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On August 4 2015, Theo van Els passed away at the age of 79. For more than 40 years he was the leading figure in Applied Linguistics in the Netherlands. He initiated the writing of the first handbook on Applied Linguistics together with his colleagues Guus Extra, Theo Bongaerts and Charles van Os. The Dutch version appeared in 1977 and an English translation in 1974 with Edward Arnold. Theo was active in many fields, but his main contribution was in the area of language policy and planning, and he was very actively involved in the development of European standards for language proficiency which ultimately led to the Common European Framework of Reference. He set up a large research program aimed at a language policy for foreign languages for the Dutch Ministry of education, which was later on applied in various other countries including Japan. 

Theo was a very dedicated colleague and advisor and many of the applied linguists in the Netherlands were his students. He was a warm and caring personality for whom the ‘human measure’ was more important than formalities. In addition he was active in AILA for many years and one of the founders of the Dutch Association of Applied Linguistics.  He will be remembered as one of the early leaders who gave Applied Linguistics a face and status as an independent discipline.

Kees de Bot

University of Groningen




Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge on 1–3 September 2016.


Conference theme: Taking stock of Applied Linguistics – Where are we now?

At the time of the Annual Meeting of BAAL in 2016 we will be one and a half decades into the new millennium. The new millennium brought many trends and changes in applied linguistics, for example the increasing use of interdisciplinary approaches in the field, interest in corpus-based studies, the use of new media as data sources and as new environments of communication – which in turn developed new ways of communicating and influenced language. At the same time, processes that have started in the old millennium are continuing to develop and influence the field, such as globalisation, migration and its implications on how languages are used. Looking at the past and present, and understanding the developments of the field, will enable us to move confidently into the future, and to continue to make valuable contributions to society.

Keynote Speakers

  • Ingrid Piller (Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)
  • Devyani Sharma (Queen Mary University of London, UK)
  • Jean-Marc Dewaele (Birkbeck, University of London, UK)
  • S. Pit Corder Lecture
  • Jan Hulstijn (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Call for Papers and Submission Guidelines Abstracts are welcome in any area of Applied Linguistics and should present original research. Abstracts which address the conference theme will be particularly welcome.


To submit your abstract:

Please go to the BAAL2016 submission page on Easy Abstracts to submit your abstract: . On the abstract submission page, log in to the submission system and start the submission process. An e-mail confirmation of receipt of abstract will be sent to you immediately. Your contact details will be included in the book of abstracts unless you opt out during the submission process.

FORMAT: Text 300 words maximum (including references, if any). Do not use any special fonts, such as bold print or caps. Do NOT add tables, photos, or diagrams to your abstract. Do NOT indent your paragraphs, leave one space between paragraphs instead.

Type of presentation:

  • Individual
  • Special interest group (SIG) track
  • Poster
  • Colloquium


BAAL offers 4 full scholarships at every annual conference. The scholarships are open to students and early career researchers, with the latter defined as being within 2 years of PhD completion. In addition, BAAL also offers one Chris Brumfit student/early career scholarship which is usually targeted at delegates from outside Britain who would not otherwise have funds to do so to attend the BAAL Annual Meeting. Candidates wishing to apply for either scholarship should submit an abstract in the usual way, indicating clearly on their submission that they wish to be considered for a scholarship. For more information on the scholarships and the selection process see:


Poster prize - A prize will be given to the best poster presented at the conference. The local organising committee will select poster prize judges from the plenary speakers and leaders of invited colloquia. The winner receives £50.

The Richard Pemberton best postgraduate paper prize - The postgraduate development and liaison co-ordinator together with an ordinary member of the BAAL Executive Committee will draw up a shortlist and co-ordinate judges for the Richard Pemberton best postgraduate paper prize. The winner receives £50.


Conference Website:

In case you encountered any difficulty or have any question, please do not hesitate to contact the Meetings Secretary at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



International Conference & Summer School of Applied Language Studies

Monday, June 20 – Wednesday, June 22, 2016

University of Jyväskylä, Finland

We now inviting proposals for presentations in the international conference on CoDesigns. Envisioning Multi-sited Language Education Policies. The Conference is simultaneously the 33rd Summer School of Applied Language Studies.

The Conference aims at promoting empowering designs and approaches to language education policy. The conference will among other things focus on:

·bi-/multilingual education

·classroom contexts

·migrants and language education

·language education and the working life

·second/foreign languages

·policy approaches

The submission of proposals is now open and closes on January 24, 2016 (please notice the extended deadline).

For any queries, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Conference website:

Link to presentation submission is  

For further information, please notice the attachment.

We look forward to seeing you in Jyväskylä, Finland, in June 2016.

Organizing Committee


Call for Papers

The 10th International Conference on Multilingualism and Third Language

Acquisition will be held at Vienna University in September 1st-3rd, 2016.

We welcome original and previously unpublished papers on research on the

acquisition or use of three or more languages. The language of the

conference is predominantly English, but contributions in other languages

are welcome (slides in English).


Keynote speakers

Suresh Canagarajah

Susan Flynn

Ulrike Jessner

Susanne Reiterer


Abstract submission

We welcome abstracts for individual papers in parallel sessions and

thematic symposia. Individual papers will be assigned 30 minutes: 20

minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

Thematic symposia will focus on one specific topic, and will bring

together key contributions to the topic. They will take place in 2 hour

slots (4 papers) in parallel to the other sessions.

Abstracts for individual papers and thematic symposia should be sent in

English or in the language of presentation accompanied by an English

translation. Please attach your abstract as a word document (max 300

words, excluding title and references, in Times New Roman, 12 pt.) no

later than 30 October 2015 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and include the

following (in this order): name and affiliation of the

author(s)/convener(s), e-mail address of the first author/convener, title

of the paper, abstract.

An individual may appear as first author only once on the programme, in

addition to a possible role as thematic symposium organiser or co-author

of another paper.

All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by the scientific committee.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent before 15 January 2016.

Those who will not be able to attend the conference may submit

e-presentations. E-presenters should send their complete presentation (no

abstract!) no later than March 15th 2016 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

E-presentations may include videos, pictures, audio, etc. (duration per

e-presentation: 15min.) and will be displayed during the conference in a

separate room.