"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
ALANZ and ALAA are the applied linguistics associations of New Zealand and Australia, respectively. Our first combined conference was held in Auckland in 2009. The idea was to provide an opportunity for applied linguists in New Zealand and Australia to come together, share ideas, and have a good time. Attendees left that first conference invigorated and looking forward to a repeat, which occurred in Canberra in 2011. After that second successful conference, it is now New Zealand’s turn to host the event again. The theme for the 2013 conference is knowing, being, doing in Applied Linguistics.