The Malaysian Association of Applied Linguistics International Conference (MAALIC) is a biennial conference organised by MAAL (Malaysian Association of Applied Linguistics). It is supported by various institutions and organisations. It aims to bring applied linguists from across the regions to share research outcomes and experiences as well as to network.


MAALIC 2021 was conducted virtually due to the restrictions of COVID-19. Although the pandemic restrictions have been partially uplifted, international travel was still limited then. Thus, the conference was hosted on online platform. The theme for the conference was “Applied Linguistics Research and Practices in the VUCA World: Embracing Digitalisation, Challenges and New Norms”.


MAALIC 2023 will be the 3rd conference hosted by MAAL (Malaysian Association of Applied Linguistics .It will be held in a hybrid mode: both physical and online participation. Since most countries have started opening up their borders, we would like to welcome our presenters and participants to MAALIC 2023, Kuala Lumpur. For those who are still restricted to travel abroad, we provide the opportunity to participate in the conference virtually with a limit to its number of participation. MAALIC 2023 will stipulate an excellent opportunity to meet experts in various areas of Applied Linguistics and Language education and teaching including interdisciplinary studies.
MAALIC 2023 will be held from September 5-6 2023 at the Swiss Garden and Resort Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.


Save these dates: 5-6 September 2023 and see you in Kuala Lumpur.


September 5 – 6, 2023

THEME: Innovating Society, Industry and Education through Applied Linguistics: Prospects and Challenges



Language and linguistics play central roles in our daily lives. This conference aims to showcase how applied linguistics and its sub-fields interpret the events which unravel in our VUCA world, as well as share insights on how applied linguistics can be used as a tool to provide solutions for a more sustainable world. We anticipate lively exchange of ideas on how language and communication in a multiplicity of languages and settings can help us brave the current bleak global landscape to move forward confidently to embrace new norms. This conference provides an opportunity to explore how applied linguistics can unravel the intricacies of interactions brought about by technology, and how innovations in the society, industry and education can enhance language use and communication towards sustainable development goals.

The Sub-themes of the conference consist of the following:


1.Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching and Learning

  • Language Teaching and Learning
  • Language in Education, Language for Academic Purposes
  • Second Language Acquisition, Language Acquisition and Attrition
  • Teacher Education and Teaching Practices
  • Innovations in Language Education

2. Applied Linguistics and Professional Communication

  • Language in the Workplace
  • Language for Specific and Vocational Purposes
  • Language and Law
  • Language and Ideology
  • Language and Identity
  • Language for Specific Purposes and Professional Practices

3. Multilingualism

  • Multilingualism and Multiliteracies
  • Language, Culture and Socialisation
  • Sociolinguistics

4. Applied Linguistics and Digital Literacy

  • Language and Technology
  • Language and Industrial Revolution 4.0
  • Language, Cognition and Brain Research
  • Language, Skills and Sustainable Economic Growth
  • Multimodality

5. Applied linguistics and cross-cultural communication

6. Applied Linguistics, Digital Technology and AI

  • Language and translation
  • Language Policy and Planning
  • Humanizing Digital Innovation

The conference is expected to be invaluable to students, educators, academics, researchers, industries, NGOs, government sectors, policy-makers and all those who prioritise their interests in the role of language and the society.

Important Dates :


Call for Paper (Abstract) – 15 February 2023

Deadline of Abstract Submission – 30 April 2023

Notification of Abstract Acceptance – 14 May 2023

Registration Fees


Physical / Onsite

Presenters – Malaysian

  • MAAL Members – RM600.00
  • Non MAAL Members – RM650


  • MAAL Members – RM400.00
  • Non MAAL Members – RM450

Presenters – (Non-Residents)

  • AILA Affiliate Members – USD 170
  • Non AILA Affiliate – USD 200

Virtual / Online

Presenters – Malaysian Resident

  • MAAL Member – RM350.00
  • Non MAAL Member – RM400.00

Participants (Malaysian Residents)

  • MAAL Member – RM200.00
  • Non MAAL member- RM250.00

Presenters – (Non-Residents)

  • AILA Affiliate Members – USD 100
  • Non AILA Affiliate – USD 130