Professional Organizations and Resources

Below is a list of major organizations, journals, and conferences in the field of Applied Linguistics and TESOL. Links useful for research and professional development opportunities are included as well. Each category is alphabetically ordered.




American Association for Applied Linguistics: The American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) home page includes information on the executive committee, application for membership, awards, resolutions, upcoming conferences and more.


British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL): BAAL is a professional association based in the UK, which provides a forum for people interested in language and the applications of linguistics. BAAL organizes scientific meetings, and publishes a newsletter and conference proceedings.


Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics/Association canadienne de linguistique appliquie(CAAL/ACLA): CAAL/ACLA is the official association of applied linguistics for Canada. It publishes a bi-yearly journal (the Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics/la Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquie) and holds a yearly conference at which over one hundred papers are given, in either official language, on a variety of topics in applied linguistics.


Center for Applied Linguistics: The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) aims to promote and improve the teaching and learning of languages, identify and solve problems related to language and culture, and serve as a resource for information about language and culture.


European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA): The purpose of EALTA is to promote the understanding of theoretical principles of language testing and assessment, and the improvement and sharing of testing and assessment practices throughout Europe. EALTA is a professional association for language testers in Europe.


European Second Language Association (EuroSLA): EuroSLA is a society for people with a research interest in Second Language Acquisition. It runs an annual conference for its members, and a number of specialized seminar meetings. Some of this work is published in an annual publication.


International Association for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL): This organization offers a range of regular publications, including IATEFL Issues and the newsletters of the Special Interest Groups (SIGS), with news and articles on the latest developments in English language teaching written by leading writers from all sectors of the profession; an on-going world-wide program of events for ELT professionals; an Annual International Conference attracting 1500+ delegates with a program of talks, workshops and a chance to see all the latest publications and services in a full ELT resources exhibition.


International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL): IASCL was founded to promote international and interdisciplinary cooperation in the study of child language. Its major activity is the sponsorship of the triennial International Congress for the Study of Child Language. In addition to the congresses, the IASCL produces the Child Language Bulletin approximately twice a year, with directory information, book notices, a conference calendar, and other useful information.


International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA): AILA is the international federation of national or regional associations of Applied Linguistics. It organizes conferences, and other activities in the field of applied linguistics. Through its member associations, AILA currently has a membership of more than 8,000 individuals worldwide who as researchers, policy makers or practitioners are active in the field of Applied Linguistics.


International Language Testing Association (ILTA): The purpose of the organization is to promote the improvement of language testing throughout the world.


International Linguistic Association: The International Linguistic Association (ILA) is a group of linguists at colleges and universities in the New York area. The ILA publishes its journal Word, which appears three times a year. Each issue contains articles and reviews.


International Pragmatics Association (IPrA): The International Pragmatics Association (IPrA) is an international scientific organization devoted to the study of language use. It was established in 1986 to represent the field of pragmatics in its widest interdisciplinary sense as a functional perspective on language and communication. IPrA is a recognized member of the Consortium of Affiliates for International Programs of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


International Systemic-Functional Linguistics Association (ISFLA): The main aim of ISFLA is the organization of Systemic-Functional events, and the promotion of Systemic-Functional Linguistics in the international context.


Linguistic Society of America (LSA): The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) is the largest linguistic society in the world and welcomes linguists of all kinds.


National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE): The National Association for Bilingual Education is a professional organization concerned with the education of language-minority students in American schools.


National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA): NCELA collects, coordinates, and conveys a broad range of research and resources in support of an inclusive approach to high quality education for ELs. To fulfill its mission, NCELA supports high quality networking among state-level administrators of Title III programs. In addition to SEA coordinators, NCELA serves other stakeholders involved in ELL education, including teachers and other practitioners, parents, university faculty, administrators, and federal policymaker.


NYS TESOL: NYS TESOL is a nonprofit group of professionals concerned with the education of English language learners at all levels of public and private education in New York State. Their interests include classroom practices, research, program and curriculum development, finding, and legislation.


TESOL Online: TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.) is an international professional association for ESL/EFL/ESOL teachers (teachers of English to speakers of other languages).





Annual Review of Applied Linguistics (ARAL)


Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics (ARCL)


Annual Review of Language Acquisition (ARLA)


Applied Linguistics (AL)


Applied Measurement in Education


Applied Psycholinguistics


Brain and Cognition


Brain and Language


Canadian Modern Language Review (CMLR)




Discourse and Society


Discourse Processes – .VX8d41xViko


Discourse Studies


ELT Journal


Foreign Language Annals


Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching – .VX8ea1xViko


International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism – .VX8ellxViko


International Journal of Multilingualism


International Journal of the Sociology of Language (IJSL)


Intercultural Pragmatics (IP)


International Review of Applied Linguistics (IRAL)


Issues in Applied Linguistics (IAL)


Journal of Applied Linguistics (JAL)


Journal of Applied Measurement


Journal of Linguistics


Journal of Memory and Language


Journal of Neurolinguistics


Journal of Pragmatics


Journal of Psycholinguistic Research


Journal of Research in Reading


Journal of Sociolinguistics




Language and Education – .VX8kd1xViko


Language and Intercultural Communication – .VX8kUFxViko


Language Acquisition – .VX8jelxViko


Language Assessment Quarterly (LAQ)


Language Awareness – .VX8kIVxViko


Language in Society


Language Learning (LL)


Language Learning and Development


Language Learning and Technology (LLT)


Language Policy


Language Teaching


Language Teaching Research


Language Testing (LT)




Linguistics and Education


Linguistics and Philosophy


Mind and Language


The Modern Language Journal (MLJ)




Reading in a Foreign Language


RELC Journal


Research on Language and Social Interaction (ROLSI)


Review of Applied Linguistics (ITL)


Second Language Research (SLR)


Studies in Second Language Acquisition (SSLA)




TESL Canada Journal


TESOL Quarterly




Theoretical Linguistics


University of Hawaii Second Language Studies


World Englishes





American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference


American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Convention 


The Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) Conference


East Coast Organization of Language Testers


Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics (GURT)


International Pragmatics Conference*CONFERENCE2006


International Symposium on Bilingualism


Language and Social Interaction Working Group (LANSI)


Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC)


Second Language Research Forum (SLRF)


Symposium on Second Language Writing


Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) Conference


Teachers College Columbia University Roundtable in Second Language Studies (TCCRISLS)


TESOL Convention





The Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Program: The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.


TESOL International Research Foundation (TIRF): TIRF is an international non-profit organization whose goal is to generate new knowledge about English language teaching and learning worldwide. TIRF plans to apply the research to practical language problems, launching a coordinated effort among ESL authors, publishers, philanthropic foundations, government agencies, and major companies towards a unified development program to collect, organize, and disseminate its findings.


National Science Foundation (NSF) Program in Linguistics: The Linguistics program of NSF supports scientific research of all types that focus on human language as an object of investigation. The program supports research on the syntactic, semantic, phonetic, and phonological properties of individual languages and of language in general; the psychological processes involved in the use of language; the development of linguistic capacities in children; social and cultural factors in language use, variation, and change; the acoustics of speech and the physiological and psychological processes involved in the production and perception of speech; and the biological bases of language in the brain.





Bibliography of Pragmatics Online: The Bibliography of Pragmatics Online is an annotated bibliography of the interdisciplinary field of linguistic pragmatics (cognitive, social, and cultural). It covers topics from accommodation theory, analytical philosophy, and anthropological linguistics to cognitive linguistics, conversation analysis, discourse analysis, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, relevance theory, sociolinguistics, and speech act theory, to name just a few.


Dissertation Abstracts International (DAI): ProQuest Digital Dissertations (PQDD) is a searchable online database of doctoral dissertations and master’s theses. (Note: Teachers College students can access the entire database through the Milbank Library website.)


Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC): ERIC is a national information system funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to provide access to education literature and resources.


Child Language Exchange Database System (CHILDES): The Child Language Data Exchange System (CHILDES) is a corpus that serves as a central repository for first language acquisition data. It has contents (transcripts, audio, and video) in over 20 languages, all of which are publicly available worldwide.


Second Language Acquisition Bibliography (SLABIB): SLABIB consists of circa 7000 references, drawn from bibliographies, web-sources etc, emphasizing older sources rather than the latest journal.


The Linguist: The Linguist is an online community where academic linguists can discuss linguistic issues and exchange linguistic information.



JOBS is an online database for job seekers and employers focused exclusively on open positions at colleges and universities. is one of the largest networks in North America for employment opportunities. If you are a teaching job seeker, you can freely search and browse jobs throughout the United States and Canada, or even post your resume. Professional Network: The TEFL.COM Network is one of the world’s largest sources of worldwide jobs for the ELT professional. This system enables job-seekers to view international jobs in real-time and post a resume online.


The Linguist List Job List: This part of the LINGUIST List site is designed to provide information about jobs for linguists. The database includes all job announcements posted after December 31, 2001.