LINGUIST List 32.1265

Fri Apr 09 2021

Calls: Applied Ling, Gen Ling/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 09-Apr-2021
From: Raelke Grimmer <>
Subject: 15th Biennial Association for Academic Language and Learning Conference 2021 – Online
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Full Title: 15th Biennial Association for Academic Language and Learning Conference 2021 – Online
Short Title: AALL Conference 2021

Date: 17-Nov-2021 - 19-Nov-2021
Location: Online, Australia
Contact Person: Raelke Grimmer
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 02-May-2021

Meeting Description:

The Association for Academic Language and Learning (AALL) represents and supports academic language and learning educators in Australia. In existence since 2005, AALL is committed to promoting and providing academic language and learning development through policies, practices and research that build, enhance and extend teaching and learning opportunities for all students and staff in all higher and further education settings.

2021 conference theme: Diversity, Distance, Digitalisation: Inclusive and supportive practices in Academic Language and Learning

Charles Darwin University is a remote education provider in the Northern Territory, and like other regional, remote universities across Australia, caters to a culturally and linguistically diverse cohort of students, many of whom study online or remotely. Our remote locations as higher education providers paired with our non-traditional student cohorts bring with it unique challenges for supporting students in their academic language and learning. These challenges often relate to individual student diversity within the cohort, distance from the university and the different educational experiences they bring to their studies. This diversity means academic language and learning specialists need to work collaboratively to provide equitable education opportunities.

Therefore, we encourage enabling education academics, English language teachers, curriculum specialists, Indigenous education practitioners and students, who are all consumers of ALL practices, to consider sharing their experiences at the AALL 2021 conference, to be held virtually and hosted by Charles Darwin University from November 17-19, 2021.

Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts for papers on the following four themes:

Diverse learning and learners:
This theme aims to question the extent to which our practices are inclusive of diverse learners or whether we are in fact hindering them with our current practices. We encourage papers that consider the following:
- Multimodal learning
- Academic literacies across different cultural and language backgrounds
- Supporting diverse learners and their learning, and strategies for success
- Retention and empowerment

Distance, isolation and well-being:
Massification of education is impacting both students and ALL staff, both often being pushed to the margins of institutional priorities at the expense of quality student learning and experiences. We invite papers that explore the following topics:
- Pedagogies of supporting distance, isolation and wellbeing
- Social aspects of learning
- ALL practitioners’ role in student wellbeing
- Regional and remote experiences
- First year experience

Fostering linguistically and culturally diverse practices in ALL:
The drive towards equitable education for culturally and linguistically diverse students continues to be a priority for many universities. This theme aims to showcase papers that explore the following topics:
- Diverse learning pedagogies and ways of knowing and learning
- Decolonising practices
- Multilingual/bilingual ALL practices
We especially encourage papers exploring Indigenous perspectives and practices in ALL.

Digital transformation:
This theme interrogates the shifting discourse around students as clients, service consumers and tradable commodities. We encourage papers that explore the following:
- Online learning/ Virtual learning environments
- Interpersonal tensions
- Avatars
- Gamification and technology

Papers will be 15 minutes followed by 10 minutes of questions. We also invite abstracts for pre-recorded presentations for participants from time zones that are not compatible with Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to complement the live online presentations.

We strongly encourage papers to be submitted by undergraduate and postgraduate students to have their voices heard as part of improving our understanding of student needs in ALL.

Please email an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with a 50 word bio, to by 11:59pm (ACST) Sunday, 2 May.

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