About SAALA:

Applied Linguistics in this context is understood to be an applied
academic discipline based on general linguistic theory and its
application in a wide variety of related academic fields having
language and language use as an object of academic enquiry. In the
South African context, the focus of applied linguistic research covers
the following fields of enquiry:

  • Academic literacy development
  • Bilingualism
  • Bilingual/multilingual education
  • Classroom discourse
  • Critical discourse analysis
  • Computer-assisted language
    learning (CALL)
  • Contrastive rhetoric
  • Discourse analysis
  • Discourse in professional
  • Gender studies
  • Genre analysis
  • Interactional sociolinguistics
  • Intercultural communication
    and pragmatics
  • Interpreting
  • Language acquisition (first,
    second, third and foreign)
  • Language assessment
  • Language awareness
  • Language and identity
  • Language, ideology and politics
  • Language and migration
  • Language policy and planning
  • Language rights
  • Language teacher education
    (pre- and in-service)
  • Language pedagogy
  • Language standardization
  • Listening and speaking
  • Literacy Studies
  • Materials development
  • Medium of instruction and
    language across the curriculum
  • Multilingualism
  • Multimodality
  • Professional discourse
  • Reading and Writing
  • Text analysis
  • Translation
  • World