Applied Linguistics Professional Groups and Associations

1. International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA)

AILA is the acronym for Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée or International Association of Applied Linguistics.

AILA is the international federation of national or regional associations of Applied Linguistics. Through its member associations, AILA currently has a membership of more than 8.000 individuals worldwide who as researchers, policy makers or practitioners are active in the field of Applied Linguistics

AILA pursues the following objectives:

  • Actively contributing to the development of all subject areas of applied linguistics
  • Promoting the exchange of scientific knowledge and practical experience
  • Stimulating international cooperation
  • Fostering language pluralism
  • Supporting applied linguistics in developing countries

AILA pursues these objectives by:

  • Holding a triennial world congress
  • Establishing and supporting Research Networks (ReNs)
  • Promoting the dissemination of scientific information by a variety of means, including this web site and various publications (a scholarly journal, a book series and a newsletter)
  • Collaborating with other organizations with related objectives and goals
  • Making available Solidarity Awards to support the attendance of academics from developing countries at the World Congress

2. American Association for Applied Linguists (AAAL)

The American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) is a professional society whose 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 these language-related issues in order to improve the lives of individuals and conditions in society.

AAAL’s primary activity is a four-day annual conference, which typically takes place in March.

Organizationally, AAAL is the United States affiliate of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée, AILA).

3. TESOL International Association (TESOL)

TESOL’s mission is to develop and maintain professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.

4. British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)

BAAL is a professional association based in the UK, which provides a forum for people interested in language and the applications of linguistics.

BAAL organises scientific meetings, and publishes a newsletter and conference proceedings. BAAL also sends representatives to national and international meetings of interest to its members.

BAAL is affiliated to AILA, the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquee.

5. Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics (HAAL)

HAAL holds regular seminars throughout the academic year. These usually take place at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Over the years, speakers at these seminars have included many local and overseas linguists and applied linguists. Established figures and newcomers alike are invited to speak as long as the topic is relevant and interesting. The Association usually tries to strike a balance between overseas and local speakers, and between individual papers and panel discussions.
HAAL is not only a place where you can come for seminars which interest you, but also a place where you get to meet or see colleagues from other institutions, whom you might not meet otherwise, and to keep yourself up-to-date with the developments in other institutions. HAAL also organizes a Research Forum every few years and an annual boat trip.

6. International Association for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)

IATEFL’s mission is to link, develop and support English Language Teaching professionals throughout the world through:

  • a range of regular publications. These include six copies of our magazine IATEFL Voices and a free publication per year;
  • holding an Annual International Conference with an extensive programme of talks and workshops, which attracts over 1,400 delegates;
  • offering members the chance to join any number of 14 Special Interest Groups (SIGs);
  • providing members with reduced rates on a number of selected professional journals;
  • offering scholarships to specific groups of teachers to enable them to attend our Annual Conference;
  • linking with associated professional organisations in other countries;
  • providing help to others in forming or developing a local teachers’ organisation.

7. International Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ISFLA)

ISFLA is the international organising body for Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL), a school of linguistics started by Michael Halliday, initially in Great Britain, and later in Australia. ISFLA was created to facilitate the development of SFL around the world. Towards this goal, ISFLA organises an annual conference, called the International Systemic-Functional Congress (ISFC). ISFLA also aims to propagate information about Systemic-Functional Linguistics. Membership is free, and currently defined as all who turn up at the Congress, are in our membership database, or attend regional meetings.

8. Linguistics Society of Hong Kong (LSHK)

The Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (LSHK) is a non-profit academic association, which was formally registered as a charitable organization in Hong Kong on March 8, 1986. Some of the aims of the Society include:

  • to promote linguistics teaching and research in Hong Kong;
  • to help to foster greater exchange and interaction between linguistic scholarship in and outside China;
  • to encourage and facilitate the exchange of ideas and dissemination of information among local linguists on research developments in linguistics;
  • to sponsor conferences and other activities consonant with the above aims

9. AsiaCALL

AsiaCALL aims to be the premier body in the world in the field of Computer-Assisted Language Learning through integration and interaction with technology. AsiaCALL

  • aims to be synonymous with quality in all areas associated with its objectives.
  • aims to be at the forefront of all technological innovations.
  • aims to be the reference point for consulting among government and private sector institutions.
  • provides a platform for researchers and academics in Asia and elsewhere to showcase their work.

10. The Association for Language Awareness (ALA)

The Association for Language Awareness aims at supporting and promoting activities across the whole breadth of Language Awareness. These are conducted in different fields of Language Awareness (e.g. mother tongue learning, foreign language learning, teacher education, language use in professional settings), at a variety of levels (e.g. primary, secondary and tertiary education, professional training and practice), and with objectives in a range of domains (e.g. effects on language performance, on attitudes to language etc).

The ALA pursues this goal in a variety of ways: for example, by collecting and disseminating information on Language Awareness initiatives, by promoting research into Language Awareness, by supporting initiatives undertaken by organisations with overlapping interests (e.g AILA), and by arranging conferences and meetings for practitioners and theorists in all spheres of teaching and learning, as well as for others with interests in Language Awareness.

11. The International Phonetic Association (IPA)

The IPA is the major as well as the oldest representative organisation for phoneticians. It was established in 1886 in Paris.

The aim of the IPA is to promote the scientific study of phonetics and the various practical applications of that science.

In furtherance of this aim, the IPA provides the academic community world-wide with a notational standard for the phonetic representation of all languages – the International Phonetic Alphabet (also IPA).