Call for Papers

15th Biennial AALL Conference 2021 – Online

Second Call for Papers, Workshops & Panels

We received a strong response to our first call for papers and now we’re opening our second call for papers, workshops and panels.

Diversity, Distance, Digitalisation: Inclusive and supportive practices in ALL

Charles Darwin University is a remote education provider in the Northern Territory, and like other regional, remote universities across Australia, caters to a culturally and linguistically diverse cohort of students, many of whom study online or remotely. Our remote locations as higher education providers paired with our non-traditional student cohorts bring with it unique challenges for supporting students in their academic language and learning. These challenges often relate to individual student diversity within the cohort, distance from the university and the different educational experiences they bring to their studies. This diversity means academic language and learning specialists need to work collaboratively to provide equitable education opportunities.

Therefore, we encourage enabling education academics, English language teachers, curriculum specialists, Indigenous education practitioners and students, who are all consumers of ALL practices, to consider sharing their experiences at the AALL 2021 conference, to be held virtually and hosted by Charles Darwin University from November 17-19, 2021.

Workshop proposals:

We seek proposals for 60- minute interactive workshops that provide opportunities for participants to explore innovations in practice, related to one of the four conference themes.

Please include:

  • Title
  • A 250-word overview of the workshop
  • 50-word facilitator bio
  • The conference theme the workshop aligns with
  • An outline of proposed activities/ how the workshop will be interactive

Email proposals to by 11:59pm (ACST) Sunday, 27th June.

Panel proposals

We seek proposals for 40 minute panel discussions (followed by 15 minutes of questions) that share experiences and build communities of practice, related to one of the four conference themes.

Please include:

  • Title
  • A 250-word overview of the panel topic
  • The conference theme the workshop aligns with
  • 50-word bios of panellists

Email proposals to by 11:59pm (ACST) Sunday, 27th June.

For papers, we are especially looking for more abstracts relating to the ‘Diverse learning pedagogies and ways of knowing and learning’ theme but welcome submissions related to the following four themes:

Diverse learning and learners

This theme aims to question the extent to which our practices are inclusive of diverse learners or whether we are in fact hindering them with our current practices. We encourage papers that consider the following:

  • Multimodal learning
  • Academic literacies across different cultural and language backgrounds
  • Supporting diverse learners and their learning, and strategies for success
  • Retention and empowerment

Distance, isolation and well-being

Massification of education is impacting both students and ALL staff, both often being pushed to the margins of institutional priorities at the expense of quality student learning and experiences. We invite papers that explore the following topics:

  • Pedagogies of supporting distance, isolation and wellbeing
  • Social aspects of learning
  • ALL practitioners’ role in student wellbeing
  • Regional and remote experiences
  • First year experience

Fostering linguistically and culturally diverse practices in ALL

The drive towards equitable education for culturally and linguistically diverse students continues to be a priority for many universities. This theme aims to showcase papers that explore the following topics:

  • Diverse learning pedagogies and ways of knowing and learning
  • Decolonising practices
  • Multilingual/bilingual ALL practices

We especially encourage papers exploring Indigenous perspectives and practices in ALL.

Digital transformation

This theme interrogates the shifting discourse around students as clients, service consumers and tradable commodities. We encourage papers that explore the following:

  • Online learning/ Virtual learning environments
  • Interpersonal tensions
  • Avatars
  • Gamification and technology

Papers will be 15 minutes followed by 10 minutes of questions. We also invite abstracts for pre-recorded presentations for participants from timezones that are not compatible with Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to complement the live online presentations.

We strongly encourage papers to be submitted by undergraduate and postgraduate students to have their voices heard as part of improving our understanding of student needs in ALL.

Please email an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with a 50 word bio, to by 11:59pm (ACST) Sunday, 27th June.