About ACLL

Photographs of The Asian Conference on Language Learning 2017 (ACLL2017) in Kobe, Japan

Photographs of The Asian Conference on Language Learning 2017 (ACLL2017) in Kobe, Japan

On an individual level the ability to speak and operate in another language opens new worlds of possibilities, and allows unmediated access to peoples, cultures, and both literary and academic works.

IAFOR conferences are laboratories of intercultural communication, as a typical conference may contain delegates from anywhere between 30 to 60 different countries. This makes our vision of an academic platform at the intersection of culture, nation and discipline a reality, and makes for an extremely diverse and rich conference environment.

Language is a powerful tool, and the prominence given to language learning in the IAFOR programme underscores the crucial role language learning and teaching plays in facilitating and building the many necessary bridges in communication between individuals, cultures and societies within the global context.

Our events offer the chance for scholars and practitioners to exchange the latest ideas and approaches, attend workshops and interact with some of the biggest names in the field. What’s more, IAFOR’s language learning conferences are organised in partnership with some of the world’s leading universities and language learning associations, including Birkbeck University of London, Virginia Tech, Moscow State University, Waseda University, University of Sussex, University of Indonesia, National Association of Teachers of English (NATE), Russia, and National Association of Applied Linguistics, Russia. These partnerships attest to the excellence of our programme, but also mean that our conferences are exceptional platforms to disseminate your research.

The Asian Conference on Language Learning (ACLL) brings together delegates from many different national, cultural and linguistic backgrounds to Tokyo, Japan, to present new research and exchange ideas. This exceptional platform welcomes speakers and delegates working in any area of education, from academics and theorists to policymakers and practitioners, in both the private and public sectors, for challenging debate and stimulating discussions around the latest concepts and newest approaches.


Previous Speakers

The speakers below, among others, have presented their research at IAFOR's conferences on language learning.

Christine Coombe, Past President of both TESOL Arabia and TESOL International; Eiko Kato-Otani, President of Osaka Jogakuin University and educational technology specialist; Kay Irie, language and psychology expert and Gakushuin Professor; Ken Wilson, internationally acclaimed materials author; Svetlana Ter Minasova, Founding Dean and current President of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Areas Studies at Moscow State University, and President of the The National Association of Teachers of English (NATE), Russia; Alan Maley, renowned English language teaching pioneer; Ted O’Neill, technology and language learning expert; Steve Cornwell, Japan Association of Language Teaching (JALT) Director of Program and IAFOR International Director of Programme for Language Learning; Insung Jung, Professor at the International Christian University, Japan and leading authority on open and distance Learning; Stephen Ryan, Waseda Professor and motivation and language expert.


Other IAFOR Conferences in Language Learning


Ways to Get Involved

IAFOR depends on the assistance of a large number of international academics and practitioners who contribute in a variety of ways to our shared mission of promoting international exchange, facilitating intercultural awareness, encouraging interdisciplinary discussion and generating and sharing new knowledge. We are grateful for the time, effort and expertise donated by all our volunteer contributors.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved:

IAFOR Membership

IAFOR membership provides an exceptional opportunity to be a part of a leading global academic organisation, network and platform that is committed to nurturing the very best in interdisciplinary research in the global public interest. Membership is open to all scholars, professionals and policymakers, researchers, or those with a strong professional interest in education.

Reviewing

With thousands of abstracts submitted each year for presentation at our conferences, IAFOR relies on academics around the world to ensure a fair and timely peer review process in keeping with established international norms of double-blind peer review. Our peer review process, which involves both reciprocal review and the use of Review Committees, is overseen by conference Organising Committee members under the guidance of the Academic Governing Board.

If you hold a PhD or another terminal degree in your field, are a current or former faculty member and have previous peer review experience, we encourage you to join the ACLL Review Committee. To apply, please send your CV to acll@iafor.org.

Editing

IAFOR publishes over a dozen online, Open Access, editorially independent journals across a variety of disciplines, which are associated with IAFOR’s conferences. IAFOR journals are edited by academics who are experts in their fields, and journal submissions are evaluated by Editorial Board members and peer reviewers across the globe who have the relevant qualifications and expertise.

Editors of IAFOR journals welcome applications for Editorial Board membership from individuals holding a PhD or another terminal degree in a field relevant to the journal. Previous editorial and peer review experience is preferred. To apply, please send your CV to publications@iafor.org.

Publishing

Journals

Publish your research in one of IAFOR’s Open Access, editorially independent journals. Articles may be submitted via open calls for papers. Authors publishing with IAFOR are not required to pay submission or publication fees of any kind, and IAFOR journals are available to a global readership online, completely free of charge and without delay or embargo.


Conference Proceedings

If your abstract has been accepted, and you presented the work at ACLL (including Virtual Presentations), you are encouraged to submit a full paper via the online submission system for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings, which will be made available online. For further details of how to submit your paper, please view the Final Paper Submission page. IAFOR Conference Proceedings are Open Access research repositories that act as permanent records of the research generated by IAFOR conferences. Please note that works published in the Conference Proceedings cannot be considered for publication in IAFOR journals.


THINK

THINK, The Academic Platform, is IAFOR’s online magazine, publishing the latest in interdisciplinary research and ideas from some of the world’s foremost academics, many of whom have presented at IAFOR conferences. Content is varied in both subject and form, with everything from in-depth articles to shorter opinion pieces, interviews, film and photography.

THINK gives academics the opportunity to step outside of the traditional research publishing status quo – to get creative, explore different disciplines and to have their ideas heard, shared and discussed by a global academic audience.

To write for THINK, please view the Submit page on the THINK website and then send your article proposal to publications@iafor.org.

Volunteering

Are you a student? Would you like to meet delegates and academics who are experts in their fields, practice your communication skills and experience a truly international academic event? The IAFOR Volunteer Programme offers opportunities for students to assist at IAFOR conferences such as ACLL, involving responsibilities such as greeting participants, helping with registration and guiding participants to presentation rooms. To find out more about volunteering at an IAFOR event, please visit the IAFOR Volunteer Programme page.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to suggest additional ways in which you could contribute to IAFOR’s interdisciplinary activities, please feel free to email acll@iafor.org.