ALANZ Symposium 2020


Saturday 28 November


St David complex, University of Otago - Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo, Dunedin - Ōtepoti, New Zealand - Aotearoa


Free registration to ALANZ members.
Conference Theme: Teaching to the Times.

Call for papers

We invite proposals for presentations, virtual sessions and posters. Abstract deadline 1st September 2020.

Change is a typical theme in calls for papers, but rarely are routines ruptured as suddenly and thoroughly as they were this year. Whether we identify primarily as applied linguistics researchers, teachers, postgraduates, or some multi-talented combination, we all found ourselves forced into teaching to the times—even if we were only teaching ourselves. This year, our call for papers reaches out to everyone who found themselves online on the job on the fly, whether rebooting research rerouted home, lecturing lurking learners online, or postponing postgraduate production schedules. Join us in celebrating our online learnings as applied linguists teaching to the times, whatever your topic, method, or theory.

Call for papers (pdf): ALANZ SYMPOSIUM Call for papers 2020

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker is Dr. Minh Nguyen who has recently joined the Otago Applied Linguistics Team. She will talk on her latest research initiative, a longitudinal study of five multilingual immigrant families, drawing on conversational and interview data.
“It’s time to talk: Family language policy and heritage language maintenance.”

We invite abstracts from members and non-members of ALANZ and in particular from new and emerging researchers. Those who are not able to travel can submit and access virtual presentations. The plenary sessions (keynote, focused presentations) will be live-streamed.

Presentation types:

  • Presentations: The standard 20-minute presentation type, followed by five minutes for questions.
  • Focused presentations: These shorter 10-minute presentations will be
    presented in a 50-minute plenary session, guided by a facilitator. Preference will be given to innovative and thought-provoking perspectives.
  • Virtual presentations: Those not able to attend in person can send a 5-10
    minute video or multimodal presentation, which will be uploaded on the ALANZ webpage and made available to symposium attendees.
  • Printed posters: Poster presentations will be displayed in the foyer of the
    conference venue.

Please submit your abstract (max. 250 words), including your preferred presentation type to:
Carrie Ankerstein


  • Abstracts are due by 1st September.
  • Notifications of acceptance will be sent out 1st October. Registration opens 1st November.
  • The symposium will be preceded by a social event on Friday evening (27 November)

Booking Details

Registration is free for ALANZ members (to join ALANZ go to
Non-members: $100
Non-member students: $40



St Margaret’s College

The cost is $88 per night with breakfast included. The single rooms have 1 large single bed, desk, office chair, wardrobe. The bathrooms are shared. Ultrafast internet. They also have 4 guest rooms with ensuites (with breakfast is $114), and about 10 rooms with queen size bed (shared bathrooms) $95 with breakfast.

Delegates can book directly with them, using the link below. They should mention that they attend the ALANZ Symposium.