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British Association for Applied Linguistics 2020 Conference


Northumbria University

Statement from BAAL re. BAAL 2020 Conference

In the light of the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent travel restrictions, we've made the difficult decision to cancel this year's BAAL conference. We thought it best to make the decision as early as possible to avoid the confusion and inconvenience of a last minute cancellation. While the current situation may change by September, we do not know what the travel situation will be like at that time and, with the likely pressures of the new academic session, it will be safer (and less stressful for all) if we postpone the conference to 9-11 September 2021.

BAAL 2021 @ Northumbria University

We are delighted that our plenaries and speakers at the invited colloquium are able to attend in 2021, so the line-up and theme, and conference location, will remain the same – it will just take place a year later. I would like to send my thanks to these individuals for being so flexible, supportive and understanding of this decision. 

More details will be made available in due course.

All information about Coronavirus is available from FCO websitePublic Health England and Public Health Wales

Join us at Northumbria University as we host the 2020 BAAL Conference. 

We are delighted to be hosting the 2020 BAAL Conference at Northumbria University from the 3rd to the 5th of September 2020.

Further information, including a link for registration, will appear here soon.

Conference Theme: "Challenges and Opportunities in Applied Linguistics"

BAAL 2020 will be held at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Our theme, ‘Challenges and Opportunities in Applied Linguistics’, aims to open up space for discussion of the future of our discipline and its contribution to the world around us. In what are perhaps both turbulent and challenging, but also thought-provoking and motivating, times we hope the conference theme will encourage proposals from across the field, and that conference papers, discussions and networking will enable cross-disciplinary connections to form. The interests of our local organising committee itself, for example, range from language teaching and learning to forensic linguistics, from language policy to teacher development, and from cognitive linguistics to language and migration; and we hope that BAAL 2020 deals with challenges and debates in these areas and many more.

Call for Papers 

The call for papers is now open, click here for further information.

Plenary Speakers 

LOC Invited colloquium:

  • Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants: Policy and Practice’
  • Lorenzo Rocca - Università per gli Stranieri di Perugia
  • Rola Naeb - Northumbria University
  • Martha Young Scholten - Newcastle University
  • James Simpson - University of Leeds
  • Marcin Sosinski - Granada University

Pit Corder Lecture

Local Organising Committee

  • Alex Ho-Cheong Leung (Chair),
  • Billy Clark,
  • Graham Hall,
  • Nicci MacLeod,
  • Rola Naeb,
  • James Street

Conference Email 

For any queries please email the organising committee at

About the Venue

Situated in the North East of England, Northumbria University's City Campus is located in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne.

For more information, including travel directions click here


Delegates can choose from a range of local hotels or Northumbria University student accommodation.

  • Student Accommodation: £45 per person/per night with a minimum 2-night stay in our New Bridge site which is a 2-minute walk from the conference venue, further information and booking
  • City Hotels: We are working in partnership with NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau (NGI) as the official accommodation booking provider to bring you the best accommodation rates for the conference. To view the range of hotels on offer and book directly at our preferential rates click here.

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City Campus East 1, Business & Law Building
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