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AAALetter - June 2015
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The Newsletter of the American Association for Applied Linuistics

June 2015
Volume 27, Number 5


Table of Contents

To read each article in full, please click on the linked title.

1. From the President

Paul Kei Matsuda, who chaired the annual conference in Toronto, began his one-year term as the president. In this article, he reflects on the Toronto conference and highlights a few of the key developments in the recent months.

2. 2015 Graduate Student Award Recipients

The six recipients of the 2015 Graduate Student Awards (GSA), including the Multilingual Matters Award, the Educational Testing Service Award, and the Wilga Rivers Awards, share their thoughts on the award and the annual conference in Toronto.

3. Why FFAL?

The Fund for the Future of Applied Linguistics (FFAL), initiated in 2000, has provided the Graduate Student Awards (GSA) for the last fifteen years. The FFAL Board of Trustees summarizes the results of the recent survey of past award recipients. The board was also able to interview 19 past award recipients during the annual conference in Toronto.

4. Graduate Student Council Being Established!

In May, the membership approved a change to the association’s bylaws to establish a new Graduate Student Council (GSC), which replaced the Ad Hoc Graduate Student Committee founded in 2013. The GSC co-chairs, Daniel Ginsberg and Nicole Pettitt, report GSC activities underway.

5. Plans for the 2016 AAAL Conference: "Applied Linguistics Applied"

The 2016 AAAL Conference chair, Kathleen M. Bailey, discusses some highlights of the conference to be held in Orlando, Florida from April 9 through 12. The conference theme, “Applied Linguistics Applied,” is intended to emphasize the many ways in which our profession and our disciplines address language-related problems in the world today.

6. New members of the leadership team

Members of the Executive and Standing Committees change every spring. The article introduces newly appointed chairs of the Standing Committees. On a related note, please remember to cast your vote for this month’s election!

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