ALANZ Symposium, University of Auckland, 25 November 2023                                           
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Applied linguistics: Looking forward and looking backward
Call for paper:

ALANZ Symposium (Saturday, 25 November 2023)
University of Auckland

ALANZ (Applied Linguistics in Aotearoa New Zealand) invites all to submit proposals for presentations and/or colloquia for the 2023 Symposium.

Venue and date:  University of Auckland (School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics), Auckland, New Zealand (Saturday, 25 November 2023)

Abstract submission due date: Submission of abstract is due on Monday 17 July 2023.


Applied linguistics: Looking forward and looking backward
The field of applied linguistics and language teaching is constantly experiencing change and challenges. Many of us find it necessary to transform our practices and knowledge in accordance with sudden shifts and changes in the social, physical and technological environments in which we work and live. To survive and thrive in our complex world, we need the ability to look backward as well as forward. As we adapt ourselves and prepare for the future, we also need to revisit our past experiences and use our past knowledge. This year’s theme is thus ‘Applied linguistics: Looking forward and looking backward’. The symposium will explore how we as applied linguists, language educators, practitioners and/or researchers consider our past experiences and knowledge from the profession to inform and shape our engagement with students, colleagues and the discipline in the present and with an eye to the future.

Presentation types:
Presentations: The standard 20-minute presentation type, followed by five minutes for questions

Colloquiums: This 50-minute colloquium will have about 3 or 4 presenters, guided by a facilitator. Each presenter will make a short 10-minutue presentation. The facilitator needs to submit an overall abstract for the colloquium and abstracts for each presenter. Preference will be given to innovative and thought-provoking perspectives.

Printed posters: Poster presentations will be displayed in the foyer of the symposium venue.

Submission of abstracts: Please submit online (Link:


Abstracts are due by Monday 17 July 2023.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent out 4 Sept 2023. Registration opens on 16 October 2023.
The symposium will be preceded by a social event on Friday evening (24 November 2023)

Registration fees (lunch, morning/afternoon tea):

Members: $50 (to join ALANZ go to
Non-members: $75
Unwaged non-members: $15
Students who are members: free

Plenary speakers: Details will be announced later.

For further information, contact Tan Bee Tin.  Send an email to

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