AALL Events


Forum: ALL in a changing institutional and technological environment: Opportunities and challenges

Registration for the AALL-sponsored forum on online academic language and learning support is now open. 

Register for the forum

When:  12pm-5pm Friday 14 June 2019

Where: Australian Catholic University, North Sydney campus AND online

Our goal is to bring together ALL practitioners from around Australia to share knowledge about existing and future strategic positioning of online academic language and learning support, both within institutions and cross-institutionally. The focus will be on the impact of new technologies and pedagogies on our practice. AALL members are welcome to attend either in North Sydney or to participate in the online forum. Guest speakers will be live-streamed, and online participants will be able to participate in discussion activities.

Tentative agenda:

  • Lunch for face to face participants (12:00-1:00)
  • Speakers (1:00-2:30)
  • Breakout activities and discussion for both face to face and online participants (2:30-3:30)
  • Afternoon tea (3:30-4:00; forum concludes at 3:30 for online participants)
  • NSW AALL Chapter meeting for face to face participants and ACT chapter meeting (F2F in Canberra, with online component) (4:00-5:00)

The day will include presentations from:

  • Pam Mort, UNSW
  • AALL Digital Learning Group


One day symposium: The linguistic theory of Michael Halliday and its contribution to Academic Language and Learning (ALL) practice

The linguistic theory of Michael Halliday and its contribution to Academic Language and Learning (ALL) practice.

Event information

Michael Halliday, the founder of Systemic Functional Linguistics, died earlier this year. Halliday’s contribution to our understandings of language and its uses in the world is acknowledged as being huge, described variously as ‘catalytic’ and ‘revolutionary’ (Cope and Kalantzis, 1994), including in our field of ALL.

The symposium is framed around the following aims:

  • To generally pay tribute to the contribution of Michael Halliday to our field.
  • To host a range of papers exploring ways in which Halliday’s linguistics have informed (and can inform) ALL work
  • To introduce Halliday’s ideas to AALL members who are less familiar with SFL’s foundational concepts. 


Symposium on Post-Entry Language Assessment

  • Date: Wednesday, 15 February  2017
  • Venue:  Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia

This one-day Teaching and Learning Symposium brings renowned English language testing experts, Professor John Read (University of Auckland) and Dr Ute Knoch (Director of the Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne) together to share their expertise on the implementation, design and validation of post-entry language assessment in Higher Education in Australia and New Zealand. The presentations and follow-up workshops will provide valuable insights to support institutions and individuals involved in the design and validation of effective language diagnostic tests for university students. Theoretical and conceptual knowledge will be developed in the expert seminar presentations and participants will apply this knowledge in follow-up design and validation workshops. See attached for program details.

For further information, please contact convener Maggie McAlinden m.mcalinden@curtin.edu.au  or call 08 92664917.

Materials from the symposium

The 2nd International Consortium of Academic Language and Learning Developers (ICALLD) Webinar

"The 2nd ICALLD webinar brings together research and practice from around the Consortium, focusing on the different ways in which we, as academic language and learning developers, collaborate with colleagues across our institutions. Join us for a panel discussion to start the programme off and then stay to hear from colleagues in the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia." (from the website)


AALL Symposium: Theoretical frameworks informing in-discipline language development: transforming perceptions and practice

Hosted by UOW and UTS, this symposium brought together AALL educators and researchers to share and discuss the various theoretical frameworks that inform and guide practices in integrating English Language education across the curriculum.

Featuring Dr Jim Donohue and Julian Ingle from Thinking Writing at Queen Mary University of London, the program includes speakers with expertise in developing and implementing specific theoretical frameworks informing academic writing development within their institutions.

  • Date: Friday, 15th July 2016
  • Time: 9am - 4pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Venue: University of Wollongong, Northfields Avenue, Wollongong

Once finalised, the symposium program will be available via the AALL Symposium website at:  http://www.uow.edu.au/student/services/ld/LDEvents/index.html

Promoting National Collaboration among Academic Language and Learning (ALL) Centres: Creating a Sustainable Future

Format: mini-conference

  • Date: Thursday, 24 November, 2016
  • Venue: Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.
  • Conference organisers: Dr Elena Verezub, Coordinator, Learning and Academic Skills Centre, Swinburne University of Technology and Dr Fiona Henderson, Coordinator, Academic Support and Development, Victoria University

Draft program

8:30am – 9:00am Registration
9:00am – 9:15am Conference welcome. Welcome to the country
9:15am – 9:30am Conference opening by Swinburne University of Technology VC
9:30am – 10:00am A keynote address on the role of ALL Centres in adding value to students’ experience at university -  by Swinburne University PVC Student Advancement
10:00am – 10:15am Morning tea
10:15am – 11:45am Round Table discussion 1: The ALL Centres: how do we demonstrate our contribution to the positive student experience, retention and success at pathways, undergraduate and postgraduate levels? The use of data analytics, reporting, etc.
11:45am – 12:30pm Lunch and informal networking
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Leading and managing an academic service in the university in the current competitive environment (AALL Heads will be invited to participate in one of the 3 streams

  1. Managing ALL unit staff employed as Academic staff 
  2. Managing ALL unit staff employed as General (HEW) staff; and
  3. Managing ALL unit staff employed as TAFE teaching staff. Each stream will be facilitated by a relevant ALL Head/Manager)
1:30pm – 2:45pm Round Table discussion 2: ALL Leaders and ALL Centres: the analysis of our current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; what to leave out and what to take into the future of the ALL world
2:45pm – 3:00pm Afternoon tea
3:00pm – 4:30pm Looking into a sustainable future. Up to 5, 10 minute presentations on innovative ideas/models for our future work from the ALL Centre Heads, followed by Q&A
4:30pm – 4:50pm Developing actions for follow up and proposing to create a network of ALL Directors/Heads/Coordinators
4:50pm – 5:00pm Reflections and close


2nd Pronunciation Symposium: New directions in pronunciation theory and practice

Held at UNSW, Canberra on 5 December 2014

Funded by the Association of Academic Language and Learning (AALL), and hosted by UNSW Canberra this symposium provided a practical approach to identify useful strategies for teaching and learning effective pronunciation and sharing new directions in theory and practice. Key note speakers include Dr Graeme Couper from Auckland University of Technology and Dr Michael Carey from the University of the Sunshine Coast. For more information and details please visit http://media.unsw.adfa.edu.au/events/registration/symposium/.

Emmaline Lear, Maya Gunawardena, Anne Isaac, Linda Devereux, & Fiona Richmond.

AALL symposium: Evaluating the impact of academic language and learning practice

Held at University of South Australia, 1 - 2 December 2014

UniSA hosted a two-day symposium on ‘evaluating impact’ in ALL. ALL units across Australia are under increasing pressure to demonstrate the ‘impact’ of their work. But the notion of impact raises a number of philosophical, theoretical and practical questions which this symposium seeks to explore. The keynote speaker was Associate Professor John Hilsdon, Head of Learning Support and Wellbeing at Plymouth University, UK. John is a National Teaching Fellow, was first Chair of the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (www.aldinhe.ac.uk) and is an editor of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education.

Event website.

AALL Symposium: Collaboration, Reflection and Renewal: The ongoing quest to embed English language development and academic literacy and numeracy in higher education curriculum and teaching practice

Held at Queensland University of Technology on 28 November 2014.

Welcome Address: Professor Suzi Vaughan (Deputy Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching QUT) who will outline QUT’s Support For Learning Framework-  a whole-of-university collaborative approach to embedding language and learning within curriculum, course design and teaching practice.

Keynote Speaker: Associate Professor Kate Chanock, lecturer in Student Learning at La Trobe University. Her teaching focuses on academic reading and writing, argument and evidence, audience, voice and language, through classes and collaborative contributions to discipline curricula. She also works with individual students, from first year to PhD, on their writing-in-progress for the disciplines. In 2006, she was awarded a Carrick Institute Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Kate is well known to AALL practitioners as a founding member of AALL, one of the editors of the Journal of Academic Language and Learning, and an important scholar in the field of academic language and literacy. Kate’s research interests include embedding language development, literacy and learning in discipline subjects and models for collaborative engagement with discipline staff. Kate will follow her Keynote address with a workshop on the theme of collaboration to integrate development of academic literacies into discipline subjects.

Presenters from more than 20 universities and HE institutions across Australia covered a range of models and practices from a variety of disciplines.

This event was jointly sponsored by AALL and QUT. 

Full program  - AALL_Collaboration_Symposium_Full_Program.pdf

Organising committee: Sally Ashton-Hay, Lindy Kimmins, Ann Majkut, Peter Nelson, David Rowland.

Symposium on Higher Degree Research Student Writing

Held at University of Sydney on 3 October 2014

A focus on higher degree research student writing. Key note speakers: Bill Green and Inger Mewburn. A day that involved plenty of opportunity to engage in discussion, gather ideas and create networks.

Event website.

Bronwyn James, Claire Aitchison, Cynthia Nelson, Alisa Percy, Ruth Walker

'Degrees of proficiency' AALL and OLT event

Held at Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Campus on 19 May 2014

The Division of Teaching and Learning at Southern Cross University is hosted an all day event to allow for the exchange of current information and institutional strategies on the topic of university students’ English language assessment and development. Improving the language development of all students is a critical area for AALL and many language and learning specialists play a key role in strategic developments in this area in their institutions while others are sidelined in the development of strategy and policy. However the question remains as to what is the way forward in meeting the language development needs of an increasing number of international students as well as non-traditional local students. This symposium allowed for participants to provide up to date information on strategies and current developments on how this issue is being addressed in their own institutions.

The symposium consisted of three invited presentations by members of the Degrees of Proficiency project team. Alex Barthel gave a national overview of progress (or not) in this area; Tim Moore discussed PELA issues and Helen Drury discussed language development and support issues. Representatives from each institution was invited to share their insights at this symposium concluding with a 2 hour panel presentation/discussion session.


Pronunciation Matters Symposium on the teaching-learning of pronunciation in university academic language and learning (AALL) centres.

Held at UNSW Canberra campus 7 December 2012

Student peer learning & the AALL professional: evolution, equity & innovation.

Held at Victoria University 21 November 2012

A one-day symposium hosted by the School of Language & Learning, Victoria University and sponsored by the Association of Academic Language & Learning (AALL).

Gill Best

Key thinkers, Key theories: The contribution of theory to ALL practice

Held at Swinburne University of Technology, Lilydale campus 22 and 23 November 2012

Tim Moore

Download a flyer about this event: http://aall.org.au/sites/default/files/AALLsymposium2012.pdf

Evolution, Equity, Innovation: Student peer learning and the AALL professional, where have we been, where are we now and where are we going?'

Held at Victoria University 21 November

Gill Best

Symposium on Social Inclusion: From policy to practice

Held at University of Tasmania on September 7th

Nicole Crawford

Assessment and development of students' English language proficiency: What is your institution doing?

Held at University of Sydney on May 25th

Helen Drury


Click on the document link to download the AALL Events Calendar 2012 .


Schedule of 2011 national eventsAssociation for Academic Language and Learning

31 January

Good Practice Principles: How do we know what they know?

Edith Cowan University, WA


18 April

Widening Participation in AALL: Developing Interactions Between Universities and the VET Sector 

U. South Australia


Register with Chad Habel  by Friday 8 April


20 May

Introducing the British Written Academic English Corpus: Enhancing our practice in improving student writing in the disciplines 



Contact  Sue Starfield



9 June

English language entry pathways: innovations, outcomes and  future directions

U. Sydney

Enquiries and registration to Karlo Jurasovic:   

Abstracts by 24 March


10 June

Critical discussions on inclusivity forum




Registration  and Enquiries


Abstract deadline 15 March 1


24-25 November

(pre-conference PD day, 23 Nov)

AALL Biennial Conference


 U. South Australia


Call for papers open. Abstracts by 31 March