The annual Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (IRAAL) conference was held at UL on Saturday 18 November 2017.
The theme of the conference was “Applied Linguistics in the era of globalisation: Opportunities, challenges, practices”. The event attracted over 80 delegates and featured 40 presentations from delegates based on three continents and in more than ten countries.
The plenary talk given by Shannon Sauro, Associate Professor in English Language Education at Malmö University, Sweden, explored current and future directions in technology-mediated language teaching and learning.
Hosting the conference was particularly gratifying for MLAL and CALS as there is a longstanding, fruitful relationship between IRAAL and ourselves spanning more than two decades. Two CALS colleagues are former Presidents of the Association, and colleagues at UL regularly contribute to the IRAAL journal Teanga.
The one-day event was extremely well-received, and all attendees praised the quality of the presentations. The IRAAL National Executive Committee commended the smooth and professionally delivered day, with an engaging programme from beginning to end, and a real buzz from among all presenters and participants.
The conference was organised by Dr Marie-Thérèse Batardiere with the help of a team of MLAL and CALS colleagues: Professor Emerita Angela Chambers, Dr Aoife Lenihan, Dr Florence Le Baron-Earle, and Niall Curry and with the assistance of Catherine Jeanneau, Language Learning Hub.
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