AAAL 2009 Annual Conference

posted by Jürgen Kurtz, Karlsruhe University of Education, Germany

The 2009 conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics  (AAAL) will be held March 21-24 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, Denver, CO. The 2009 AAAL conference will serve as a meeting place for applied linguists to generate ideas, cross disciplinary boundaries, and disseminate research about issues and concerns in language policy, second language acquisition, language pedagogy and assessment, discourse analysis and other areas of applied linguistics.

Nationally and internationally, the AAAL conference has a reputation as a comprehensive and stimulating conference including in-depth colloquia and paper sessions, topical and thought-provoking plenary presentations, excellent book exhibits, and plentiful opportunities for networking.

The 2009 conference’s plenary presentations and invited colloquia address the theme of the relevance of applied linguistics to the real world and to other fields of scientific inquiry. Proposals addressing this theme are particularly encouraged, but proposals are welcome in all of the following topic strands:

  • Analysis of discourse and interaction
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Bilingual, immersion, heritage, and language minority education
  • Language and ideology
  • Language and learner characteristics
  • Language and technology
  • Language cognition and brain research
  • Language, culture, socialization and pragmatics
  • Language, maintenance and revitalization
  • Language planning and policy
  • Reading, writing, and literacy
  • Second and foreign language pedagogy
  • Second language acquisition, language acquisition and attrition
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Text analysis (written discourse)
  • Translation and interpretation

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