BAAL Professional, Academic and Work-based Literacies (PAWBL) SIG

For up-to-date information about the Professional, Academic and Work-based Literacies SIG please access the SIG’s own website:

The goals of the PAWBL SIG are:

  • To provide a forum for those researchers who are working on academic, professional or work based literacies or (as is increasingly the case) at the interface of two or more these dimensions.
  • To develop and extend the network of scholars working within this area – both within the UK and transnationally -who are seeking to develop robust research methodologies using a range of concepts and methods from applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, literacy studies, anthropological linguistics, linguistic ethnography
  • To develop work in literacy studies providing opportunities to present new research as well as critically revisiting ‘classic’ studies and approaches
  • To support new researchers who are developing applied linguistic research in the field of academic, professional and work based literacies
  • To involve potential stakeholders and practitioners in debates arising from findings through involvement on the SIG’s events
  • To develop and make available case studies and heuristics which stimulate the use of research findings by policy makers and practitioners.