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2016 Call for Proposals
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April 9-12, 2016

Orlando, Florida

Table of Contents

  1. Call for Proposals
  2. Strands
  3. Proposals
    1. Individual Papers
    2. Posters
    3. Roundtable Discussions
    4. Colloquia
    5. AV Equipment
  4. Proposal Format
  5. Evaluation of Proposals
  6. AAAL Proposal Policies
  7. Professional Service Sessions and Meetings
  8. Questions

Call for Proposals

The 2016 conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) will be held at the Hilton Orlando Hotel in Orlando, Florida. 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.


Proposals are welcome in the following topic strands:

The Proposal System Has Now Closed

Submission Deadline: August 19, 2015, 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time



Proposals are invited for individual papers, posters, roundtable discussions, and colloquia, particularly those having to do with the practical uses of applied linguistics research and pedagogy.  The deadline for proposal submission is 11:59 p.m. on August 19, 2015 (EDT; UTC-4).

INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: Papers are formal presentations on a contribution of original knowledge by one or more authors within a thirty-minute period, including time for discussion (ideally 5 to 10 minutes for discussion). Paper presentations will be organized into sessions of 2-3 papers. Presenters within a session will be responsible for chairing the session together. The presenters may decide to co-chair the entire session together or otherwise coordinate who will chair each particular presentation within a session.

POSTERS: Posters are for face-to-face discussions of research. Posters are especially effective for information that can be presented visually (e.g., charts, graphs, tables, diagrams). A block of time will be designated when presenters are available to discuss their posters. Prospective presenters are encouraged to consider posters, because of the opportunity they provide for inclusion of more presenters and topics in the program and for extended discussion with other researchers.

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS: Roundtable discussions present an opportunity for informal, in-depth discussions between presenters and attendees on a specific topic. They are particularly well suited for works-in-progress and are not meant to be formal paper presentations. Roundtable discussions will be held in a large room with several sessions taking place at the same time at different tables. Each table will be organized by strand. Two to three presenters will be assigned to a table and each table may seat up to twelve attendees. Individual presenters may be grouped by the conference committee with others discussing a related topic, or a few presenters may collaborate on submitting an abstract for a single roundtable discussion. Each roundtable presenter will spend no longer than 8 minutes speaking on his/her topic. The purpose is not to present on a finished project but rather to address a topic in such a way as to engender whole-group discussion.

Presenters will deliver their talks in turn, after which they will engage in extended discussion with the other attendees at the table. The advantage of roundtable sessions is that they allow for stimulating conversations and networking opportunities among participants on shared research interests. There will be no roundtable session chairs. Presenters at a table will be responsible for facilitating the session together.

COLLOQUIA:  Some colloquia are invited by the conference chair, but others may be proposed by AAAL members. Colloquia allow for extended discussion on a particular topic. They are presented in two different blocks of time: 1 hour and 40 minutes (typically 3-4 presenters/discussants) or 3 hours (e.g., 5-6 presenters/discussants). Colloquium organizers must designate the specific time block for the proposed colloquium. Because the purpose of this format is to foster dialogue among attendees, time should be allocated for extended audience discussion of the papers presented. Colloquium organizers serve as the liaisons between participants in the colloquium and the program committee, and are therefore responsible for communication among the presenters and discussants.

AV EQUIPMENT: Please note that AV equipment will not be available for Posters or Roundtable Discussions. Presenters may bring handouts or use their laptops if they wish. However, be advised that the computers will have to operate on battery as there will be no outlets.

Proposal Format

Please note the following word limits:

Title: 20 Words
Abstract: 300 Words
Summary: 50 Words



Proposals for individual papers, posters and roundtable sessions are evaluated by a team of reviewers according to each of the following categories:

  • Appropriateness and significance of the topic/issue/problem
  • Expectation of original research
  • Research design if an empirical study, including clearly stated questions, data sources, data collection procedures, and analytic approach
  • Conceptual framework if a conceptual study, including integration of topic into current thinking, clear exposition of treatment of topic and contributions to the literature
  • Manner of presentation (indicative of a clear and well-organized presentation)

Proposals for roundtable sessions will also be evaluated for each of the following categories:

  • Clarity of objectives and intended outcomes of the session
  • Methods planned to engage participants

Proposals for colloquia will also be evaluated for each of the following categories:

  • Appropriateness and significance of the topic
  • Presentation of original and on-going research studies OR differing or dissenting perspectives on an important issue
  • Coherence and complementarity of the papers
  • Manner of presentation (clearly indicated schedule of activity, with significant amount of time allocated for discussion of the presentations and audience participation).

Please note that if colloquia are accepted, the schedule of activity, including the order of presentations, will appear as proposed in the conference program.


Individuals may submit a maximum of one abstract as first author, whether a paper, a poster, a roundtable session, or as part of a colloquium. First authors are expected to present the research bearing their name, but all authors are encouraged to share in the presentation of co-authored research. An individual may appear as a first author only once on the program, in addition to a possible role as a colloquium organizer, discussant, or co-author/co-presenter of another paper.

All proposals (for individual papers, posters, roundtable sessions, and colloquia) must represent original and unpublished work that is not yet available to the AAAL membership (with the exception of material from publications in press).

Individuals who will not be attending the conference are discouraged from submitting proposals. Conference attendees highly value the discussion period at the conclusion of conference sessions; substitute readers are disadvantaged in discussing papers that are not their own.

Presenters who know that they cannot attend the conference are asked to withdraw their proposals as soon as possible to give another presenter a place on the program. If unforeseen circumstances at the last minute dictate that a presenter cannot attend the conference, a substitute will be permitted.

The author’s confirmation of attendance and presentation signifies that the author will present the paper on the day and time assigned by the conference program committee. AAAL will not respond to or consider requests for a specific time slot.



To arrange informal meetings for those who wish to get together to discuss particular topics, please complete the Meeting Request Form and send it to the AAAL 2016 Conference Chair at as soon as possible. Such arrangements include meetings with journal editors on how to get published, editorial board meetings, and other networking opportunities. Requests for meetings will be considered if the time and space is available. Please submit these requests no later than 11:59 p.m. on December 1, 2015 (EDT; UTC-4).


For questions regarding the intellectual aspects of the conference, including proposal submission policies, please contact

For questions regarding how to submit a proposal or other technical questions, please contact


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