About our association

AALL represents and supports academic language and learning educators in Australia.

AALL is a professional association committed to representing and supporting tertiary academic language and learning educators in Australia, and others with an active interest in the field. AALL aims to provide members with opportunities to extend their professional networks and to enhance their practice through discussion, professional development, presentations, publications and research.

AALL mission statement

AALL goals:

  1. encourage discussion, exchange information, share good practice and hold meetings and conferences on the diverse activities of academic language and learning in tertiary education in Australia,
  2. facilitate networks between academic language and learning educators, services and associate bodies in tertiary education nationally and internationally,
  3. identify, describe, analyse and discuss aspects of academic language and learning theory and practice through relevant research, professional development, publications and resources relating to learning and teaching and students’ experience of tertiary education,
  4. promote evidence-based practice and publish scholarly research via the association’s Journal of Academic Language and Learning,
  5. inform and advise the public, tertiary institutions and government bodies on academic language and learning development practices, quality assurance mechanisms and related policies, and
  6. promote quality, diversity, internationalisation and flexibility in language and learning development.

AALL constitution

The members of AALL play a vital role in their institutions by providing teaching, support and expertise to assist students in developing appropriate academic skills to enable them to succeed at their studies. To do this, ALL educators collaborate with other staff in the development of teaching and learning resources and activities alongside and embedded in the curriculum.

This role is an important one in today’s higher and further education institutions, given the increasing pressures to maintain excellence in teaching and learning with diminishing resources and given that there is good evidence that ALL educators are indeed able to impact on students’ development of skills, and overall success and retention.

The AALL Position Statement outlines the perspectives of the Association for Academic Language and Learning (AALL) on the range of knowledge, professional insights, and expertise requisite for academic language and learning educators in higher and further education.

In existence since 2005, AALL is committed to promoting and providing academic language and learning development through policies, practices and research that build, enhance and extend teaching and learning opportunities for all students and staff in all higher and further education settings.

AALL was formed in 2005 and since then has served as the professional body for ALL educators.

ALL educators work in most Australasian universities/tertiary institutions under the classification of either professional or academic staff.

AALL Executive