Tickets are now on sale for the ‘Developing explicit literacy and oracy skills’ LKALE SIG Event 2023! The conference is a one-day event on Friday 19th May in the Centre for Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University.

Prices are as follows:

Standard ticket: £30

BAAL member: £25

BAAL student member: £20

Student non-BAAL member: £22.50

Teacher ticket: £20

Included in your event ticket are lectures by two keynote speakers, two practical language-education based workshops, a series of academic research talks, teacher practise-based talks and panel discussions.

To buy a ticket, please click here.

Please note that this is an accessible event. All event rooms are located on the ground floor of the John Percival building at Cardiff University.

Registration will open at 9am (refreshments will be available). The first talk will start at 9:30am and the day will conclude around 5pm. All the additional details you need about the conference and travelling to Cardiff are on the ticket sales webpage.

We look forward to welcoming you to the event soon!

LKALE SIG Event 2023

LKALE SIG Event 2023

19th May 2023, Cardiff University

The 2023 Linguistics and Knowledge About Language in Education (LKALE) SIG meeting will be held at the Centre for Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University on Friday 19th May 2023. This will be a face-to-face event.

We are delighted to announce that the following keynote speakers have confirmed their participation:

Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson (Durham University)

Professor David Egan (Cardiff Metropolitan University)

The topic of this year’s meeting is Developing explicit knowledge of literacy and oracy skills.

This event would bring together researchers, education practitioners and policy advisors to consider the role of explicit knowledge about language in the development of literacy and oracy skills. The symposium would explore multiple perspectives, including:

  • The knowledge educators require to develop their own, and learners’, literacy and oracy skills
  • The knowledge learners require to develop their own literacy and oracy skills
  • The role of curricula, policy researchers/advisors, and language course providers in supporting both educators’ and learners’ literacy and oracy skills development
  • The role of teacher training bodies and charities in supporting the development of teachers’ and learners’ literacy and oracy skills
  • The similarities and differences in the knowledge required across different educational contexts (i.e., early years, primary, secondary, tertiary etc.) and across the curriculum (e.g., mathematics, music, foreign languages etc.)

The symposium would support discussion about any language, not just English, and be interested to explore bi/multilingual perspectives and additional language learning, as well as first language acquisition.

Proposal deadline: 12th April 2023

For more information and to submit your proposal, please click here.

We look forward to seeing you in Cardiff!

LKALE BAAL spring event: Calls for host

The Linguistics and Knowledge about Language SIG are currently looking for a host based in the UK for their 2023 Spring symposium. The event would bring together both practitioners and researchers interested in debates on the application of linguistic theory to pedagogical settings from early years to HE settings.  

The event should ideally take place anytime between March and June 2023. It can be either face-to-face, hybrid or online. If you are interested in hosting this event, or have any further questions, please contact both and by 14thOctober 2022.

Together with your expression of interest, please write a short proposal (max 200 words), including the following: 

Theme of the event  

Reasons why your institution would be a suitable host.  

More details about the sig and the events they have held in the past can be found here

In line with BAAL’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion within applied linguistics, our events strive to provide a platform for a diversity of voices, and for our events to be safe and open spaces in which everyone can contribute. 

Looking forward to hearing from you!

LKALE 2022 moves to on-line delivery

Please note that, for health and safety reasons, we have now decided to move to an ONLINE delivery via Zoom. The event is , of course, still scheduled for the 29th and 30th of April 2022. Information on submission guidelines, themes etc can be found here.

Do not miss the chance to participate in it–the CfP is STILL open until the 11th March 2022!

Join our TWO LKALE events this spring term

Hello LKALE Spring!

The LKALE SIG has started 2022 full of energy and activity: in addition to our annual LKALE SIG event (29th-30th April, Liverpool University, click here), we are delighted to announce our first LKALE PhD/ECR network event (13th May, Zoom; more information here).

Looking forward to seeing you in Liverpool and on Zoom,

The LKALE Committee

LKALE SIG 2022: First Call for Papers!

Dear All

The 2022 Linguistics and Knowledge About Language in Education (LKALE) SIG meeting will be held at the University of Liverpool on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th of April 2022. We are planning a face-to-face event, although with the possibility of a change to an on-line SIG meeting if required.

We are delighted to announce that the following plenary speakers have confirmed their participation:

Debra Myhill (University of Exeter)

David Waugh (Durham University)

The topic of this year’s meeting is Empowering students via knowledge of language variation and change. For more information on the theme and further details about types of presentations, abstract submission and notification can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you in Liverpool!


“Knowledge about language and linguistics in different educational contexts”

Our programme is now out! Have a look at the exciting range of papers we will be discussing at our next LKALE SIG Meeting (7th-8th May 2021) and don’t forget to register.

Looking forward to seeing you (on-line) in May,




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