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2019 Call for Proposals

Conference ,

March 9-12, 2019
Atlanta, Georgia
Call for Proposals

The 2019 conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) will be held at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Nationally and internationally, the AAAL conference has a reputation as a comprehensive and stimulating conference. Conference participants can look forward to in-depth colloquia, paper, poster, and round-table sessions, as well as topical and thought-provoking plenary presentations, excellent book exhibits, and plentiful opportunities for networking.

Table of Contents

  1. Plenary Speaker and Invited Colloquia Information
  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. Proposal Policies
  7. Submission Process
  8. Requests for Meeting Spaces

AAAL is currently accepting proposals. Proposals can be submitted here. Download the Proposal Submission Process How To Guide here. Please review the CFP and How To Guide in full before beginning your submission.

Submission Deadline: August 20, 2018, 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time

You must be logged into the AAAL web site to submit a proposal. Current members, past members, and past guests may login here. If you are new to AAAL and would like to submit a proposal without becoming an AAAL member, please click here to create an guest account.

Plenary Speaker and Invited Colloquia Information

We have created an exciting program for the 2019 conference, acknowledging the wide range of research interests in applied linguistics. Check out the plenary speakers and invited colloquia using the following link: 

Plenary Speakers

Nick Ellis, University of Michigan
"Usage-based Language Acquisition: Implicit and Explicit Learning and Their Interface"

Lenore Grenoble, The University of Chicago
"Language Vitality and Sustainability"

Emma Marsden, University of York
"Open Science and Applied Linguistics: Opportunities and Challenges"

Patsy M Lightbown, Concordia University and Nina Spada, University of Toronto
"In It Together: Teachers, Researchers, and Classroom Second Language Acquisition"

Iñaki Zabaleta, University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU)
"Minority Language Media: Framing Their Reality, Development and Roles"

Invited Colloquia

"Let’s Automate: Natural Language Processing Tools and Their Applications"
Organizer: Scott Crossley, Georgia State University

"Expanding the Applied Linguistics Lens on Multiliteracies: Sociomaterial Assemblages"
Organizer: Diane Dagenais, Simon Fraser University [Wilga Rivers Language Pedagogy Colloquium]

"Assessing Lingua Franca Competence"
Organizer: Luke Harding, Lancaster University [Joint AAAL/ILTA Colloquium]

"Fandom and Language and Literacy Development"
Organizer: Shannon Sauro, Malmö University

"What Do the Data Show? Multiple Theoretical Perspectives on Learning in a Single Classroom"
Organizer: Paul Toth, Temple University


Proposals are welcome in the following topic strands:


Proposals are invited for individual papers, colloquia, posters, and roundtable discussions. The deadline for proposal submission is 4:00 p.m. on August 20, 2018 (EDT; UTC-4). If you need to renew your membership or create a guest account, you should do so at least 3 hours before the submissions deadline, to allow for changes to take place in the system. Requests relating to membership or guest accounts later than this may mean that you are unable to submit your abstract by the deadline. 

INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: Papers are formal presentations on a contribution of original knowledge by one or more authors within a thirty-minute period, including 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. Paper presentations will be organized into sessions of 2-3 papers grouped by strand or theme.
There will not be designated session chairs. When their presentation time comes, presenters must announce their session title, introduce themselves briefly, and start their presentation. All presenters must present their work during their scheduled time. No time changes will be allowed even if the previous presenter is absent or has finished early. Each presenter must make sure that they respect their allocated time in order to allow for the other presenters in the session to set up their equipment and start on time.

POSTERS: Poster presentations are intended for face-to-face discussions of research. Posters are especially effective for information that can be presented visually (e.g. charts, graphs, tables, diagrams). Prospective presenters are encouraged to consider posters, because of the opportunity they provide for extended discussion with other researchers. There will be several poster sessions scheduled, each approximately 1.5 hours in length. Presenters are required to be present at their posters during the coffee breaks scheduled within the session to which they have been allocated. For the rest of the period, presenters may choose to stay at their poster board at their discretion.  The bulletin boards for mounting the posters are normally four feet by eight feet in size. One poster presenter will use the front and another presenter will use the back. 

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.  The purpose is not to present on a finished project but rather to address a specific topic in such a way as to engender whole-group discussion.  The advantage of roundtable sessions is that they allow for stimulating conversations and networking opportunities among participants on shared research interests. Presenters are encouraged to prepare handouts or clearly visible laptop PowerPoint slides for key information needed to support the discussion.  

Roundtable discussions will be held in large rooms with several sessions taking place at the same time at different tables. Each table will be organized by strand or theme. Each presenter will be assigned to a table that seats up to twelve attendees. Presenters will be allocated 30 minutes: 10-15 minutes to speak on their topic and 15-20 minutes for group discussion.There will be a time-keeper assigned to reach roundtable session.  

COLLOQUIA: Colloquia allow for extended discussion on a particular topic, achieved through the organization of individual presentations that are clearly linked to the colloquium theme and to each other.  A small number of colloquia are invited by the conference chair, but others may be proposed by AAAL members. Proposals for colloquia can be for either one-hour or two-hour block of time. (Please note the change in colloquium length from previous AAAL conferences).

Two-hour colloquia: The number of presenters and length of each presentation is left up to discretion of the colloquium organizer, as is the decision to include one or more discussants.  Because the purpose of this format is to foster dialogue among attendees, generous time allowance should be made throughout the colloquium for extended audience discussion of the papers presented.

One-hour colloquia: This is a new format for 2019, designed to provide better coherence among the shorter 10 minute paper sessions offered at AAAL for the past two years. Conferences in many other academic fields limit presentations of full papers to a maximum of ten minutes, in paper sessions that are thematically linked. This has some advantages: it encourages conciseness and focus and allows more time for discussion than the longer paper presentations. Sessions in this format will consist of three individual ten-minute papers within a one-hour time slot. Each paper is allocated up to two minutes for clarification questions, followed by  20-25 minutes of discussion after all three papers have been presented. The thematic linking of the three papers in the session was previously made by the AAAL conference organizing committee. This year, one or more of the authors of the three papers will serve as the colloquium organizer(s). Please note that the one-hour colloquia should not include an additional presenter in a “discussant” role; the discussion is managed by the authors of the three papers.

Colloquium organizers serve as the liaisons between participants in the colloquium and the AAAL conference 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 for all proposal types, including the colloquia components:

Title: 20 Words
Abstract: 300 Words

Please note that for a colloquium proposal:

  1. The colloquium organizer(s) must provide an overview of the entire colloquium, including title (20 words) and abstract (300 words)
  2. Each individual panelist must also provide a title and abstract for his/her paper in the colloquium.  

Evaluation of Proposals

All proposals 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 in discussion

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
    • Two-Hour Colloquia: clearly indicated schedule of activity with significant amounts of time allocated for discussion of the presentations and audience participation)
    • One-Hour Colloquia: i) three clearly indicated separate papers, each with content that lends itself to a 10-minute presentation; ii) a colloquium organizer (who must be one or more of the authors of the individual papers); and iii) a clearly indicated schedule that allows for a minimum of 20 minutes of discussion following the presentation of the three papers

Please note that if colloquia are accepted, the schedule of activity, including the order of presentations, will appear in the conference program as listed in the proposal and must be respected in the actual presentation of papers.

Proposal Policies

Individuals may submit a maximum of one abstract as first author, whether a paper (including papers presented in a colloquium), a poster, or a roundtable session. This means that an individual can only appear once as a first author on the program. 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 take on an additional role as a colloquium organizer or discussant.  For papers, an individual may also appear as a co-author/co-presenter of another paper, provided they are not first author.

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).

Proposals for all presentation formats will be double blind peer reviewed. Please ensure that any reference made to your previous work within the proposal does not include self-reference information that clearly identifies you or one of your co-authors. Avoid, for examples, statements such as In a previous study, we (YOURNAME, date). Any proposal that does not respect the blind review format will be rejected.

Individuals who will not be attending the conference are discouraged from submitting proposals. Conference attendees highly value the discussion period with all authors at the conclusion of conference sessions. 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.

Submission Process

Before submitting a proposal, please read the brief descriptors for each strand, which are available through the Call for Proposals on the AAAL website. Try to submit your proposal to the strand that most closely relates to your main theme. If you are unsure, please ask a colleague, professor, or supervisor who is familiar with AAAL Conference procedures.

Before submitting a proposal, remember to check your membership status (you need to be a member or have a guest account in order to submit your proposal). PLEASE REMEMBER: If you need to renew your membership or create a guest account, you must do so at least 3 hours before the submissions deadline.  Requests relating to membership or guest accounts later than this may mean that you are unable to submit your abstract by the deadline.

Requests for Meeting Spaces

Individuals or groups wishing to use rooms at the conference venue for meetings outside the conference program should make their requests using the Meeting Request Form, which should be sent to the AAAL 2019 Conference Chair at conference@aaal.org as soon as possible, and no later than 11:59 p.m. on December 1, 2018 (EDT; UTC-4).  Such meeting spaces may be required for sessions with journal editors, editorial board meetings, and other networking opportunities. Requests for meetings will be considered within the inevitable constraints of time and space available.


Check our FAQ's here for Frequently Asked Questions about the proposal process. 

For questions regarding the academic aspects of the conference, including proposal submission policies, please contact conference@aaal.org.

For questions regarding the practicalities of how to submit a proposal or other technical questions, please contact proposal@aaal.org.