The purpose of the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics (ARAL) is to focus annually on one critical topic in applied linguistics. Since its inception in 1980, ARAL has published research on new and enduring topics in the field and provided both depth and breadth on the issues as they emerge.
This colloquium examines five major topics in ARAL over the past 40 years – assessment, language policy, language research methods, the multilingual turn, and
Assessment and ARAL: An historical perspective
Carol Chapelle, Iowa State University
The articles in ARAL provide a window on language testing and assessment as well as its integral connection to other areas of applied linguistics. Threads from the past, for instance, defining language constructs, new approaches for test tasks, reliability and validity investigation, test use and policy implications, will persist and expand in the future.
Language policy and planning
Nancy Hornberger, University of Pennsylvania
Tracing the field of language policy and planning (LPP) from origins in the 1960s to the current boom in ethnographic LPP research, I highlight how the perennial policy-practice gap is given nuance through exploration of the dynamics of top-down/bottom-up activities,
Longitudinal research in language learning: Looking back, moving ahead
Lourdes Ortega, Georgetown University
Language learning is a complex process that happens through and over time. I survey longitudinal research published since Ortega and Iberri-Shea (2008), inspecting quantitative as well as qualitative longitudinal research questions and designs. I highlight changes in longitudinal practices since then and challenges and opportunities for the future.
What happens after the Multilingual Turn?
Li Wei, University College, London
This presentation explores what the ‘Multilingual Turn’ has done to applied linguistics worldwide, looking at theoretical, methodological and empirical work, and asks the question if we are entering a ‘post-multilingualism’ era and how applied linguistics research and policy work should respond to the new challenges in late modernity.
Nelson Flores, University of Pennsylvania
In this presentation, I describe how