ALANZ Symposium 2021


Saturday 27 November 2021




Registration fees: Members: $50 (to join ALANZ go to; Non-members: $75; Students: $15.
Diverse approaches in Applied Linguistics: Exploring perspectives, building connections

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.

ALANZ 2021 programme FINAL

Registration fees:
Members: $50 (to join ALANZ go to
Non-members: $75
Students: $15