Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the AILA 2024 Organising Committee, I welcome all AILA affiliate members, academics and professionals in applied linguistics to the 21st AILA World Congress 2024.

AILA has reached its 60-year milestone and Malaysia has the honour of hosting the celebration of the 21st congress in beautiful Kuala Lumpur from August 11th -16th 2024.

The anniversary is a trilogy of world congresses celebrating 6 decades of AILA (1964 – 2024). It kicks off in Lyon with the 20th AILA World Congress in 2023 followed by the 21st congress in Kuala Lumpur. The final celebration in 2025 will be held at a destination to be announced soon.

Building on the success of previous congresses, the theme for the 2024 event is Linguistic Diversity, Inclusion and Sustainability. My team and I look forward to new outlooks and innovations in research work on various topics in the field of applied linguistics from scholars, academics, professionals in the industry and government.

In celebrating 60 years of AILA, the Kuala Lumpur programme promises an exciting hybrid of events offering an excellent platform for networking opportunities.

To be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, with the iconic PETRONAS Twin Towers as the backdrop, participants will enjoy the bustling city set against lush and serene surroundings that go beyond applied linguistics.
The AILA 2024 organising committee and I look forward to welcoming delegates from around the world in August 2024.

Selamat Datang to Kuala Lumpur!

Prof. Dr. Shameem Rafik-Galea


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