The Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) is the national professional organisation for applied linguistics in Australia. We welcome academics, teachers, researchers, students and members of the wider community to join us and become part of an active community interested in questions, issues and problems that can be understood and addressed through a focus on language in our world.

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Advocacy and engagement

ALAA has a long record of advocating on behalf of members and providing evidence-based advice and expertise on a range of language/s related issues and real-world problems and debates.

ALAA members regularly conduct research projects, consultancies and professional learning for groups and organisations, including government agencies, business, community organisations and other professional associations.

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Winner of Penny McKay Memorial Award 2023

The Penny McKay Memorial Award is jointly offered by the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA), the Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) and the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ). This award honours Penny’s contribution to research and development in second/additional language education.

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Penny McKay Award for 2023 is Dr Leonard Freeman for his doctoral thesis undertaken at the University of Melbourne entitled Fair vs. useful: Evaluating the fairness and validity of interpretations and uses of remote Aboriginal students’ national reading test performances, supervised by Emeritus Professor Gill Wigglesworth and A/Prof Carsten Rover. 

Many congratulations to Leonard and his supervisors on this outstanding record of achievement.

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The Australian Review of Applied Linguistics (ARAL) is the journal of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA). The aim of the journal is to present research in a wide range of areas.

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