Dr Vincent Greenier and Professor Lawrence Jun Zhang (University of Auckland) will be Guest Editors for a Special Issue of Sustainability that will focus on "Applied Linguistics and Language Education for Sustainable Development." The Special Issue will appear in early 2022.
As a discipline and a field of inquiry, applied linguistics was born to help improve people’s lives, support social change, and solve social problems through examinations of issues relating to how languages are used in daily events as well as in academic and workplace contexts at the micro- and meso-levels. At the macro-level, how language policy making and planning are determined and how such policies are enacted in practice are also of significance to this research endeavour. As an effective means for sustainable development, this Special Issue is interested in topics that investigate a range of issues in applied linguistics, especially in relation to TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages), teaching languages other than English that can be broadly categorised as second/foreign languages, bilingualism/multilingualism and bilingual/multilingual education, motivations for language learning, teacher identity, and English for specific and/or academic purposes. Specific topics can include race and class, language policy and planning, language-in-education policymaking, and linguistic and pedagogical issues around the use of socially inclusive languages, especially in academic and workplace contexts that are of particular interest to applied linguists, language teachers and language teacher educators.