Call for Proposals – 12th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP 2022)

12th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP)
University of Jyväskylä, 15-17 September 2022



We are pleased to announce the call for proposals for the 12th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP) that will be hosted by the Department of Language and Communication Studies and the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä.

ALAPP aims to bring together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds, especially language and communication research and professional domains (e.g. business, organization studies, education, banking, health care, therapy, journalism, law, social care and welfare, immigration and border control, police work, translation and interpreting) to share ideas and discuss innovations and interventions.

The ALAPP Masterclass is scheduled on 14 September 2022.

Plenary Speakers

Professor Laurent Filliettaz, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Professor Rodney Jones, University of Reading, UK
Professor Sanna Vehviläinen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland

ALAPP 2022 is open to proposals that broadly fall within the scope of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice Studies.

Special themes include:

  • Language, communication and the professions
  • Institutions and professions
  • Expertise and professional practice
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in professional contexts
  • Multimodality in professional practice
  • Professional practice, discourse and the new media
  • Ethics and professional practice
  • Interpreting and translation in institutional/professional settings
  • Language awareness and reflexivity in the professions
  • Communication training for professionals
  • Professional practice and communication in the age of globalization
  • Research Methodologies
  • Collaborative research across professional boundaries
  • Challenges in communicating research findings


The submission for proposals opens on 1 December 2021 via the Kongressi platform. More information about submissions and access to the platform will be available on

For all submissions, clearly indicate:

  • Abstract title, author names, and full institutional affiliations of the responsible (presenting) author and collaborating authors.
  • Contact e-mail address for the responsible author.
  • Up to three conference themes (feel free to indicate themes beyond the list above).

Proposals may include panels, individual oral/poster presentations and work-in- progress.


Panels should address a common theme, content or methodological area, and will be scheduled for 90 minutes or multiples of 90 minutes.

Panel organizers should submit an overview description of no more than 300 words highlighting the panel’s content and objectives. They should also provide the names of the panel members as part of their submission.

In addition, each presenter in the panel needs to submit the abstract of their panel contribution (no more than 250 words). Choose “presentation as part of a panel” as presentation type, and indicate the name of the panel in the appropriate box.


Proposals for individual papers (no more than 250 words) must choose either “oral presentation” or “poster” as their preferred presentation type. Following the peer review process, the organisers will determine whether a proposal is selected for oral or poster presentation. Poster presenters must be present to discuss their work during the dedicated sessions. Oral presentations will be allocated 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation + 10 minutes for discussion).


Proposals for work-in-progress should be no more than 250 words targeted at oral presentation. Individual presentations will be allocated 30 minutes (15 minutes for presentation + 15 minutes for discussion). This format is particularly suitable for early career researchers and for experienced researchers undertaking/planning pilot projects or interested in reporting preliminary results. Please choose “oral presentation” as presentation type and indicate in the appropriate box if your proposal falls into this category.



All proposals, except panel proposals, undergo a double blind peer-review process. The reviewers will have access to the names of panel coordinators and the panellists.

Please note that the ALAPP conference policy allows only one oral presentation per author. You may choose to submit more than one proposal, but normally only one proposal will be accepted for oral presentation. Any additional accepted proposals may be presented as poster(s).

There is no fixed template for writing proposals but authors are urged to consider the following criteria which will form the basis for peer review:

  • originality of the topic and its relevance to the conference
  • background contextualisation of the study
  • relationship between title and content
  • structural organisation
  • theoretical/methodological appropriateness
  • clarity of claims and relevance

Individual panels are reviewed in their entirety on the above criteria but also on the basis of their relevance to broader issues in applied linguistics and professional practice; the overall coherence of the proposal; and the usefulness of the panel to participants.

Decisions about acceptance/rejection will be communicated by 1 March 2022. Following formal acceptance, the responsible (presenting) authors must register participation prior to the finalisation of the conference programme.


Please visit the conference website For enquiries about abstract submission or other queries, please contact the Local Organising Committee:

At the moment, we are planning a physical event, but we are closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 situation, maintaining a readiness for a digital format.

Local Organizing Committee:
Esa Lehtinen, Tarja Nikula-Jäntti, Riikka Nissi, Anne Pitkänen-Huhta, Minna Suni, Taru-Maija Heilala-Rasimov, Terhi Paakkinen

ALAPP Founding Advisor:
Srikant Sarangi, Aalborg University