Welcome to SAALA

Southern African Applied Linguistics Association

The Southern African Applied Linguistics Association (SAALA) is a professional association of scholars who are interested in, and actively contributing to, the multidisciplinary field of applied linguistics. Founded in 1980, SAALA's prime objectives are to promote research by means of an annual conference and workshops; through affiliation with other organisations with similar interests, and through facilitating the distribution and exchange of information.

Linguistics in a transforming South Africa

November 17, 2015

Call for expressions of interest
Linguistics in a transforming South Africa: perspectives on curriculum, research and disciplinary practice
A joint initiative of SAALA & LSSA
20 to 22 January 2016
Rhodes University, Grahamstown
SAALA and LSSA/LVSA are joining together to host a gathering of linguists in South Africa in order to facilitate the transformation of the discipline, in all [...]

SAALA/LSSA/SAALT 2015 First Call for papers

November 5, 2014

The First Call for papers for next year’s joint conference is here:
The closing date is 27 February 2015.  Hope to see everyone there!

Strategic Early Literacy Imperative: Funding for Literacy research at Rhodes

October 17, 2014

The Department of English Language and Linguistics at Rhodes invites applications to the Postgraduate research programme:
Strategic Early Literacy Imperative: Linguistic and social partnerships in Foundation-Phase Learning in African languages.

The research programme explores the relation between formal and applied linguistics and Foundation-Phase literacy education, specifically focussing on the contributions that can be made by [...]

SAALA on Facebook

October 10, 2014

If you are a regular user of Facebook, you might be interested in our facebook group for SAALA, available at:
Please note that joining the facebook group is not the same as becoming a formal member of SAALA.

Re-activation of affiliation with AILA

June 12, 2014

Some news to motivate you to join us and to maintain your memberhsip! We are in the process of re-activating membership of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (the acronym is for the French name). Have a look at the website to see what the benefits are for members:
The final decision will be made at [...]

New British Council Grants from TIRF — Africa

March 28, 2014

TIRF — The International Research Foundation for English Language Education – is pleased to announce its 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Grants competition in partnership with the British Council. Grants of up to US $5,000 will be made to successful applicants investigating any of the following topics:
•Bilingualism or Plurilingualism in Business, Industry, and the Professions
•Language Assessment
•Optimal Uses [...]

2014 Language, Society, and Culture Conference at Bronx Community College on March 7, from 8.30 to 4.00

February 26, 2014

Dear Colleagues,
You are all cordially invited to attend the 2014 Language, Society, and Culture Conference, which will be held at Bronx Community College on March 7, from 8.30 to 4.00. Admission is free.
The keynote speaker, Rebecca Mlynarczyk, will be giving a paper entitled “Story Telling and Academic Discourse: Including More Voices into the Conversation.” [...]

Membership information

January 22, 2014

The executive is elected for a period of two years. Membership is open to those with:

Recognised qualifications in the area of applied linguistics and/or the teaching of a language as a second/foreign language
Experience in/ or published work on recognised applied linguistic approaches to the teaching of language
Research experience in applied linguistics, language studies and language-in-education
Current [...]

Call for papers on ‘African politeness’

December 22, 2013

Please note that the deadline of 3 January has been extended: new date to be announced, but should be early February.

Special Issue of Journal of Politeness Research: Language, Behaviour, Culture on “African Politeness”
Editor-in-Chief: Karen Grainger
Guest Editors:
Sinfree Makoni (Penn State University)
Abdennour Kharraki (Mohammed 1st University)

 Abstracts of 500 words should [...]

Membership fees to increase for 2014

November 25, 2013

Please note that, as agreed at our annual meeting, our membership fees will increase from 1 January 2014 to R450 for full membership (for the rest of 2014) and R250 for associate membership.