Have you ever been asked ‘What is applied linguistics?’ 

Did you know that applied linguistics in Australia emerged out of a French teachers’ association?

What have been the most significant shifts in our field?

… and more.

We hope to answer these questions and more through a new series: 

                    Conversations in Australian Applied Linguistics (CAAL)

What’s the series about?

The series consists of conversations with eminent Australian applied linguists who share their views on the past, present and future of applied linguistics in Australia and beyond.

What’s the purpose?

The purpose is two-fold:

- to capture the wisdom of outstanding researchers in Australian applied linguistics and share it with members, and
- to provide a platform for members to informally interact with the scholar and other ALAA members.

How will it work?

The series will build up over time, with each session comprising two parts:

 (1) a short pre-recorded interview with the outstanding Australian researcher, made available to members via a link,
 (2) a 1-hour live online Q&A forum with the researcher, approximately two weeks’ following the release of the interview, where members are able to ask further questions and share comments.

When does it start?

The inaugural conversation will be with former ALAA President, Associate Professor Angela Scarino, University of South Australia.

What are the details:

- Pre-recorded interview will be released mid-October
- Online Q&A forum: WEDNESDAY 1 NOVEMBER, 5.00-6.00pm AEST

Look out for details on how to register closer to the date.
*Please note, this event is available to ALAA members only.

We look forward to what we hope will be an engaging and important forum for applied linguistics in Australia.


Michelle Kohler

On behalf of the ALAA Executive team











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