International Forum on Frontier Issues in Applied Linguistics
(Notice No. 1)

发布时间 2020/05/06

  In recent years, applied linguistics has made great progress and reached a general consensus about its functions and applications, but still many hot topics and cutting-edge issues remain controversial and worthy of further exploration and detailed discussion. In order to help push forward the field of applied linguistics, an International Forum on Frontier Issues in Applied Linguistics (IFFIAL) is going to be held in Hangzhou, which is sponsored by Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) and organized by Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP). Ten editorial departments of BFSU’s academic journals will co-organize the forum. 

  We have extended invitations to renowned linguists, both at home and abroad, to give keynote speeches. Various workshops will be organized on a variety of issues of interest. Scholars and researchers of applied linguistics will enjoy opportunities for academic exchange and cooperation. We expect the forum can provide up-to-date research findings, references and enlightenment for all the participants, promote theoretical construction and applied research of the discipline, and explore the trend development in applied linguistics.

  The matters of the forum are notified as follows.


Forum Organization

Sponsor: Beijing Foreign Studies University

Organizer: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press


Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics

Chinese Journal of ESP

Corpus Linguistics

Eurasian Humanities Studies

Foreign Language Education in China

Foreign Language Teaching and Research

German Humanities Studies

International Chinese Language Education

Journal of Language Policy and Language Planning

Translation Horizons


Date, Location and Languages

(1) Check-in time: 14:00-21:00, September 18, 2020 (UTC+8)

(2) Forum schedule: September 19-20, 2020 (UTC+8)

(3) Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China

(4) Working languages: Chinese and English


Keynote Speakers

  • James Lantolf, The Pennsylvania State University (US), Founding Editor of Language and Sociocultural Theory (Equinox Press, 2013) and Co-Editor of Applied Linguistics (Oxford University Press, 1993-1998)

  • Lawrence Jun Zhang, The University of Auckland (NZ), Co-Editor-in-Chief of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics (SSCI-indexed, Impact Factor: 1.93) (September 2016 to present) and  SAAL Quarterly (August 2005-January 2009)

  • Simon Borg, University of Leeds(UK), Editorial Board Member of TESOL Quarterly, Language Teaching Research and The Asian EFL Journal

  • Sun Youzhong, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Editor-in-Chief of International Forum, Chinese Journal of ESP and Intercultural Studies Forum

  • Wang Wenbin, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Associate Editor of Foreign Language Teaching and Research

  • Wen Qiufang, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Editor-in-Chief of Foreign Language Education in China and Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics

  • Zhao Yang, Peking University, Editor-in-Chief of International Chinese Language Education



(1)Topics for panels


(2) Topics for seminars 

Each of the ten academic journals of BFSU will offer topics respectively and host the seminars.


Call for Papers

(1) Forms of presentation

We invite proposals for the symposia, individual paper presentation, and poster presentation.

(An abstract can only be submitted in one of the three forms.)

• Symposia
Each symposium lasts 2 hours and 4 to 6 panel members are invited by the organizer. Each symposium consists of an introduction, presentations, discussion (optional), Q&A, and a concluding part. The organizers are required to submit the topic, introduction and summary of each presentation after they get the approval of the organizing committee.

• Individual paper presentations 
A block of 25 minutes will be designated for each individual paper presentation(20 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion). A title and an abstract of each paper, either in Chinese or in English, are to be submitted. If the title and the abstract are in Chinese, an English version is required.

• Poster presentations 
A title and an abstract of each poster, either in Chinese or in English, are required. 

(2) Proposal submission

Proposals for all presentations and posters should include a title (no more than 20 words), an abstract (no more than 250 words), and a briefer abstract (no more than 50 words) for the Forum Handbook. Author information such as name, title, education background, affiliation, email address and mobile phone number should be included.

◆ All proposals should be submitted online in advance on the forum’s official website:

◆ Publication opportunities: Participants can submit the full text of the paper online to one of the ten editorial departments within 2 months after the closure of the forum.


Registration and Consultation

(1) About fees

For general participants: 800 RMB / person (120 USD / person);

For full-time graduate students: 400 RMB / person (USD 60 / person) (Valid certificates such as student ID need to be shown upon check-in.);

The cost of accommodation and transportation is not included in the fees.

(2) About payment

Online payment or bank transfer is accepted. Bank transfer should be completed before September 10, 2020 (UTC+8). Detailed requirements of payment will be informed in Notice No. 2.

(3) About receipt

Participants who need a payment receipt must fill in the receipt header and leave taxpayer identification number when registering online. Electronic receipts will be emailed after the forum.

(4) About contact

Official website: will open in mid-May;

Consultation email address:;

Consultation Tel: (86) 010-88819582 (Mr. Liu for English); (86) 010-88819680 (Mr. Peng for Chinese).

Organizing Committee of IFFIAL

April 20, 2020