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Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the December 2021 AILA Newsletter. Even if the pandemic has again dashed our hopes for a speedy return to normality, let us not be discouraged for, as the ancient all-purpose wisdom reminds us: this too shall pass. And, in the meantime, we have lots of interesting activity to engage us, as we set out below.

This is the first newsletter since the new board was elected. Accordingly, I am delighted to introduce the new members for the 2021 to 2024 term. I wish all the new colleagues every fulfilment and success in their roles and look forward to working closely with them.

As to recent events, these included, most significantly, the 19th World Congress of Applied Linguistics that took place virtually from August 15 to August 20, 2021. It was successfully organised under the auspices of ANéLA, the Dutch applied linguistics affiliation. See the report here.

It was announced at the World Congress that to celebrate AILA’s 60th anniversary in 2024, and to mark its outreach to different regions of the world, the AILA 60th Anniversary World Congress Lab will take place from 2023 to 2025.

Venues are: Lyon 2023; Kuala Lumpur 2024; and, tbc, 2025.

In view of the changed circumstances brought about by the pandemic, each World Congresses will be hybrid. They will nonetheless offer a rich programme with enhanced opportunities for members worldwide to participate.

Forthcoming events by affiliates in 2022 to be held both onsite and virtually include:
AILA has promoted regionalisation with conferences and events being held by the different networks. Updates on AILA Europe and AIALA are here:
We look forward to further inter-regional collaboration in 2022.

With regard to international research collaboration, applications for AILA Research Networks are now open.

Latest news on AILA publications can be found at:
AILA is one of the key contributors to the Council of Europe’s European Centre for Modern Languages’ (ECML) project surveying "The future of language education – learning lessons from the pandemic”.

As we come to the end of a rather challenging year, I wish everyone a happy Christmas and/or happy holidays and all good wishes for the new year.

Best wishes,

Professor Azirah Hashim
President, AILA International Association of Applied Linguistics