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December 2023
Dear friends and colleagues,

Warmest best wishes to all and welcome to the December 2023 newsletter. Let those in northern climes take heart: the winter solstice is upon us and the days will soon be getting longer!

In the meantime, there is bound to be something for everyone to look forward to in the list of forthcoming events by affiliates in 2024 both onsite and virtually. I would mention in particular AILA 2024, the 60th Anniversary World Congress.

Forthcoming Affiliates’ Conferences and other

Date Event Venue
Feb 12-13, 2024 VALS-ASLA Conference 2024 Bern, Switzerland
Feb 21-23, 2024 XXIV AItLA International Congress Pavia, Italy
March 16-19, 2024 AAAL 2024 Conference Houston, USA
April 17-19, 2024 The 41st International Congress of the Spanish Association of Applied Linguistics (AESLA) Valencia, Spain
April 18-19, 2024 ASLA 2024 Falun, Sweden
April 18-19, 2024 Estonian Association of Applied Linguistics (ERÜ) Conference 2024 Tallinn, Estonia
June 6-7, 2024 The 10th Anéla Conference: Applied linguistics across borders Ghent, Belgium
June 12-14, 2024 Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics (CAAL/ACLA) Annual Conference Montreal, Canada
June 20-24, 2024 The 16th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics (16-ICAL) Manila, Philippines
Aug 11-16, 2024 AILA 60th Anniversary World Congress Kuala Lumpur 2024 Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia
Aug 28-30, 2024 The 63rd JACET International Convention Nagoya, Japan
AILA 2024: 60th Anniversary World Congress,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
August 11-16, 2024

Recent Affiliates’ Conferences
News from ALAA (Applied Linguistics Association of Australia)

November was a busy month for ALAA, the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia. From 19-21 November 2023, the association held its annual conference at the University of Wollongong to explore and celebrate Resilience, creativity, and innovation in Applied Linguistics. The conference was mainly a face-to-face event with around 300 Australian and international delegates, but those who did not make it in person could join the plenaries online. The plenaries and colloquium sessions are currently freely available here: ALAA Conference 2023 Keynote and Colloquium Recordings. Next year’s ALAA will be held at the University of Tasmania in Launceston.

Just a week later, from November 28 - 30, 20, Hanoi University, Vietnam, and the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) hosted the first international conference Asia-Pacific Conference in Applied Linguistics (APCAL) “Applied Linguistics - Transformative Trends in the Asia-Pacific Region”. 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Vietnam, and ALAA’s support for this conference might well pave the way for Vietnam joining the AILA community in the not too distant future. The President of Hanoi University, Associate Professor Van-Trao Nguyen, and Professor Elke Stracke, President of ALAA, jointly chaired this hybrid conference, which attracted more than 600 delegates from Vietnam and overseas, who gathered to discuss future visions for and aspirations of applied linguistics in Asia-Pacific contexts.
Photo from APCAL 2023 closing ceremony, Hanoi University, Hanoi, Vietnam, 30 November 2023
Photo from APCAL 2023 closing ceremony, Hanoi University, Hanoi, Vietnam, 30 November 2023
Click photo above to watch a short video filmed during APCAL 2023

ReN News

Research Networks (ReNs) seek to promote research and its dissemination in all academic areas covered by AILA, with a particular focus on areas with potential for new cross-disciplinary research. The ReNs facilitate regional and inter-regional networking leading to more joint engagements and exchanges.

Below is a report on the ReN ‘English as a Medium of Education, Multilingualism and the SDGs: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’.

AILA Review

AILA review is the Scopus indexed journal of AILA that is published by John Benjamins. AILA Review invites applied linguistic scholars and practitioners to submit proposals for a thematic issue, which addresses socially relevant problems in which language learning, research, and practice play a key role. Proposals for thematic issues should include (1) the title of the proposed issue, (2) the purpose of the proposed issue and its relevance, (3) the table of contents, and (4) 300-word abstracts of all papers included, along with author name(s) and affiliation(s). Depending on the guest editor(s)' preference, each issue should contain 6–8 articles, which will normally each be of 10,000 (8 articles) to 15,000 words (6 articles) in length, including tables and figures. This should be sent by e-mail to eeling.low@aila.info and more information can be found at https://benjamins.com/catalog/aila.

Access for AILA Members is free. You can access the issues here.

AILA Archive

We are currently compiling materials for the AILA Archive and plan to digitise bulletins and newsletters that will be accessible to members. I would like to acknowledge with thanks receipt of the AILA archive belonging to the late Professor Marc Spoelders, University of Ghent, that has been kindly donated by his widow, Anne-Marie Cotton. Marc was AILA President from 1993 to 1996 and Secretary General from 1987 to 1993.

The following items are still missing, and we would like to request copies specifically of these (along with any other AILA-related materials, e.g. books of conference abstracts).
  • AILA News vols. 1, 2, 3, 4(1), 4(2), 5(2), 5(3), 6(2), 7(1), 7(2), 8(2), 8(3), 10(2), 11(1)
  • AILA Bulletin nos. 18, 21, 24, 31, 33
  • AILA Review vols. 14, 15
  • Any publications (e.g. books of abstracts) or other documents relating to the following World Congresses:
    • 1981 – Lund, Sweden
    • 2002 – Singapore
    • 2005 - Wisconsin, USA
    • 2008 - Essen, Germany
    • 2011 - Beijing, China
If anyone has copies of these that they would be willing to donate to the AILA Archive, please contact Professor Richard Smith: R.C.Smith@warwick.ac.uk

Please send materials to Professor Richard Smith, Department of Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, United Kingdom.

UNESCO and Council of Europe

AILA’s relations with the United Nations and the Council of Europe go back a long way. AILA promotes the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) contributing to raising awareness of social issues among applied linguists. Herewith a report by UNESCO on the High-Level Policy Forum on Multilingual Education which endorsed ‘Bangkok Priorities for Action’. Government officials from Asia-Pacific countries call for acceleration of multilingual education for learning recovery and transformation in the region.

And some news from the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe on 'Putting language education on the political agenda: a new Council of Europe Recommendation on the importance of plurilingual and intercultural education for democratic culture'.
Season’s greetings, especially to those colleagues and friends who will be celebrating Christmas, and let us hope and pray for peace above all. With best wishes for the new year.

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