50th Anniversary Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics
- Date: Thursday 31 August 2017
- Location: University of Leeds
- Cost: Free
BAAL holds an annual meeting, bringing together established, early-career and beginner researchers and language professionals from across the field of Applied Linguistics.
BAAL holds an annual meeting, bringing together established, early-career and beginner researchers and language professionals from across the field of Applied Linguistics. This year the meeting is at the University of Leeds, 31 August – 2 September 2017.
BAAL provides a forum for applied linguistics, the academic field which connects knowledge about language to decision-making in the real world. 2017 is a special year for BAAL: it is the 50th anniversary of the first annual meeting, which took place in Reading in 1967.
The 2017 conference is hosted by the School of Education and the Centre for Language Education Research, University of Leeds. The theme of the conference – Diversity in Applied Linguistics – will enable us to engage with the notion of diversity within our field, in a world which itself is diversifying. What opportunities are enabled? What challenges are presented? What are the key questions for the field, as we take stock and look forward?
Professor Bencie Woll, University College London. Professor Woll previously held the first Chair in Sign Language and Deaf Studies in the UK, at City University London. She is now the Chair in Sign Language and Deaf Studies and the Director of DCAL, the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre at UCL.
Professor Henry Widdowson, Honorary Professor, Department of English, University of Vienna. Professor Widdowson has been central to the development of the field of Applied Linguistics since its inception. He has been called “the most influential philosopher of the late twentieth century for international ESOL” (The Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning).
Professor Mohamed Daoud, Professor of Applied Linguistics, Institut Supérieur des Langues de Tunis. Professor Daoud, a well-known figure in international ELT for many years, will give The Pit Corder lecture, traditionally on a theme associated with language teaching and learning. His topic will be language teaching in turbulent times, and the role of the English language teacher.
BAAL 2017 Conference Website: http://www.baal2017.org.uk/
BAAL conference queries and enquiries: BAAL2017@leeds.ac.uk
Local Organising Committee Chair, Dr James Simpson: firstname.lastname@example.org
BAAL Meetings Secretary, Alex Leung: email@example.com