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Dear Colleagues,

At the end of the 2017 AILA World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Claire Kramsch handed the baton of the AILA presidency over to me. I am happy to take up this baton – and very honored to do so. There are three reasons for me to feel this way: First, it is the baton of AILA, a unique organization in the academic landscape; second, it is a hand-over from a proven team to a promising one; and third, exciting challenges are awaiting us. Please let me briefly elaborate on these three points, as an invitation to the next three years of AILA collaboration.

The first reason why I am honoured to take up the baton is AILA itself: On our website we claim that "Applied Linguistics is an interdisciplinary field of research and practice dealing with practical problems of language and communication that can be identified, analysed or solved […]". Many of the contributions at the AILA World Congress in Rio have shown again how our open-minded, provocative and, at the same time, linguistically precise research helps communities address language-related issues of political relevance. In other words, serving AILA contributes to scrutinizing social patterns and, if we go beyond scrutiny, to making this world a better one, especially for those in need of change.

The second reason is our team: I remember Claire Kramsch commenting on a keynote in Paris that “solving problems is OK but the main question is whose problems we deal with”. Indeed, continually raising this question makes the difference between reiterating the status quo and actually fostering development. Claire, if you did not stay with AILA as our past president, we would badly miss you. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bernd Rüschoff, Marjolijn Verspoor, Shawn Loewen, and Hisako Yamauchi for serving on the AILA board as past president, treasurer, ReN coordinator and member at large, respectively – and to welcome Azirah Hashim, Marlies Whitehouse, Laura Gurzinski-Weiss, and Low Ee Ling, as vice president, treasurer, ReN coordinator, and member at large (http://www.aila.info/en/about/organization/executive-board.html).

The third reason is our set of challenges. There are three dimensions of development I want to focus on as the AILA President from 2017 to 2020: a) exploiting AILA being a UNESCO partner organization in order to influence politics and foster development where we need it most; b) creating societal impact and, at the same time, showing that language and its investigation in the transdisciplinary field of Applied Linguistics matter; and c) collaborating more closely with our more than 8,000 members, our over 35 national organizations, and our existing and emerging regional networks, such as AILA East Asia, AILA Europe, AILA Arabia, and AILA Latin America.

In sum, taking up the baton now means serving a socially indispensable organization and topic, collaborating with highly motivated colleagues and friends, and connecting with a challenged and challenging world. Together we can provide empirical evidence, for example, of the interdependency of media literacy and social participation. Or we can depict and explain the strong ties between financial literacy and the distribution of wealth. And more than that, together we can develop scenarios to solve the problems in the interest of those whose voices have long been ignored, and we can implement sustainable solutions. Applied Linguistics and AILA must therefore be a driving force of development. Let’s go! 

Daniel Perrin

July 2017

 

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Argentina

Paper: Intercultural Competence in Practice and Beyond


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Brazil

Paper: Multimodalidade de sentido: análise da relação texto-imagem em textos multimodais extraídos de websites educacionais.


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Brazil

Paper: Silence and adult learning in additional language classrooms


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Brazil

Paper: O ethos da comparação cultural em um contexto de ensino/aprendizagem de Português como Língua Estrangeira


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Brazil

Paper: Critical language teaching in a public school: problematizing experiences of being fat


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Peru

Paper: Abstrac de Experiencia Nin os y nin as dialogando con carin o con los abuelos de la comunidad


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Uruguay

Paper: Trazando un camino hacia la enseñanza de la pronunciación del español rioplatense


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Canada

Paper: Negotiating the Zone of Proximal Development in an Academic writing classroom: A case study


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USA

Paper: Children and youth in Indigenous language revitalization: Latin American perspectives


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Iran

Paper: Fostering Intercultural Understanding in English Language Classrooms: Context of Iran


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Malawi

Paper: A complex web of decisions: Family language policy choices in multilingual Malawi


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South Africa

Paper: Queering beyond the queer: Discourses of the everyday as spaces for resistance and theory-building


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Australia

Paper: Socio-cultural perspective of ESL teacher education


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United Kingdom

Paper: Innovative methods in researching online teacher professional development

 

Damira Akynova


L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Kazakhstan

Paper: English-Kazakh Code Switching within the Context of Foreign Language Classroom Environment

Awardee's Report

 


Rodrigo Borba


Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Paper: Whose Ethics? Whose Politics?: A Discourse-based Approach to the Depathologization of Transsexuality

 Awardee's Report

 


Vasantha Dhanapala


University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Paper: What Factors Contribute to L2 Text Comprehension?

Awardee's Report

 


Raquel Gamero


Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Brazil

Paper: Becoming a Brazilian Researcher: An Analysis of the Context, the Literature and the Activities Performed by Senior Researchers

Awardee's Report

 


Saakshi Manocha


Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Paper: Redeeming Saora Children’s Funds of Knowledge in MLE Schools of Odisha

Awardee's Report

 


 Mohamed Naashia


Maldives National University, Maldives

Paper: Bilingual Children’s Language Use and Linguistic Identity: Home Contributions and Family Language Policy

Awardee's Report

 


Hoa Hiep Pham
 Hue

College of Foreign Languages, Vietnam

Paper: World Englishes and Implications for Pedagogies in the English Language Classroom

Awardee's Report

 


Weiqiang Wang


Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China

Paper: Students’ Perceptions of the Effects of Rubric-Referenced Self-Assessment on EFL Writing

Awardee's Report

 


 

AILA has eight standing committees. They have three-year terms and all are appointed by the President who keeps in mind the need for geographic representation.

Solidarity Award Committee

The Solidarity Award Committee has as its purpose to administer the selection of awardees for each World Congress. The committee is chaired by the Vice President, its members are two members of the International Committee (IC). One of them is the IC representative from the upcoming AILA World Congress host country.

Chair:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Current Members:

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The Honorary Award Committee

The Honorary Award Committee has as its purpose to administer the selection of Honorary Members. It is chaired by a member-at-large and includes three members of the International Committee (IC).

Chair:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Member:

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Editorial Board of AILA Review

The Editorial Board of AILA Review oversees the planning and quality of future issues. The committee is chaired by the Publications Coordinator. In addition, one Executive Board (EB) Member-at-Large, one member of the International Committee (IC) and two well-regarded scholars.

Chair:
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Current Members:

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Branca Falabella Fabricio, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Barbara Seidlhofer, University of Vienna, Austria


Editorial Board of AILA Applied Linguistics Series (AALS)

The Editorial Board of AILA Applied Linguistics Series oversees the planning and quality of future book publications. The committee is chaired by the Publications Coordinator. In addition, one Executive Board (EB) Member-at-Large, one member of the International Committee (IC) and three well-regarded scholars (selected by the Publications Coordinator in consultation with the President).

Chair:

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Current Members:

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Folkert Kuiken, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Susan Gass, Michigan State University, USA


ReN Committee

The ReN committee oversees all matters pertaining to ReN activities including decisions about approval and continuation of ReNs. The committee is chaired by the ReN coordinator. In addition, one member-at-large and three members of the International Committee (IC) will serve on the committee.

Chair:
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Current Members:

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Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is charged with the responsibility of creating a viable group of candidates for each of the Executive Board (EB) positions.The committee is chaired by the Past President and is made up of two additional members: one EB member and one member of the International Committee (IC).

Chair:
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Current Members:
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The IACC Committee

Chair:

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Members:

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