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Our Mission

Our Mission

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 that affect individuals and society. The mission of AAAL is to facilitate the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and understanding regarding language-related issues in order to improve the lives of individuals and conditions in society.


To accomplish this mission, AAAL

  • creates opportunities for scholarly communication and professional networking by hosting meetings and sponsoring publications;
  • raises public awareness of language-related issues by encouraging the dissemination of theoretical and research-informed insights to wider society; and
  • promotes the status of applied linguistics in the academy and in society by providing leadership and resources for professional development.

AAAL’s primary activity is a four-day annual conference, which typically takes place in March. Welcoming scholars from around the globe, the conference has a reputation as a comprehensive and stimulating professional event that offers thought-provoking plenary presentations; in-depth colloquia, paper sessions, poster sessions and roundtable discussions; professional development opportunities; excellent book exhibits; and plentiful opportunities for networking with applied linguists from North America and countries around the world.