Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP) 2021

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The international and interdisciplinary conference on Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP) aims to bring together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds, especially language and communication research, and professional specialities (e.g. business, organisation studies, education, banking, health care, therapy, journalism, law, social care and welfare, immigration and border control, police work, translation and interpreting). ALAPP is closely linked with Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (JALPP) (Equinox), with a view to bringing seminal research to a wider readership.

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ALAPP 2021 is September 15-17, 2021. It will be held in a hybrid format, with sessions available virtually. The ALAPP Masterclass will take place on September 14, 2021.

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Professor Brian James Baer is Professor of Russian and Translation Studies at Kent State University and Leading Research Fellow at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.  He is current president of the American Translation and Interpreting Studies Association and sits on the international advisory board of the Mona Baker Centre for Translation Studies at Shanghai International Studies University.  


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Professor Ulla Connor is the Barbara E. and Karl R. Zimmer Chair in Intercultural Communication, Chancellor’s Professor of English, and Director of the International Center for Intercultural Communication at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.  In her research on writing and intercultural communication, Dr. Connor combines theories and methods from both linguistics, classical rhetoric, and psychology. Results of her intercultural research have been applied in ESL and EFL, intercultural business communication, and, most recently, the language of health care among U.S. immigrant populations.


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Professor Guy Cook is Emeritus Professor of Language in Education at King’s College in London, UK.  His research is in three areas: discourse analysis, English language teaching, and literary stylistics.,





Proposal Submission Deadline:

May 31, 2021

We are pleased to announce the second call for proposals for the 11th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP) that will be held virtually and hosted by the Translational Data Analytics Institute at The Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio, USA from 15-17 September 2021. The ALAPP Masterclass is scheduled on 14 September 2021.

ALAPP 2021 is open to proposals that broadly fall within the scope of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice Studies.

Special themes include:

  • Language, communication and the professions
  • Institutions and professions
  • Expertise and professional practice
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in professional contexts
  • Multimodality in professional practice
  • Professional practice, discourse and the new media
  • Ethics and professional practice
  • Interpreting and translation in institutional/professional settings
  • Language awareness and reflexivity in the professions
  • Communication training for professionals
  • Professional practice and communication in the age of globalization
  • Research Methodologies
  • Collaborative research across professional boundaries
  • Challenges in communicating research findings



Proposals are currently being accepted through EasyChair

For all submissions, clearly indicate:

  1. Abstract title, author names, and full institutional affiliations of the responsible (presenting) author and collaborating authors.
  2. Contact e-mail address and phone number for the responsible author.
  3. Up to three conference themes (feel free to indicate themes beyond the list above).

Proposals may include panels, individual oral/poster presentations and work-in- progress.


Panels should address a common theme, content or methodological area, and will be scheduled for 90 minutes or multiples of 90 minutes.

In addition to individual proposals (no more than 250 words each), please also submit an overview description of no more than 300 words highlighting the panel’s content and objectives. Provide information about the panel members and the coordinator, stating full institutional affiliations and e-mail addresses.


Proposals for individual papers (no more than 250 words) must clearly indicate a preference for oral or poster presentation. Following the peer review process, the organizers will determine whether a proposal is selected for oral or poster presentation. Poster presenters must be physically present to discuss their work during the dedicated sessions. Oral presentations will be allocated 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation + 10 minutes for discussion).


Proposals for work-in-progress should be no more than 250 words targeted at oral presentation. Individual presentations will be allocated 30 minutes (15 minutes for presentation + 15 minutes for discussion). This format is particularly suitable for early career researchers pursuing doctoral and postdoctoral studies and for experienced researchers undertaking/planning pilot projects or interested in reporting preliminary results. Please indicate clearly if your proposal falls into this category.



All proposals, except panel proposals, undergo a double blind peer-review process. The reviewers will have access to the names of panel coordinators and the panelists.

Please note that the ALAPP conference policy allows only one oral presentation per author. You may choose to submit more than one proposal, but normally only one proposal will be accepted for oral presentation. Any additional accepted proposals may be presented as poster(s).

There is no fixed template for writing proposals but authors are urged to consider the following criteria which will form the basis for peer review:

  • originality of the topic and its relevance to the conference
  • background contextualisation of the study
  • relationship between title and content
  • structural organisation
  • theoretical/methodological appropriateness
  • clarity of claims and relevance

Individual panels are reviewed in their entirety on the above criteria but also on the basis of their relevance to broader issues in applied linguistics and professional practice; the overall coherence of the proposal; and the usefulness of the panel to participants.

Decisions about acceptance/rejection will be communicated by May 2021. Following formal acceptance, the responsible (presenting) authors must register participation prior to the deadline set for publishing the conference program.


To be announced.

Please check back for updates after the proposal review process has been completed.


Feel free to contact for further details regarding submission guidelines or for additional information about the conference.



Registration information will be available in late April 2021


Organizing Committee

Clarissa Surek-Clark, English, Sociology, and CLLC

Julia McGory, Linguistics

Scott Schwenter, Spanish and Portuguese, and CLAS

Ana-Paula Correia, Center on Education and Training for Employment



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