The16th World Congress of Applied Linguistics, which opened on August 24, closed at 4:15 pm, August 28 in Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU).
Prof. Martin Bygate, President of the International Association of Applied Linguistics, delivered a speech at the closing ceremony, expressing his gratitude to Beijing Foreign Studies University for its outstanding organizing work and support to this Congress. He was happy that the Congress took place on the beautiful campus, and he pointed out that the up-to-date facilities in the Main Congress Building and the presentation rooms were a guarantee of the smooth-going of the conference. He especially thanked all the staff members from the university’s affiliated press, Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, for their hard work and consideration.
Prof. Jin Li, Vice-President of BFSU, made a speech on behalf of the university. She thanked all the keynote speakers and presenters who had brought to China newest achievements in the field of applied linguistics. She also expressed her sincere gratitude to the AILA Executive Board Members and the International Committee Members for their guidance and support in preparing for the Congress.
Prof. Wen Qiufang, President of CELEA and Chair of the Local Academic Committee of the 16th World Congress of Applied Linguistics, said that the Congress was a feast of intellectual exchange, through which “old research networks grow and new networks emerge. During her speech, a video was played to recall the touching and unforgettable moments in the 5-day Congress, which caused a sensation among the participants. When one after another smiling face appeared on the screen saying “Love AILA, Love China”, they applauded and smiled. Prof. Wen gave high evaluation of the Congress, saying that it had enlightened participants with innovative ideas about applied linguistics
This Congress marked the end of the present AILA Executive Board. Prof. Martin Bygate announced Prof. Bernd Rüschoff from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany the next President of AILA, and Prof. Claire Kramsch from the University of California, Berkeley the next vice-President of AILA.
The 17th World Congress of Applied Linguistics will be held in Brisbane, Australia in 2014. Dr. Christina Gkitsaki, Chair of the Australia Local Academic Committee, showed a video clip featuring the beautiful city of Brisbane and introducing the theme “One World, Many Languages” and the preparation work under way. She warmly invited scholars and researchers to Australia for another vibrant and memorable Congress in three years’ time.
A special session was set to express all the organizers’ and participants’ gratitude to the volunteers for their hard work and enthusiasm. Nicknamed “Orange T-shirts”, they were a special scene during the 5-day Congress.
In a warm and joyful atmosphere, the 16th World Congress closed, but the exchange of ideas in applied linguistics will continue.