Call for papers

(Second call for papers - not updated after deadline)

The submission of papers opened March 2016.
The (extended) deadline for paper submission was 11 May 2016.

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Call for papers

(second call)


Second call for papers

We are pleased to announce the second call for papers for the 6th International Conference on Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP), which will be hosted by Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use (CIP) and held at University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 3 – 5 November 2016 under the general heading of Transnational flows and professional practice.

The conference aims to bring together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds, especially language and communication research, particularly in relation to various specialized areas of research, including management, business, law, journalism, education, healthcare, social care, translation and interpreting.

The submission for proposals opens March 2016. All proposals must be submitted by 2 May 2016. NOW EXTENDED TO 11 MAY 2016 (midnight Copenhagen time)

Conference themes include

  • Transnational flows and multilingualism in the professions
  • Identity construction in professional communication
  • Use of lingua franca in professional encounters
  • Multimodality in professional practice
  • Professional practice, discourse and the new media
  • The role of translation and interpreting in professional practice
  • Language policy and practice in the professions
  • Linguistic training for professionals  Proposals in other relevant areas are also welcome.

Keynote speakers

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

Monica Heller
Professor at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto
Workforce to Wordforce: language(s) in the globalized new economy

Peter L Patrick
Professor at the Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex
Taking an Inch: Raising Standards of Practice in LADO (Language Analysis for Determination of Origin)

Kirk St Amant
Professor of Technical and Professional Communication and of International Studies, East Carolina University
Transnational Business Communication and Links to Uses of New Media

Submission Guidelines

 Proposals must be submitted via the conference website. Submission (extended) deadline: 11 May 2016 (midnight Copenhagen time)

Proposal categories include panels, individual presentations (oral or poster) and work-in-progress roundtable contributions.


Panels should address a common theme, theoretical topic or methodological area, and will be scheduled in slots of 90 minutes. A panel proposal should include an overall description (of no more than 300 words) highlighting the panel’s content and objectives, as well as abstracts for individual papers in the panel (of up to 150 words each). References are included in the word count. Please also provide information about the panel contributors, stating full institutional affiliations and e-mail addresses.


Proposals for individual papers (no more than 250 words) must clearly indicate a preference for oral or poster presentation by choosing the corresponding session type in the submission form. Following the peer review process, the organisers will determine whether a proposal is selected for oral or poster presentation. Poster presenters must be physically present to discuss their work during the dedicated sessions. Oral presentations will typically be scheduled in sessions of 90 minutes comprising three presentations, with 30 minutes (15–20 minutes for presentation + 10-5 minutes for discussion and 5 minutes for changing rooms) allocated to each individual presentation.


Proposals for work-in-progress roundtables should be no more than 250 words targeted at oral presentation. The roundtables will be in sessions of 90 minutes, with individual presentations lasting 30 minutes (15 minutes for presentation + ample time for discussion). This format is particularly suitable for early career researchers pursuing doctoral and postdoctoral studies and for experienced researchers undertaking/planning pilot projects or interested in reporting preliminary results.


Proposal selection criteria

All proposals undergo a double blind peer-review process. There is no fixed template for writing proposals but authors are urged to attend to the following criteria which will form the basis for peer review:

  • originality of the topic and its relevance to ALAPP
  • relationship between title and content
  • structural organisation
  • background contextualisation and relevant literature
  • theoretical/methodological/analytical appropriateness
  • clarity of claims and relevance

In addition to these criteria, proposals also evaluated on the basis of their relevance to broader issues in the field of applied linguistics and professional practice; the overall coherence of the proposal; and the usefulness of the contribution to conference participants.

Please note that ALAPP conference policy is one main oral presentation per author. You may choose to submit more than one proposal, but normally only one proposal will be accepted for oral presentation. Any additional accepted proposals may be presented as poster(s).

Decisions about acceptance/rejection will be communicated by end of June 2016. Following formal acceptance, the responsible (presenting) authors must register participation prior to the finalisation of the conference programme. Early registration opens on March 2016.

Please visit or send an email to for further details regarding submission guidelines, registration, schedule and more.

Anne Holmen
On behalf of the Local Organising Committee
ALAPP 2016, CIP, University of Copenhagen, Denmark