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The next AILA World Congress will take place August 9-14, 2020 at The University of Groningen, in Groningen, The Netherlands. Visit the Congress website <> for more detailed information about the venue and the conference.

The Call for Papers will be made available on the AILA 2020 website.

Application for Grants

AILA aims to extend participation in Applied Linguistics across geographical areas not currently well represented in our association by offering a limited number of Solidarity Awards to scholars in Applied Linguistics who might be unable to participate in the World Congress without financial support.

Scholars who would like to apply for the Solidarity Award can find more information under Solidarity Awards.

The deadline for the applications will be announced on this site and on the official AILA2020 website.

18th AILA World Congress

23-28 July 2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Innovation and Epistemological Challenges in Applied Linguistics

For more information see:


17th AILA World Congress

10-15 August 2014, Brisbane, Australia

One World - Many Languages

Congress Abstracts

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Gitsaki, C., & Ruschoff, B. (Eds.) (2015). Language and technology: Current trends and practices. Special issue. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, 5(3). DOI: 10.4018/IJCALLT

Gitsaki, C., & Coombe, C. (2016). Current issues in language evaluation, assessment and testing: Research and practice. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Gitsaki, C., & Alexiou, T. (2015). Current issues in second/foreign language teaching and teacher development: Research and practice. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Gitsaki, C., Gobert, M., & Demirci, H. (2015). Current issues in reading, writing and visual literacy: Research and practice. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


16th AILA World Congress

23-29 August 2011, CELEA, Beijing, China

Harmony in Diversity: Language, Culture, Society

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15th AILA World Congress

24-29 August 2008, GAL, Essen, Germany

Multilingualism: Challenges and Opportunities

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14th AILA World Congress

25-29 July 2005, AAAL, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

The future is now!

The congress website is no longer available. You may still find some information via the "Wayback Machine" of


13th AILA World Congress

16-21 December 2002, Singapore

Applied Linguistics in the 21st Century: Opportunities for Innovation & Creativity


12th AILA World Congress

1-6 August 1999, Tokyo, Japan

The Roles of Language in the 21st Century: Unity and Diversity.


(1999): Selected Papers from AILA '99 Tokyo. Edited by AILA '99 Tokyo Organizing Committee. Tokyo: Waseda University Press.


11th AILA World Congress

August 1996, Jyväskylä, Finland

Currently no further information available!


10th AILA World Congress

8-14 August 1993, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Skutnabb-Kangas, Tove (ed.) (1995): Multilingualism for all. Swets & Zeitlinger Lisse.


9th AILA World Congress

1990, Halkidiki, Greece


AILA90, Greece (1990). Proceedings, vols 1-6. Edited by AILA 90 Greece Organising Committee. Thessaloniki: University Studio Press. 

Efstathiadis, S. (ed.) (1991). Initial and in-service Foreign Language Teacher education. Symposium organized by the AILA Scientific Commission on “FLT Methodology and Teacher Education”, 17-18 April , AILA90 Halkidiki, Greece. Thessaloniki: University Studio Press.

Efstathiadis, S. (ed.) (1990). Journal of Applied Linguistics (JAL), vol. 6. Thessaloniki: University Studio Press. 

For more information see attached file.


8th AILA World Congress

16-21 August 1987, Sydney University, Sydney, Australia


Halliday, M.A.K., Gibbons, John & Nicholas, Howard (eds.) (1990): Learning, keeping and using language: selected papers from the eighth world congress of Applied Linguistics. 2 Volumes. Amsterdam: Benjamins.


7th AILA World Congress

5-10 August 1984, University of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

The Contribution of Applied Linguistics to International Understanding


Den Haese, Jan & Nivette, Jos (eds.) (1984): AILA Brussels 84. Proceedings. Volume 1-4.


6th AILA World Congress

1981, Lund, Sweden


Nickel, Gerhard & Nehls, Dietrich (eds.) (1982): Error analysis, contrastive linguistics and second language learning: papers from the 6th Internat. Congress of Applied Linguistics. Heidelberg: Groos.

Sigurd, Bengt (ed.) (1982): Proceedings/AILA 81: abstracts of section papers and workshop summaries.


5th AILA World Congress

20-26 August 1978, Montréal, Canada


Savard, Jean-Guy (ed.) (1981): Actes du 5e Congrès de l'Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée. Québec: Les Pr. De l'univ. Laval.


4th AILA World Congress

25-30 August 1975, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany


Abstracts: Stuttgart, 25th-30th August/ International Congress of Applied Linguistics


3rd AILA World Congress

21-26 August 1972, ADLA, Copenhagen, Denmark


Nickel, Gerhard (ed.) (1974): Applied contrastive linguistics.

Verdoodt, A. (ed.) (1974): Applied sociolinguistics.

Qvistgaard, Jaques, Schwarz, H. & Spang-Hanssen, H. (eds.) (1974): Applied linguistics: Problems and solutions.


2nd AILA World Congress

8-12 September 1969, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England


Perren, G.E. & Trim, John (eds.) (1971): Applications of Linguistics: selected papers of the second International Congress of Applied Linguistics. Cambridge: CUP

Primsleur, Paul (ed.) (1973): The psychology of second language learning: papers from the Second International Congress of Applied Linguistics. Cambridge: CUP.


1st AILA World Congress

26-31 October 1964, University of Nancy, Nancy, France


Actes du premier Colloque International de Linguistique Appliquée. Nancy, 1966.
Preface by Bernhard Pottier & Guy Bourquin.

  • I. L'Automatiosation en Linguistique
  • II. Pédagogie des Langues Vivantes
  • III. La Coordination des Recherches dans le Domaine Européen 


Every three years AILA holds its international World Congress. This congress is the biggest event in Applied Linguistics, bringing together - usually more than 2,000 - researchers and practitioners from all areas of Applied Linguistics for five days.

The Congress is characterized by high level presentations and discussions on key issues of the field. Its format includes keynote addresses, plenary speeches by outstanding scholars, invited symposia, symposia, individual papers and poster presentations.

The first AILA Congress took part in Nancy, France, 1964, presenting in its strands cutting edge findings from theory and practice of the time. Following this model, the programs of the Past Congresses represent the history of the discipline.

Each congress is organised by a different national or regional affiliate. The congress sites alternate between different areas of the world to reflect the global character of AILA.