The Applied Linguistics ALAA/ALANZ/ALTAANZ Conference 2024 | Nov 24-27, 2024 | University of Tasmania

Applied linguistics for a just society: Advancing equity, access, and opportunity 

Ensuring equity, access and opportunity in education is a hallmark of a just society. The Applied Linguistics ALAA/ALANZ/ALTAANZ Conference 2024 provides a forum to explore how the field of applied linguistics is already working towards these and what the future might look like in this regard. 

Migration and displacement, climate change, and social inequity present some of the most ‘wicked problems’ of the 21st century. They also present an opportunity to be inspired to think what a just society might look like going into the future. The skills, knowledge, and expertise held by those who work in the fields of applied linguistics and language education have unique and powerful potential to build towards equity, access, and opportunity in language education  and to shape a just society. 

Equity, access, and opportunity are a matter of social justice and a practical necessity for a prosperous, peaceful, and sustainable future. Recognising the important role applied linguistics plays in building a just society, the 2024 conference theme emphasizes safeguarding identities, fostering accessible learning contexts, and creating opportunities for all to thrive. 

We invite you to join us to share work being done to shape a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future and to imagine future directions.