Date: 22 August 2011
Martin will be presiding over the 16th AILA Congress to be held at Beijing Foreign Studies University, from 23-28 August. This is the premier applied linguistics conference world wide, withupwards of 2500 participants.
During his 3-year term as AILA President, Martin has been overseeing the reviewing and programming of 1400 presentations, with teams of 200 reviewers across 27 different strands, from Corpus Linguistics, through Forensic Linguistics, Language and Migration, to Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Teaching. Plenary speakers include Malcolm Coulthard (Aston University), Gu Yueguo (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), Diane Larsen-Freeman (University of Michigan), Allen Bell (Auckland University of Technology, NZ), and Barbar Seidlhofer (University of Vienna).With invited symposia convened by scholars from Venezuela, the USA, the Netherlands, Israel, China, Canada, the conference offers a 5-day programme of papers, symposia, workshops and posters.
After the conference, Martin will begin a 3-year period as Past President on the Executive Board of the Association.
Associated staff: Martin Bygate
Associated departments and research centres: Linguistics and English Language, Second Language Learning and Teaching Research Group (SLLAT)