15th Biennial AALL Conference 2021 – Online

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.

We invite abstracts for papers on the following four themes, click on the theme heading for more information:

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 wellbeing

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 ntbranch@aall.org.au by 11:59pm (ACST) Sunday, 2nd May 2021.

The website for the online 15th Biennial AALL Conference  is now live.

For all your conference information and updates, go to: https://aallconference2021.cdu.edu.au/