American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL)

  • Description
  • Founded in 1977, the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) is a professional organization of scholars who are interested in and actively contribute to the multi-disciplinary field of applied linguistics.

    AAAL members promote principled approaches to language-related concerns, including language education, acquisition and loss, bilingualism, discourse analysis, literacy, rhetoric and stylistics, language for special purposes, psycholinguistics, second and foreign language pedagogy, language assessment, and language policy and planning.

    Primary activities

    The American Association for Applied Linguistics:

    • promotes research and organizes annual scholarly conferences
    • recognizes scholarship and service in the field of applied linguistics through its Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award
    • established the Fund for the Future of Applied Linguistics, an endowment fund to support graduate student participation at the AAAL Annual Conference
    • publishes the AAALetter
    • distributes to members the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics (ARAL). The ARAL is published by Cambridge University Press, and is the Official Journal of the American Association for Applied Linguistics
    • distributes to members the annual AILA Review, a monograph focused on a timely topic in the field
    • advocates on policy issues pertaining to language
    • negotiates discounts for members on a variety of professional journals and books
    • maintains a list of academic job openings in applied linguistics
    • facilitates distribution and exchange of information
    • networks with Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), the Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) of International Language Testing Association (ILTA), and other related professional organizations
    • participates in the International Association for Applied Linguistics (AILA) as its U.S. affiliate
    • cooperates with the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) and AILA to publish Applied Linguistics
    • supports graduate students’ attendance at the Penn State Linguistics Summer Institute


    Phone +1.678.229-2892
    Address Delk Rd 2900

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