ALANZ Symposium 2021


Saturday 27 November 2021


Massey University - Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa (Albany campus, Auckland) New Zealand - Aotearoa


Registration fees: Members: $80 (to join ALANZ go to; Non-members: $120; Students: $25.

Diverse approaches in Applied Linguistics: Exploring perspectives, building connections

The abstracts’ submission deadline is extended until Friday 10 September.

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speakers are
Associate Professor Tan Bee Tin and Dr Will Flavell

Tan Bee Exploring creativity for language teaching: multiple perspectives and diverse connections Associate Professor Tan Bee Tin

Nowadays, creativity is one of the 21st century skills promoted widely in education and English language education. In this talk, I will turn back to the word creativity and explore diverse ways of understanding and applying creativity in the field of language education and applied linguistics.

Tan Bee Tin is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching at the University of Auckland. Her research interest is in the areas of affect, interest, creativity and second language teaching. She has published widely in those areas.

Will Flavell Are non-Māori students the future of the Māori language?  Dr Will Flavell

In this talk, I draw from my doctoral research to identify and examine factors that influence non-Māori students in learning te reo Māori. This study offers important insights into the role of non-indigenous learners in the ongoing revitalisation of te reo Māori and highlights the importance of authentic learning opportunities in te ao Māori, and the need for support for te reo Māori and tikanga Māori in the wider school culture.

Will is the Education Manager Māori at COMET Auckland. For a number of years, he was a secondary school teacher of te reo Māori and Japanese language. He has a passion for Māori student achievement, second language development and youth leadership. Will is actively involved in supporting his local community in West Auckland as an elected member since 2013 to the Henderson-Massey Local Board (Auckland Council).

Diverse approaches in Applied Linguistics: Exploring perspectives, building connections

This year’s symposium theme,  aims to weave together two central aspects of applied linguistics: diversity and connections. Our interdisciplinary field allows us to draw on multiple and newly emerging perspectives to help us understand language-related phenomena in a complex, ever-changing and technology-driven (post-pandemic) world. But how do we as practitioners, researchers or students negotiate shifts in paradigms and (re)conceptualisations of language learning, teaching and use, if not language itself? What meaningful connections can be drawn across theories to inform policies and practice relevant to a diversity of contexts, learners and languages? We hope you can join us and welcome contributions on your current projects to share insights and create a space for discussion.

We invite proposals for presentations, posters and café style work-in-progress sessions to be delivered in face-to-face format.
Abstract submission deadline 1st September 2021

We invite abstracts from members and non-members of ALANZ, particularly welcoming abstracts from new and emerging researchers. Within the symposium, alongside our general call for papers, we will have two dedicated strands: one is learning strategies and the other is vocabulary studies. If you wish your abstract to be considered under either of these two strands, please make this clear on your submission.

Presentation types:

Presentations: Standard 20-minute presentation, followed by five minutes for questions.
Printed posters: Poster presentations will be displayed throughout the conference and presented during the work-in-progress session.

Work-in-progress café style: This session provides an opportunity to discuss research in progress, taking place in a large room with multiple presenters in the room. Seated at a table, presenters discuss their project or research (without ppt) with small groups of other participants. After 10 minutes, participants move tables while the presenter stays at the same table sharing their research with the next group.

Virtual presentations: ALANZ members not able to attend in person can send a 5-10 minute video presentation, which will be uploaded on the ALANZ website and made available during the symposium.

Please submit your abstract (max. 250 words), including your preferred presentation type, and strand if applicable, to:

Grace Qi email:

Extended deadline for conference abstracts: Friday 10 September
1st October: Notifications of acceptance sent
1st November: Registration opens

Registration fees:
Members: $80 (to join ALANZ go to
Non-members: $120
Students: $25

Booking Details

On-site campus accommodation

To book please email: stating clearly that you are attending the ‘ALANZ symposium 2021’ in your email.

Rates: 1 or 2 night stay 26/27 November 2021 $70 per person per night

Hall Accommodation

Single rooms are available in our halls and our rates include:

  • Bedding, towels and linen
  • Single bedroom with desk, chair and wardrobe
  • Communal areas with kitchenette (fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle and toaster)
  • Seating and living area
  • Lockable bathrooms with shower, sink and toilet (ratio 1:3)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking

Please note that rooms are on a first come first serve basis and subject to availability. We will place conference delegates together where possible.

To view photos and see a virtual tour of the Hall accommodation, please click on the link: