ALA 2024: Language Awareness, Education & Power

The 17th International Conference of the Association for Language Awareness will take place in 2024 as the 30th Anniversary Congress from 7 July to 10 July 2024 at Karlsruhe University of Education, Germany (#alaconference2024).

It is my great pleasure to welcome academics, researchers and practitioners to the 17th International Conference hosted by Prof. Dr. Dorothee Kohl-Dietrich and her team at Karlsruhe University of Education in Karlsruhe, Germany on the topic of "Language Awareness, Education, and Power".
Claudia Finkbeiner
Chair of the Association for Language Awareness
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You can register here (ConfTool) or contact us for further information. Submission deadline was 26 January 2024. Notification of acceptance will be 15 March 2024 (postponed from 8 March).


Due to the inherent multilingual and multicultural nature of many classrooms around the world in very often monolingual and monocultural settings and contexts, the role of which language to use, to teach and to learn has re-gained new and important relevance. This issue is directly related to the issue of power and ideology. It is therefore time to have a closer look at the intricate interplay of factors contributing to the relationship of language, education, and power and to discuss these issues in depth.  

The ALA 2024 conference will offer symposia, workshops, roundtables, paper presentations, and poster presentations and accept proposals related to Language, Education, and Power in the following areas:

  • Language Awareness in Language Education,
  • Teaching and Learning Language Awareness and Global Citizenship: Language Awareness in Political Institutions and Democratic Decision-Making Processes,
  • Language Awareness and the Media: Language Awareness in the Digital World,
  • Language Awareness and the Workplace: Language Awareness in Business, Marketing and Health Care,
  • Language Awareness, Media, and Artificial Intelligence,
  • Critical Language Awareness and Language Awareness and Decoloniality

We expect stimulating presentations and engaged on-site discussions by scholars and attendees from around the world. During the pandemic, we were able to offer high-standard digital ALA conferences in 2020 and in 2022. We are, however, very happy that we can now fully return to a face-to-face conference which will facilitate networking and team building. A special focus will also be put on building a network between early-career researchers and connecting them with more advanced scholars.

Become an ALA member!

 Being a member entitles you to receive a hard copy of the Language Awareness journal. To make sure you don't miss the first 2024 issue of the journal, become a member now

As a member, you are also entitled to discounted registration fee at ALA conferences, including Karlsruhe 2024, and a limited number of stipends for ALA conference attendance.

Being an ALA member, with a minimum of one year’s membership behind you, you can apply for a small grant if you want to hold a local event to promote Language Awareness (LA), spread knowledge about LA, and/or promote or support LA practice (your own or that of others). Such a grant could be used, for example, to cover costs associated with organizing and delivering a local workshop for teachers or activities in schools; or payment of visiting speaker fees. The sum applied for will typically be £100 to £500, but smaller or larger amounts can be considered.

(Preliminary) Conference Schedule

Keynote Speakers


Roundtable "Decolonising Applied Linguistics"

South-North Co-Chair

Invited Speakers

Registration and contact

Prices and Discounts

Participant GroupsEarly Bird (15 March - 14 April 2024)Regular (15 April - 14 June)Last Minute (15 June - 7 July 2024)
ALA Member225 Eur290 Eur360 Eur
Non-ALA Member275 Eur340 Eur410 Eur
PhD/Student ALA Member160 Eur190 Eur230 Eur
PhD/Student non-ALA Member200 Eur230 Eur270 Eur
Day Pass125 Eur125 Eur125 Eur


How to become a member.

Stipends available

The Association for Language Awareness is offering 5 stipends, each  of a maximum of £800 or equivalent, to enable participants to present a paper at the conference. Members whose proposals have been accepted may apply for a stipend in ONE of three categories below:

  1. Long-term ALA members (in continuous membership for at least 5 years, i.e. since 2019): two stipends available.
  2. Student members, including PhD students (students must still not have graduated until after the conference, and proof of current student status should be attached to the email application): one stipend available.
  3. Members resident in one of the countries designated by the European Educational Research Association as Low GDP countries. Residence will be determined by the mailing address currently recorded in the ALA membership list: two stipends available.
List of low GDP countries
EuropeAlbania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia,Turkey and Ukraine. 
North AmericaAll countries except Canada and the USA
South American and Caribbean Countriesexcluding Aruba, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Virgin Islands (US)
AfricaAll countries
AsiaAll countries, except Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Republic of Korea, Quatar, Japan, Kuwait, Israel, Oman, Singapore, Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Macao SAR, Hong Kong SAR
Australasia/OceaniaAll countries, except Australia and New Zealand


Want to apply for a stipend?
get in touch with

Banu Inan Karagul, PhD
Professor of ELT
Faculty of Education, ELT Department
Kocaeli University, Turkey

Venue and accommodation

Karlsruhe is a young and liberal-minded city and the seat of important federal government institutions, such as the Federal Court of Justice and the Federal Constitutional Court. Furthermore, Karlsruhe is a city of inventors and a technology hub, and, most importantly, a city of science, education and research. It has nine universities, 26 research institutions and about 40,000 students.

It is also a cultural hotspot with many different places of interest to visit during your stay at ALA 2024. 

Allocation of hotel rooms

HotelPriceReservation untilReservation keyword
Bürgerstrasse 4
76133 Karlsruhe
79 / 84 Eur
single room eco / comfort
breakfast included
7 June 2024Res. No. 20232383
Hirschstrasse 34
76133 Karlsruhe
89 Eur
single room
breakfast included
15 May 2024none
Berliner Hof
Douglasstrasse 7
76133 Karlsruhe
83 Eur
single room
breakfast included
1 June 2024ALA2024PHKA
Karl-Friedrich-Strasse 12
76133 Karlsruhe
119 / 139 Eur
single room classic / superior
breakfast included
7 June 2024ALA


Organising Committee

Sprechstunde während der Vorlesungszeit:
Montag, 18.00 -19.00 Uhr und n.V. im Webex

Bitte im StudIP eintragen!
Office Hours Between Terms
Wed., 28.02.2024, 12:00-13:00
Wed., 27.03.2024, 12:00-13:00
Wed., 10.04.2024, 12:00-13:00
and by appointment (BBB)
• Online registration via Stud.IP (Profile – Consultation Hours)
Sprechstunden in der vorlesungsfreien Zeit (3/223 oder BBB):
21.2.24 12:00 - 14:00
20.3.24 12:00 - 14:00
10.4.24 13:00 - 15:00
Anmeldung über stud.ip. (Profil - Sprechstundentermine).

Office hours (Please sign in on StudIP consultation hours): Mondays 12.00-01.00 or by appointment
Sprechstunde / Office Hours
Übersicht und Buchung auf Stud.IP. /
Dates and Registration on Stud.IP.
Sprechstunden in der vorlesungsfreien Zeit:
12.02.2024, 08:50-09:20 (3.224)
29.02.2024, 17:00-17:30 (BBB)
18.03.2024, 13:30-14:30 (BBB)
und nach Vereinbarung

Bitte melden Sie sich für Termine vorab in Stud.IP an.


  • CfP submission deadline was 26 January 2024, and
  • notification of acceptance is 15 March 2024.
Last updated: 29.02.2024
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