IRAAL National Conference
Irish Association of Applied Linguistics - National Conference 2018
The theme of this year’s conference is Applied Linguistics and Language Strategies: Practices and Policies. The keynote speaker is Dr Peppi Taalas of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
With the publication of Ireland’s long awaited language strategy Languages Connect in December 2017, the Irish government has put forward an action plan for languages other than Irish or English in education, thereby formally recognising them as integral to the economic, social and cultural development of Ireland. In light of this development, as well as international politicized discourses of language learning, this year’s theme reflects upon a new era in language learning and use, and the policies and practices implicated.