BAAL 2016 Conference

49th Annual meeting

1st-3rd September 2016

Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge


Taking stock of Applied Linguistics – Where are we now?

Conference Organisers

Bettina Beinhoff

BAAL 2015 Conference

48th Annual meeting

3rd-5th September 2015

Aston University, Birmingham


Breaking Theory:

New directions

in applied linguistics

Conference Organisers

Dr Fiona Copland

Dr Erika Darics

Professor Tim Grant

BAAL 2014 Conference

47th Annual Meeting:

4th-6th September 2014

University of Warwick, Coventry


Learning, Working and Communicating in a Global Context

Conference Organisers:

Dr Jo Angouri,

Ms Tilly Harrison,

Dr Stephanie Schnurr,

Dr Sue Wharton.

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About BAAL

BAAL is a professional association based in the UK, which provides a forum for people interested in language and applied linguistics. We have an international professional membership of more than 800 members.

BAAL organises scientific meetings, and publishes a newsletter and conference proceedings. We also send representatives to national and international meetings of interest to our members.

BAAL is affiliated to AILA, the International Association of Applied Linguistics

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BAAL Book Prize 2016

A total of 14 books were received from 10 publishers.

Each book was anonymously reviewed by two reviewers and a short-list drawn up as follows:

The winner will be announced at the 2016 BAAL meeting at Anglia Ruskin University on Thursday evening 1st September.

Leftover copies of the books submitted will be sent to the British Council for distribution to libraries in developing countries. The shortlist has been placed on the BAAL web-pages.

Bernie O'Rourke, Publications Secretary

REF Consultation 2016

The official BAAL response to the REF consultation for 2016 is given here, for your attention.

Tess Fitzpatrick, BAAL Chair

2015 Conference Proceedings Published

The proceedings of the 48th Annual Meeting of BAAL, Taking Stock of Applied Linguistics: Where are we now?, held at Anglia-Ruskin University, Cambridge, are available on the conference proceedings page.

2014 BAAL/CUP Seminar Proceedings Published

The proceedings of the 2014 BAAL/CUP seminar, Learning and Teaching for Right to Left Scripted Languages: realities and possibilities, held at Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett University), are available on the BAAL/CUP Seminars page.

New Good Practice Recommendations

I am writing to let you know that a new edition of the BAAL ‘Recommendations of Good Practice in Applied Linguistics’ is now available on the BAAL webpages, under ‘Good Practice Guide 2016’ at The document is intended to offer guidance to the membership on the ethical conduct of their research and scholarship, and on their relations with the wider community.

This document has been produced by Svenja Adolphs, Jo Angouri, Tilly Harrison, Jai Mackenzie and Diane Potts. While it follows the same format as previous editions, it contains a substantial amount of new and updated material.

I would like to acknowledge the hard work of the five authors named above – and of their predecessors who worked on versions 1 and 2 of this document, back in 1994 and 2006.

Tess Fitzpatrick, BAAL Chair

New BAAL Twitter Handle

1) After some careful thought and deliberation, we've updated BAAL's Twitter handle from @BAALmedia to @__BAAL (two underscores at the start), primarily to reflect the fact that our tweets are not just aimed at media audiences, but also to make our username as short as we can in keeping with the constraints of the platform. (We wanted just @BAAL, but as you can probably imagine, this was taken years ago.)

2) Do mention @__BAAL when tweeting about BAAL-supported events or news, and where appropriate, we'll retweet/respond.

3) In the event that the change has catastrophic unintended consequences, we've retained the old @BAALmedia handle. I intend to monitor it for a few months so that I can steer anyone who uses the old handle back to the new one. (This is just a heads up in case anyone notices and wonders if that account is fraudulent. It's not.)

Dr Claire Hardaker Media Coordinator

Christopher Brumfit International Scholarship

The Christopher Brumfit International Scholarship provides an award for an Applied Linguist from outside Britain to attend the BAAL Annual Meeting. Click here to find out how to support the scholarship.

Postgraduate Group on Facebook

The BAAL Postgraduate group is on Facebook. Why not pay a visit to the page? Click here to find out more.


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