MAALIC 2021 aims at providing a forum for academics, researchers, teachers and educational representatives, industry practitioners to share their knowledge, ideas, creativity and innovation within the field of applied linguistics including interconnections between other fields. MAALIC 2021 conference tracks include (but are not limited to):

1. Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching and Learning
  • Language Teaching and Learning
  • Innovation in language teaching and learning
  • Foreign language teaching and applied linguistics
  • Language in Education, Language for Academic Purposes
  • Literature in language teaching and learning
  • Reading, Writing and Literacy
  • Second Language Acquisition, Language Acquisition and Attrition
  • Teacher Education and Teaching Practices
  • Intercultural education
2. Applied Linguistics, Discourse studies and Professional Communication
  • Language in the Workplace
  • Language for Specific and Vocational Purposes
  • Applied linguistics and cross-cultural communication
  • Language and Law
  • Language and Ideology
  • Language and Identity
  • Discourse analysis
  • Written, spoken and multimodal text
  • Cross-cultural/intercultural communication
  • Critical discourse analysis
  • Computer-assisted/corpus-based
  • Genre analysis
  • Digital media
3. Bilingualism and Multilingualism
  • Multilingualism and Multiliteracies
  • Bilingual education in practice
  • Language, Culture and Socialisation
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives on multilingualism
4. Applied Linguistics, Technology 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. Language Assessment & Evaluation
  • Language testing and assessment
  • Language program evaluation at work (Uses, frameworks, methods, approaches etc)
  • Social dimensions of language assessment
6. Language Planning, Policy and Preservation
  • Language Policy and Planning
  • Language curriculum development
  • Language policy and language preservation
  • Language documentation and language mapping
  • Intercultural education policies
7. Language and Translation
  • Translation and interpretation studies
  • Translation in the Language classroom
  • Translation and interpretation in the workplace

8. Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics

9. Other areas of Applied Linguistics



Keynote Speakers

Professor Vijay Bhatia, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Andrew Moody (2)

Associate Professor Andrew Moody, University of Macau

Lorna Carson

Professor Lorna Carson, Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin

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Dr Susanto Saman, Bandar Lampung University, Indonesia


  • Associate Prof. Dr. Hadina Habil (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)
  • Associate Prof. Dr. Afiza Mohamad Ali (International Islamic University Malaysia)
  • Associate Prof. Dr. Geshina Mat Saad (Universiti Sains Malaysia)
  • Dr. Renate Kärchner-Ober (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
  • Prof. Dr. Wang Xiao Mei (Xiamen University Malaysia)
  • Assistant Prof. Dr. Radhika Jaidev (Singapore Institute of Technology)
  • Assistant Prof. Dr. Vahid Aryadoust (National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University)
  • Dr. Sumathi Renganathan (Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman)
  • Dr. Chau Meng Huat (University of Malaya)
  • Dr. Noor Ida Ramli (Universiti Teknologi MARA)



Call for Abstracts

1st Call: 31st May 2021
2nd Call: 30th June 2021
3rd Call: 30th July 2021
Final Deadline: 20th August 2021

Notification of Abstract Acceptance

1st Call: 15th June 2021
2nd Call: 15th July 2021

3rd Call: 15th August 2021
Final Call: 20th August 2021

Deadline for Registration and Payment

Paper Presenters: 20th August 2021 (or within 7 days upon abstract acceptance)
Participants: 30th August 2021

Who Should Attend

The conference is expected to benefit students, educators, academics, researchers, industries, NGOs, government sector, policy-makers and all those with an interest in the role of language in society.

Types of Presentation

WORKSHOPS (90 minutes)
PANEL/SYMPOSIA (based on themes-2 hours)