We welcome you to The Applied Linguistics Conference 2019

Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching: Making Connections


Although Applied Linguistics and Language teaching are distinct, they are also interrelated with each informing the other in terms of research and pedagogy.  Therefore, the theme of the conference "Applied Linguistics and Language teaching:  Making connections" provides an opportunity for discussion about how links can be made between the two areas within Australia and internationally. 
Join researchers, language professionals, and interested community members in the 2019 biannual combined Applied Linguistics Association of Australia and the Applied Linguistic Association of New Zealand conference to be held at Curtin University in Perth, Australia.


Professor Rhonda Oliver, Conference Chair of ALAA & ALANZ Conference 2019 

Important Dates

Abstract Submission opens early April 2019
Abstract Deadline 30th June 2019
Author Notified 30th July 2019
Early Bird  and Author Registration Deadline 21st August 2019



Registration Prices

Select a registration type

Full Registration

Access to every session and workshop of this years conference.

Full registrations inclusive of welcome reception. Conference Dinner is additional charge and tickets can be purchased during the registration process.

Online registration is strongly encouraged.

The ALAA website (http://www.alaa.academy/) has information about scholarships to support postgraduate students to participate in the conference.

Earlybird Regular
Member $460 $550
Non-Member $550 $650
Student $370 $460

Day Registration

Access to every session and workshop on a single day.

Day registrations does not include welcome reception or conference dinner. Tickets can be purchased during the registration process. 

Online registration is strongly encouraged.

The ALAA website (http://www.alaa.academy/) has information about scholarships to support postgraduate students to participate in the conference.


Earlybird Regular
Member $330 $375
Non-Member $330 $375
Student $330 $375

Payment of Fees

NOTE: Registrations will not be processed or confirmed until payment in full is received.

Payment may be made by credit card or bank transfer. MasterCard, AMEX and Visa are accepted at the Conference. All credit card payments incur a 2.15% credit card surcharge. Please note all transactions by credit card will appear on your statement as payment to Success Events Management.

Delegates paying via transfer will find the required bank details on their invoice once their registration is complete. Remittance advice must be sent through to promaco@promaco.com.au once payment has been made.



Your registration and payment will be acknowledged via email with confirmation of your requirements according to your online registration. Your registration will not be processed or confirmed if payment has not taken place.

Your letter of acknowledgement will include any further advice necessary prior to your arrival at the Conference. At the Conference you will receive the final program. Other information shall be posted on the Conference website as it comes to hand.


Cancellation and refund policy

Cancellations must be notified in writing to the Conference Manager.

Registration Fees:

Cancellations of any sort will incur an A$110.00 administration fee
Cancellation before 30th October 2019 will receive a 50% refund of fees paid
Cancellation after 30th October 2019 there will be no refund


Please see the Social Page for details of the Conference social events
Payments are non-refundable after 30th October 2019


Entrance to conference

Each member of the Conference will receive a name badge on registration. The badge will be your official pass and must be clearly visible at all times to obtain entry to all sessions and the Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner. The Conference Managers expect appropriate behavior from attendees and reserve the right to revoke the badge and privileges of anyone behaving in an inappropriate manner.


Metro Hotel Perth

Standard Room from $149 p/night
Superior Room from $164 p/night

Explore Perth from this affordable hotel close to the centre of the city. Enjoy easy access to the city's best entertainment, as well as its range of fabulous riverside walking and unspoiled beaches. 

Perth Metro Hotel is also a 10 minute drive to Curtin University.
Public Transport information to Curtin click here 



Pagoda Resort and Spa Perth

Superior Room from $175 p/night 
Deluxe Room from $190 p/night 

The Pagoda Resort & Spa is located within the vibrant city of South Perth just minutes from Perth CBD and 10 minutes drive to Curtin University.
Superbly position overlooking Perth's famous swan river, the Pagoda offers a unique selection of guest rooms, luxurious suites and daily serviced self-contained one and two bedroom apartments.  

Public Transport information to Curtin click here



Pensione Hotel

 Petite Queen from $125 p/night 

Nestled in the heart of the Perth CBD, this budget boutique hotel is located on the corner of Pier & Murray Street. The free CAT bus stops opposite the hotel which makes Pensione the perfect base to explore all that Perth has to offer. The hotel is also a 5 minute walk to the train station and you can catch the Mandurah line to stop at Canning Bridge. From there you can catch bus 100 to Curtin University.
Public transport information to Curtin click here.

Parmelia Hilton Perth

King Guest Room from $195 p/night 

Located in the heart of the CBD, Parmelia Hilton Perth provides the ideal location for business and leisure travelers. All rooms are spacious and comfortable and has a 24 hour room service. The hotel is a 2 minute walk to the train and bus station and you can catch the Mandurah line to stop at Canning Bridge. From there you can catch bus 100 to Curtin University.
Public transport information to Curtin click here



Rod Ellis

Rod Ellis is currently a Research Professor in the School of Education, Curtin University in Perth Australia. He is also a visiting professor at Shanghai International Studies University as part of China’s Chang Jiang Scholars Program and an Emeritus Professor of the University of Auckland.  He has recently been elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. His published work includes articles and books on second language acquisition, language teaching and teacher education. His two latest books are Becoming and Being an Applied Linguist (John Benjamins) and Reflections on Task-based Language Teaching (Multilingual Mastters). Other recent publications include are Language Teaching Research and Language Pedagogy in 2012, (Wiley-Blackwell), (with Natsuko Shintani) Exploring Language Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition Research in 2014 (Routledge) and Understanding Second Language Acquisition 2nd Edition in 2015 (Oxford University Press). He has also published several English language textbooks, including Impact Grammar (Pearson: Longman).  He has held university positions in six different countries and has also conducted numerous consultancies and seminars throughout the world.



John Macalister

John Macalister is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Associate Dean (International) at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His research and teaching interests in language teaching, language teacher education, and language curriculum design build on a career working in various parts of the world, and have extended to include language policy, linguistic landscapes, and NZ English. His publications include two books on curriculum design, both with Professor Paul Nation and published by Routledge. His most recent book was Family Language Policies in a Multilingual World: Opportunities, Challenges, and Consequences, co-edited with Seyed Hadi Mirvahedi.

Carmel O’Shannessy

Carmel O’Shannessy is a Lecturer in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at the Australian National University, having moved there from the University of Michigan, where she had been since 2007. In the 1990s her background as an ESL teacher and Applied Linguist took her to work in remote Indigenous schools in Australia’s Northern Territory, in the areas of Indigenous language maintenance and education. While working in the Warlpiri-English bilingual education program in the Warlpiri community of Lajamanu she noticed what sounded like extensive code-switching by younger speakers, and with the community’s approval was keen to investigate how young people were speaking. She subsequently completed her PhD in Linguistics at the University of Sydney (Australia) and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (The Netherlands) in 2007, with documentation of the genesis and development of Light Warlpiri, a mixed language that had recently emerged in the community. Within the areas of language contact and change and language acquisition, her research continues to document children’s bilingual acquisition and maintenance of Light Warlpiri and Warlpiri. She is especially interested in the roles of children and adults in contact-induced language change, and in variation in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, including new ways of speaking. Carmel has been involved with languages in remote Indigenous communities in Australia since 1996, in the areas of bilingual education and her current research. 

Alison Wray

Alison Wray is a Research Professor in Language and Communication at Cardiff University, UK. Her research has ranged across the nature of words and phrases, the evolutionary origins of language, how foreign languages are learned, and the genetic component of linguistic ability. For the past decade she has been drawing on her expertise in language processing to explore the nature of communication by and with people with dementia. Her focus is the way that linguistic and interactional behaviour changes in the face of cognitive challenges affecting the production and comprehension of language. In particular, she has explored how people with dementia modify their language to accommodate and even anticipate problems with memory or word finding, and how others respond to this strategy. With a keen interest in how to support professional and family carers into providing the level of care that they aspire to, she has investigated how one’s emotional response to stressful situations can undermine one’s best intentions. In addition to several journal articles and book chapters exploring aspects of these topics, and a major book nearing completion, she has authored two animated films, with narration by actor Sir Tony Robinson. Understanding the challenges of dementia communication https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6cchefGn2M has had very positive reviews and has been taken up by carer trainers worldwide. The just-published Dementia: the ‘communication disease, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uu63PqWGaU looks set to gain an equally positive following.



Shawn Loewen

Shawn Loewen (PhD, University of Auckland) is Professor at Michigan State University in the MATESOL and Second Language Studies programs. He also serves as director of the Second Language Studies program. His research interests include instructed second language acquisition, second language interaction and quantitative research methodology. In particular, his current interests include the link between SLA research and researchers, on the one hand, and second language teachers and pedagogy on the other. In addition to publishing in leading SLA journals, he has co-authored two books, Key Concepts in Second Language Acquisition (with Reinders, 2009), and An A-Z of Applied Linguistics Research Methods (with Plonsky, 2016). His sole authored book, Introduction to Instructed Second Language Acquisition, appeared in 2015, and the co-edited The Routledge Handbook of Instructed Second Language Acquisition (with Sato) was published in 2017.