlight the following publication which features a collection of papers from AILA 2021:

Special Issue on Virtual Exchange:
Language Learning and Teaching in an Age of Complexity –
Selected Papers From AILA 2021

guest edited by Carolin Fuchs and Marina Orsini-Jones

This special issue draws from papers on Virtual Exchange (VE) or Telecollaboration or Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) presented at the AILA congress 2021, with the theme ‘The dynamics of language, communication and culture in a changing world’. AILA 2021 was hosted virtually by the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. One of the strands in the conference was the theme of VE/Telecollaboration or COIL. This special issue focuses on this topic and includes papers delivered at two VE-based symposia.

AILA Review

AILA Review invites applied linguistics scholars and practitioners to submit papers for the December 2023 open issue. Please send manuscripts to eeling.low@aila.info by 30 June 2023. More information can be found at https://benjamins.com/catalog/aila

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Historical Figures in Applied Linguistics

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 issue, we remember Pit Corder who was President of AILA from 1969 to 1972 and the first chair of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL). Pit held the post from 1967, the founding year, to 1970. The following links provide further information:
Stephen Pit Corder
Pit Corder. Image: Wikipedia/ CC licence

Open Accessible Summaries in Language Studies (OASIS)

New email service by OASIS Database

The OASIS database (https://oasis-database.org) aims to make research in language studies more accessible to practitioners, such as teachers and curriculum developers. They currently have over 1350 one-page summaries written in non-technical language freely available on the website. New summaries are added every week, including summaries of all new research articles appearing in Language Learning, TESOL Quarterly, The Modern Language Journal, and Studies in Second Language Acquisition.

To make it even easier to keep up with the latest research, their monthly newsletter is replaced with an automated weekly email containing links to new summaries. Two options are provided:
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UNESCO calls on countries to implement mother language-based education

On 21 February, International Mother Language Day, UNESCO calls on countries to pursue a policy of multilingual education. The Organization advises that children be taught in their mother tongue during the earliest years of their schooling, which can be combined with the official language of instruction, an approach known as multilingual education.

Read the full text here.

Job Opening

Position in Applied Linguistics beginning on June 1st 2023. The official job ad is in German.

Here is a brief overview:
Subject: English; Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition
University or Organization: Karlsruhe University of Education
Department: Language Learning Centre & Institute for Multilingualism
Job Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
Job Title: Research & Teaching Faculty Member, Manager of the Language Learning Centre
Specialty Areas: English Applied Linguistics, Second / Foreign Language Acquisition, English Didactics, Psychological aspects of language learning
Required Language(s): English (teaching), German (administration)

The application deadline is May 5th 2023.
With best wishes,

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