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British Association for Applied Linguistics 2021 Conference


Northumbria University

UPDATE: BAAL2021 goes online

In light of the ongoing uncertainties brought about by the pandemic and the likely travel difficulties this may cause, the local organising committee and the BAAL executive committee have decided to move our 2021 conference online.

Although we are disappointed that we are unable to welcome you to Northumbria University and the city of Newcastle upon Tyne in person, we do hope that you can join us at our online conference.

The great news is that our exciting line up of plenary and invited speakers are staying on. With your active participation and contribution, we are confident that BAAL2021 is going to be an interesting and stimulating experience.

Those who submitted to the BAAL 2020 Call for Papers can choose to have the previously submitted abstract considered for BAAL2021, modify it, or replace with a new submission. The submission link for all options is the same:

If you missed the submission deadline the last time around, this gives you a new opportunity to submit an abstract.

The deadline for submission is 31st March 2021.

There will be a substantial reduction of registration fee and a further discount for BAAL members, more details to follow.

If you would like to become a member before submitting, you can do this by clicking on ‘join BAAL’ at:

We look forward to receiving your submission and eventually welcoming you to our online conference in the summer of 2021!

CLICK HERE the full details of our Call for Papers. Call for Papers CLOSED

Further Information

Conference Theme: "Challenges and Opportunities in Applied Linguistics"

BAAL 2021 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.

The BAAL 2021 Conference is hosted by English Language and Linguistics in the Department of Humanities of Northumbria University, located in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. A city of character, charm and culture, Newcastle brings together industrial heritage, iconic river bridges, and a love of football alongside classical Georgian architecture, a world famous cultural and nightlife, and strong sense of local identity. Located only 9 miles from the sea (a 20 minute journey on the local Metro railway), and an hour from Scotland and the Lake District, Newcastle is easily accessible by rail, road and air from within the UK and beyond;  Newcastle airport is just 25 minutes from the city centre by public transport.

Call for Papers 

The call for papers is now closed

Plenary Speakers and Presentation Titles

LOC Invited colloquium

Title: Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants: Policy and Practice 

  • Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants: Policy and Practice’
  • Lorenzo Rocca - Societa Dante Alighieri
  • Rola Naeb - Northumbria University
  • Martha Young Scholten - Newcastle University
  • James Simpson - The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Marcin Sosinski - Granada University

BAAL EC invited colloquium

Title: Ethics and Social Justice in Applied Linguistics

  • Suresh Canagarajah - Penn State University
  • Srikant Sarangi - Aalborg University
  • Eithne Quinn - The University of Manchester
  • Khawla Badwan - Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Frazer Hertiage  - Lancaster University
  • Sarah Atkins and Dawn Knight - Aston University and Cardiff University

Local Organising Committee, Department of Humanities, Northumbria University

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


  • Bloomsbury
  • Elsevier
  • Equinox
  • John Benjamins
  • Multilingual Matters
  • Palgrave Macmillan
  • Polity
  • Routledge
  • Cambridge University Press

Conference Email 

For any queries please email the organising committee at

Fee Structure

  • Non-members: £60
  • Members: £25
  • Student non-members: £15
  • Student members: £5

Registration is Now Open

Final Programme now available

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