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TIRF – The International Research Foundation for English Language Education – is pleased to announce its 2018 Doctoral Dissertation Grants (DDG) competition. Grants of up to US $5,000 will be made to successful applicants investigating a range of topics in English language education. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

There are two types of grants offered through TIRF’s DDG program. Information about the two types of grants, as well as eligibility concerns, resource videos, answers to frequently asked questions, and much more can be found at:

TIRF and its Trustees are grateful to be working in partnership with Cambridge Assessment English and the British Council, as well as individual donors, in support of the 2018 DDG competition.

Please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about this announcement, or visit the link above. 



Sept 11-14, 2018

University of Duisburg-Essen, Campus Essen, Germany

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the German Association for Applied Linguistics (Gesellschaft für Angewandte Linguistik – GAL), GAL hosts an International Congress to showcase the breadth and complexity of AL as an applied science which aims to present a balance of scientific theory and societal practice. The theme of the congress is “Languages – Communication – The Public Domain”.

GAL welcomes abstracts for papers in ten symposia and a poster session. The deadline for paper abstracts is April 1, 2018.

Please visit for further information.




Opportunities, Challenges and Directions: Celebrating 40 Years of ALAK
​Sogang University, Seoul, Korea
October 13, 2018

The 2018 conference of the Applied Linguistics Association of Korea (ALAK) will be held at Sogang University, Seoul. Celebrating 40th anniversary, ALAK has created an exciting program for the conference with three plenary speeches, invited colloquia and special presentations.

Plenary speakers

Dr. Sungmook Choi, Kyungpook National University, Korea

Dr. Joan Kelly Hall, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Dr. Andrea Révész, University College London, UK

Important dates and abstract submission instructions

  • Feb 20, 2018: Presentation title submission due
  • Apr 30, 2018: Abstract submission due
  • May 20, 2018: Notification of acceptance


General Inquiries

Dr. Soondo Baek, ALAK Secretary General at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Theme: "Taking Risks in Applied Linguistics"

6 - 8 September 2018

York St John University, England, UK

BAAL 2018 will be held at York St John University in York, UK. After celebrating half a century of BAAL in 2017, our theme—Taking Risks in Applied Linguistics—will make the 2018 meeting a testing ground for new ways of pursuing our research and improving our practice. Our global community is facing unsettling times, and language use is at the heart of many of the challenges we face. Such challenges include: new and renewed areas of social inequality; political, social and economic instabilities; language learning and teaching-related concerns; and legislative changes which affect the rights of certain groups. The 2018 meeting will be a forum for bold thinking to address these challenges. We hope the conference theme will encourage innovative proposals for papers, posters, and colloquia. We will provide some alternative session types too, so that delegates can present and get feedback on unfinished but original lines of thought and untested but promising new approaches to research and practice. New work on old ideas is also very welcome, to ensure that our collective disciplinary wisdom isn’t lost. Equally, we want to hear about work from outside our disciplinary borders, and indeed, outside of academia altogether.

The BAAL 2018 conference is hosted by LIdIA (Language and Identities in InterAction), an interdisciplinary research unit based in the School of Languages and Linguistics. York St John University is located in the centre of York. Rich in ancient history and famous for its wealth of visitor attractions, York is a flourishing city, just two hours by train from London and Edinburgh. The campus is easily accessible by car and rail. The University is a 16-minute walk or a short taxi ride from the train station. The nearest major airports are Leeds Bradford Airport (30 miles) or Manchester Airport (85 miles). Getting from Leeds Bradford Airport to York is easiest by taxi. There is a direct train from Manchester Airport.

PLENARY SPEAKERS:                      

Annelies Kusters – Heriot-Watt University

Erez Levon – Queen Mary University of London

Anne Pauwels – SOAS University of London

Bill VanPatten – Michigan State University (Pit Corder lecture) 

Conference Support: contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Conference webpage:  


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 (

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01904 702165.



During the abstract submission process, you will be asked to indicate whether you want to apply for a scholarship. If so, choose the scholarship you want to apply for and write a short paragraph (max. 100 words) explaining why you are applying for one of the scholarships (explaining why they should be considered for the awards). 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’. The scholarships are worth up to around £1,000 (this may be flexible depending on the cost of travel for the specific applicant), which goes towards registration, accommodation, and travel.