2021 Virtual Conference FAQ's

1. What is this virtual event about?
2. Who is putting on this event?
3. What is the schedule going to be?
4. Why is there a registration fee?
5. What time zones will be used for the virtual sessions?
6. How do I access the event the day of?
7. How can I ask speakers questions during the event?
8. Will there be opportunities to communicate with the speakers after their specific sessions?
9. Can I communicate with other participants?
10. What ADA accommodations are available?
11. Do I have to be a AAAL member to register for the Virtual Conference?
12. What are the technical requirements?
13. What platform are you using to stream the event?
14. Are there any browsers that your platform does not support?
15. Do I have to participate in real-time?
16. My question is not listed here, how do I get an answer?

What is this virtual event about?

The AAAL Virtual Conference is a national conference focused on scholars from the U.S., Canada, and over 50 other countries worldwide who are interested in and actively contribute to the multi-disciplinary field of applied linguistics. The AAAL Conference will bring together more than 1,000 attendees who promote principled approaches to language-related concerns, including language education, acquisition and loss, bilingualism, discourse analysis, literacy, rhetoric and stylistics, language for special purposes, psycholinguistics, second and foreign language pedagogy, language assessment, and language policy and planning.

We are offering four (4) days of engaging educational content.

The AAAL Conference is designed to provide actionable ideas, state-of-the-art programming, as well as tools, solutions, and technologies that will empower you to take directly back to your colleges and universities, home, and community to impact change. Come ready to learn, network, and do!

Who is putting on this event?

The American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) is a professional society of scholars from the U.S., Canada, and over 50 other countries worldwide. Members use a wide variety of theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches to address a broad range of language-related issues in order to understand their roles in the lives of individuals and conditions in society. The mission of AAAL is to facilitate the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and understanding regarding these language-related issues in order to improve the lives of individuals and conditions in society.

What is the schedule going to be?

We will kick off March 20 – March 23 with live-streamed plenaries, colloquiums, colloquia, roundtables, etc. 

We will have planned virtual networking sessions to maximize your “face-time” with other attendees!

Why is there a registration fee?
The cost to register for the virtual conference is the same as the cost to register for the in-person conference. The cost to attend, however, is where you will see the potential savings. Consider that by attending virtually, you won't need to book travel and lodging accommodations. Remember, you are paying for the education and engagement, which costs the same regardless of how you consume it.

What time zone will be used for the virtual sessions?

Live session times will be listed in Eastern Daylight Time.

How do I access the event the day of?

Five days before the event, you will be sent a confirmation registration email with a link to access the event. On the day of the event, you will sign into the event platform and access the event.

How can I ask speakers questions during the event?

The sessions are pre-recorded so that the speakers can spend the time answering attendee questions. They will be typing furiously to reply to as many questions as possible in the live chat!

Will there be opportunities to communicate with the speakers after their specific sessions?

You definitely can, but it depends on individual preference of our speakers. But we highly encourage you to reach out to them after the session/event.

 

Can I communicate with other participants?

Absolutely! Throughout the sessions, there will be a live chat running simultaneously.

What ADA accommodations are available?

For the virtual learning experience, we will have captioning of all events.

You will be able to download the handouts and accompanying materials provided by presenters during the live and recorded events.

Do I have to be an AAAL member to register for the Virtual Conference?

You do not need to be an AAAL member to attend the Virtual Conference! However, AAAL members do receive a discount off of their registration fee.

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AAAL Members must be signed into their individual member profile in order to receive the membership rate for the conference.

What are the technical requirements?

Generally, all you need to participate is a computer, consistent Internet connection and adequate speakers (or headphones) to project sound. We will offer a virtual webinar on how to record a presentation as well as offering several documents on our website with tips as well.

What platform are you using to stream the event?

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Are there any browsers that your platform does not support?

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Do I have to participate in real-time?

You do not have to participate in real-time. Some sessions will have live participation opportunities, but If you are unable to tune in during the live sessions, registered participants will have access to the recordings to view at any time of day convenient for you for 30 days past the conference dates.

My question is not listed here, how do I get an answer?

Email your question to info@aaal.org. If you’re asking, you’re not the only one, and you will help us make our Q&A complete!