50th Anniversary Meeting of the British Association for Applied Lingustics

The 2017 British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) conference is hosted by the School of Education and the Centre for Language Education Research at the University of Leeds. The theme of the conference – Diversity and Applied Linguistics – will enable us to engage with the notion of diversity both of and in Applied Linguistics, in a diversifying world. What opportunities are enabled? What challenges are presented? What are the key questions for the field, as we take stock and look forward?

BAAL is a UK-based professional association which provides a forum for applied linguistics, the academic field which connects knowledge about language to decision-making in the real world. BAAL holds an annual meeting, bringing together established, early career and beginner researchers and language professionals from across the field of Applied Linguistics. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Inaugural Meeting of BAAL. To celebrate this, there will be an anniversary party on Friday, 1 September.

Videos of the BAAL2017 plenaries and roundtable event are now on the BAAL website https://baal.org.uk/annual-conference
Plenaries:
Bencie Woll – Applied Linguistics from the perspective of Sign Language and Deaf Studies
Henry Widdowson – Disciplinarity and disparity in applied linguistics
Mohamed Daoud – Language teaching in turbulent times: Curriculum-savvy teachers for curriculum success and sustainability 

BAAL Executive Committee Invited Roundtable:
Susan Hunston, Ros Mitchell, Mike Baynham, Greg Myers, Guy Cook – BAAL’s engagement with policy and practice  

We are grateful to the British Council and to the Leeds BAAL2017 team for facilitating the recording of these talks.