Conference Circuit: Applied Linguistics
The American Association for Applied Linguistics’ 2018 Conference begins this weekend in Chicago. Around 1,500 are expected to attend.
Applied linguistics scholars from around the world are headed to Chicago in the coming days to gather ideas from colleagues and get the latest word on linguistics from experts in the field.
Organization: American Association for Applied Linguistics
Conference: 2018 Conference
Venue: Sheraton Grand Chicago
Following preconference workshops on Friday, AAAL 2018 kicks off on Saturday evening with an opening plenary featuring Susan Goldin-Meadow. The University of Chicago professor will discuss the resilience of language and gesture. Also worth noting:
Connection central. A pilot project called Conference Connections will help graduate student members make social connections with more senior association members. Students will be paired up with these members to get feedback on their presentations, to be introduced to other conferencegoers, and to get advice on their proposal ideas for the 2019 conference.
Resources galore. To help presenters and attendees take advantage of their time in Chicago, AAAL has posted resources on the conference website. For attendees, articles offer suggestions on how to get the most out of a professional conference, while a list of FAQs for presenters covers everything from how to best format a slideshow to what equipment to bring.
T-shirt time. As a new initiative to raise funds for the Graduate Student Awards, AAAL will be selling T-shirts to conference attendees. The shirt was designed by a graduate student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.