Dear Friends and Colleagues:

It is an honor and pleasure for me to invite you to the 14th World Congress of Applied Linguistics. I take particular pride in this World Congress given my own long history with the American Association for Applied Linguistics, the host of this Congress. AILA Congresses provide a unique opportunity for scholars from all corners of the globe to meet for the purpose of sharing ideas and information presented by and enjoying the company of new friends and old, and putting a face on those whom we only know through email or in print.

The theme of this year’s congress, “The future is now,” is a timely one. International events have made everyone more aware of language and cultural differences among peoples, and these same events have made it imperative to create a world environment where differences can be appreciated. We, as applied linguists, have an important role to play in fostering tolerance through understanding. And the University of Wisconsin–Madison provides an ideal venue. It is a large land-grant university that represents the best of American education and, important to those interested in Applied Linguistics, the university is committed to ethnicity, diversity, and internationalism. The beautiful setting, stimulating intellectual program, and extensive social program ensure that a memorable time will be had by all.

I personally extend my warm invitation to each of you, and I hope to see you in Madison.

Susan Gass
AILA President

This page was updated on September 20, 2005 .


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