Applied Linguistics Association of Australia


The Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) is the national organisation for applied linguistics in Australia. ALAA aims to provide leadership in applied linguistics and supports the development of teaching, learning and research in the field. ALAA includes national and international members and is affiliated with the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée (AILA).

ALAA’s activities include:

promotion of research and teaching in applied linguistics

support for public development of policy in relation to language issues

hosting an annual conference

producing the journal Australian Review of Applied Linguistics

providing scholarships for student research in applied linguistics

joint sponsorship of the Australian Linguistics Institute with the Australian Linguistic Society

advocating on members behalf to government and other bodies

The ALAA Executive unanimously supports the Guidelines for Communication of Rights of non Native Speakers of English in Australia, England and Wales, and the USA and will be recommending its endorsement to the ALAA membership at our next General Business Meeting.

ALAA-ALANZ-ALTAANZ Conference 2017 

The 2017 combined ALAA-ALANZ-ALTAANZ conference will be held at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, 27-29 November 2017.

The conference theme is “Applied Linguistics in the New Millennium: Multiple Theories, Pathways, and Practices”

Keynote Presenters

  • Marnie Holborow, Associate Faculty, School of Applied Linguistics & Intercultural Studies, Dublin City University, Ireland.
  • Heidi Byrnes, Emeritus Professor, Department of German, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C, United States of America.
  • Hilary Nesi, Professor in English Language, Coventry University, England.
  • Chris Davison, Professor of Education, University of New South Wales, Australia.
  • Jennifer Hay, Professor of Linguistics, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.


2016 ALAA Travel Scholarships

Honglin Chen, ALAA President, with Hiromi Nishioka, winner of an ALAA Travel Scholarship, at the ALAA Conference, Melbourne

The winner of the MAK Halliday scholarship: Naoki Ikeda; and the winners of 2016 ALAA scholarships: Sally Chan, Hiromi Nishioka, and Manh Duc Le

Congratulations also to Dr Fiona O'Neill (UniSA) for winning the Michael Clyne prize for best postgraduate research, for her study: Multilingual professionals' experience of moving between their languages and cultures: A narrative inquiry.

Contact us: For further information about ALAA, please email