AILA 2017 Innovation and epistemological challenges in Applied Linguistics - July 23rd to 28th 2017


All ReNs sessions will take place on Tuesday, July 25th 2017.


What is a ReN?

Research Networks (ReNs) seek to promote research and its dissemination in all academic areas of AILA, with a particular focus on areas that have the potential for new cross-disciplinary research.

ReNs exist for three years and can be renewed. At any point in time, there will be about 15 ReNs in existence. Reapplications are required every three years by the criteria listed below:

  •   at least five members, some of whom should be new scholars,

  •   multinational composition with universities from at least three countries,

  •   participants are active in the research area of the ReN pertaining to applied linguistics,

  •  a program for research activities for the three years between congresses, including a commitment to present a symposium at the upcoming AILA World Congress and an organizer (one of the members) who liases with the ReN Coordinator.

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  •  Alessia Cogo (Goldsmiths University) - English as a Lingua Franca: ELF and Language Teaching

  •  Anthony Liddicoat (University of Warwick) - Intercultural Mediation/Médiation Interculturelle: a Plurilingual Exploration

  •  Antje Wilton (University of Siegen) - New Directions in Folk Linguistics Research 

  •  Avizia Yim Long (University of Guam) - Interlocutor and Instructor Individual Differences in Cognition and SLA

  •  Carmen Pérez-Vidal (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) - Study Abroad and Second Language Acquisition: Contemporary Directions

  •  Daniel Perrin (Zurich University of Applied Sciences) – Translating the News: Multilingual Practices in Today's Glocalized New Mediascape

  •  Hayo Reinders (Unitec Institute of Tecnology) - Researching Digital Games in Language Learning and Teaching

  • Janet Hilary Enever (Umeå university) - Taking Stock of Achievements in Early Language Learning

  •  Kerstin Irene Dofs (Ara Institute of Canterbury) - Learner Autonomy in Today's Developed and Developing World

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  • Folkert Kuiken (University of Amsterdam), Ineke Vedder (University of Amsterdam) & Marije Michel (Lancaster University) - Linguistic Complexity and Instruction in SLA

  • Mary Jane Curry and Theresa Lillis (University of Rochester) - Debates and Directions for Research on Academic Publishing and Presenting in a Global Context

  • Minna Suni (University of Jyväskylä) - Migrants in Working Life: Language, Identities and Positions

  • Richard Smith (University of Warwick) - History of Language Learning and Teaching: Perspectives on Innovation

  • Rick de Graaf (Utrecht University) - Individual Factors in CLIL Teachers and Learners

  • Shelley Kathleen Taylor (Western University - Faculty of Education) - What's in a name? Mainstream Classroom Innovations, Migrant Learners, and Epistemological Challenges - Short Summary of Contribution

  • Shereen Bhalla (Center for Applied Linguistics) - Multilingual Frontiers: an Emerging Politics of Southern Linguistics

  • Stephanie Ann Houghton (Saga University) - Native-speakerism across Language and Contexts

  • Susana A. Eisenchlas (Griffith University) & Andrea C. Schalley (Karlstad University) - Social and Affective Factors in Home Language Maintenance and Development (HOLM 2017)

  • Yan Zhou (Beijing Foreign Studies University) - Promoting Teacher Learning in a Changing World: Issues and Perspectives