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Welcome to AAAL 2012!

Conference 2012 Theme: Interdisciplinarity

“The world is like a Mask dancing. If you want to see it well, you do not stand in one place.”
(Chinua Achebe, Arrow of God)

Hello! I want to invite you to the upcoming 2012 AAAL Conference in Boston March 24-27. The theme of the conference is “Interdisciplinarity,” which highlights the important connections between Applied Linguistics and other disciplines. This theme has guided the choice of Plenary Speakers; the five speakers you will hear come from psycholinguistics, education, computational linguistics, law, and sociolinguistics.

We are excited to have accepted almost 600 paper, colloquia, and poster submissions, that number limited only by the amount of space available in the conference hotel. If you have a little time to spare at the conference, the hotel’s central location offers easy access to the many historical, cultural, and educational features that Boston offers. And hopefully, the end of March will bring spring weather to the city!

- Jane Zuengler
AAAL 2012 Conference Chair

What are past attendees saying about AAAL Conference?

"AAAL is the premiere conference on research in applied linguistics; I have been attending it for more than 20 years and it is the only conference I go back to year after year."

"I've made some very good "AAAL conference friends" by attending. I simply wouldn't have met them otherwise and now, it's a pleasure to see each other once a year at AAAL."

"The AAAL conference is the one time each year I most directly feel a part of the applied linguistics community. It's a terrific, validating feeling."

"For the past two decades, AAAL has been the most important professional conference related to my work. The size of the conference is just large enough to allow for networking with international scholars, and just small enough to maintain on going professional relationships and collaborations. I generally find the themes and program content very relevant to my work and the field."

"The [2011] Conference was very well-organized and well-represented internationally. There was a variety of papers and colloquia to choose from. I hope future AAAL Conferences will be just as excellent as the AAAL Conference 2011 in Chicago."

"This was the best conference I have ever attended! I felt like I made more connections than ever and it really made me feel inspired again about research. I'm already making plans to attend next year."

"This was my first time at AAAL and I really enjoyed the conference. Overall it was one of my best conference experiences! Thanks! I really enjoyed the fact that books were cheaper at the conference."

"AAAL is definitely the most enriching and rewarding meeting that I attend. I am deeply grateful to the Board for its leadership and commitment to providing conference attendees with a high-quality experience at a reasonable cost."

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When & Where is the 2012 Conference?

March 24 - 27, 2012

Sheraton Boston
39 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02199
Phone: 617-236-2000

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Annual Business Meeting

Monday, March 26, 2010
Fairfax Room (3rd Floor)
Lunch will be provided

Plenary Speakers

Mary Bucholtz
Monday, 11:20 AM - 12:25 PM

Kris Gutierrez
Sunday, 11:20 AM - 12:25 PM

Philip Resnik
Saturday, 5:20 PM - 6:20 PM

Cristina Rodriguez
Monday, 5:20 PM - 6:20 PM

Named Colloquia

Advocacy Colloquium: Practicing Applied Linguistics: Toward a New Vision of Language Policy
Monday, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

De Gruyter at AAAL: Theorizing English in the World
Sunday, 8:15 AM - 11:15 AM

ILTA – AAAL Joint Session: Determinants of Language Proficiency
Saturday, 8:15 AM - 11:15 AM

TESOL at AAAL Joint Session: Discursive Constructions: Community and School Narratives, Policies and Practices for New Immigrant Populations
Sunday, 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM

Wilga Rivers Colloquium on Foreign Language Pedagogy: Perspectives on social interaction in foreign language teaching
Sunday, 8:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Invited Colloquia

Cosmopolitan Imaginings: Language, Self, and Other in a Global World
Tuesday, 8:15 AM - 11:15 AM

New Directions in Conversation Analysis Research on L2 Talk
Monday, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Foreign Languages in an Age of Globalization
Saturday, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

Factors interplaying with age in L2 learning
Sunday, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Language Tests and Language Policy: The Case of Aviation English
Monday, 8:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Student Volunteers

Volunteer positions at AAAL 2012 Conference have been filled. Notifications will be sent in February 2012.

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