52nd Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL 2019)

Broadening the Horizons of Applied Linguistics

August 29-31, 2019

Manchester Metropolitan University, England, UK



BAAL 2019 will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK.

Our theme – Broadening the Horizons of Applied Linguistics – takes as its premise that applied linguistics underpins a vast range of disciplines, and we intend the 2019 meeting to encourage exploration of the role that applied linguistics plays in many walks of life. We hope the conference theme will encourage proposals from a wide range of disciplines and that this in turn will encourage cross-disciplinary dissemination of ideas and research. Our Local Organising Committee is drawn from different faculties and departments across the university – the School of Teacher Education and Professional Development and the School of Childhood, Youth and Educational Studies, both within the Faculty of Education, the Department of Languages, Information and Communications within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and the Faculty of Health, Psychology & Social Care.

The BAAL 2019 conference is hosted by the Faculty of Education, located in the Brooks Building in the centre of Manchester. Manchester is a vibrant, lively city which not only has a rich industrial heritage but is also home to an exciting and varied cultural life. Manchester is only two hours from London by train, and in easy reach of Liverpool, Chester, North Wales and the Lake District, the Peak District and Yorkshire. The campus is easily accessible by car and rail. The University is a 20-minute walk or a short taxi ride from the train station.  There is a direct train from Manchester Airport.


PLENARY SPEAKERS:                       

Julia Carroll – University of Coventry

Tim Grant – Aston University

Kate Pahl – Manchester Metropolitan University

Adrian Holliday – Canterbury Christ Church University (Pit Corder lecture)


BAAL EC INVITED COLLOQUIA:                                   

To be confirmed



Conference Support: contact Baal2019@mmu.ac.uk

Conference webpage: www.mmu.ac.uk/baal2019



Abstracts are welcome in any area of Applied Linguistics, should be interesting and innovative in some way, and should be of scholarly and academically good quality and indicate clearly objectives, method(s), and results where appropriate. Abstracts which address the conference theme will be particularly welcome.



Maximum abstract length: 300 words

To submit your abstract please use Oxford Abstracts https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/stages/890/submission

If you haven’t used this system before please register first.   All submissions must be submitted on-line. If you have any queries please contact Baal2019@mmu.ac.uk



Indicate the type of abstract that you are submitting during the submission process: individual presentation for parallel sessions or a SIG track, poster, or colloquium.


Individual presentation for the parallel sessions

Individual papers have 25 minutes: 20 for the presentation, 5 for questions.


Individual presentation for a Special Interest Group (SIG) track

If you believe your paper is of interest to a SIG track, you may want to submit it to one of the SIG tracks (all individuals, whether or not officially SIG members, are eligible). The SIG may then wish to include your paper in a track at the annual meeting. Submitting your abstract to a SIG track may or may not lead to your paper being included in a SIG track and has no impact on abstract acceptance to the conference. BAAL has thirteen Special Interest Groups. They are: (1) Corpus Linguistics; (2) Health and Science Communication; (3) Intercultural Communication; (4) Language, Gender and Sexuality; (5) Language and New media; (6) Language in Africa; (7) Language Learning and Teaching; (8) Language Policy; (9) Linguistic Ethnography; (10) Linguistics and Knowledge about Language in Education; (11) Professional, Academic and Work-based Literacies (PAWBL); (12) Testing, Evaluation and Assessment; (13) Vocabulary Studies.


Proposed colloquium 

We invite colloquia on particular themes which have relevance to the conference. Colloquia have half a day and a minimum of four papers. Colloquia proposers should plan their half day in four slots, in step with the individual paper slots. If they wish to have a larger number of papers, they may fit two papers into what would normally be a single slot. Colloquia papers should cohere. The order of the papers should not be changed after acceptance. An abstract for the colloquium introduction is required along with abstracts for each paper within the colloquium (300 words per abstract). Please state explicitly in the abstract text to say that it's part of a colloquium (with colloquium title).



We strongly encourage the submission of abstracts for posters. We aim to raise the profile of posters at our conference since we value them as equal to other forms of presentation, and we believe that they tend to receive more feedback than individual papers. All posters will be listed in the book of abstracts, and there will be a dedicated area and time slot for discussion of poster presentations. There will also be a £50 prize for best poster displayed at the conference.



During the abstract submission process, you will be asked to indicate whether you want to apply for a scholarship. If so, we will send the scholarship application forms to you by email. Each candidate will also be required to provide two full references plus a list of other conferences they have attended and any other grants/scholarships that they have received for their studies.

BAAL offers 4-5 full conference scholarships (for students or early career researchers, with the latter defined as being within 2 years of PhD completion). Monies from a special ring-fenced fund, contributed by donors, will pay for the additional ‘Chris Brumfit scholarship’ for up to £1,000, which is usually targeted at delegates from outside Britain who would not otherwise have funds to do so to attend the BAAL Annual Meeting.

The scholarships will help towards the cost of the conference fee, onsite accommodation for the duration of the conference (where accommodation is graded, the fund will only cover the cost of the cheapest option) and within UK travel (for student/ ECR scholarship), subject to fair use (e.g. no first class travels/ taxi journeys).