AILA is the acronym for Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée or International Association of Applied Linguistics.
AILA is the international federation of national or regional associations of Applied Linguistics. Through its member associations, AILA currently has a membership of more than 8.000 individuals worldwide who as researchers, policy makers or practitioners are active in the field of Applied Linguistics.
The problems Applied Linguistics deals with range from aspects of the linguistic and communicative competence of the individual such as first or second language acquisition, literacy, language disorders, etc. to language and communication related problems in and between societies such as e.g. language variation and linguistic discrimination, multilingualism, language conflict, language policy and language planning.
AILA stimulates its members to organize Research Networks (ReNs). A ReN seeks to promote research and its dissemination in all academic areas of AILA, with a particular focus on areas that have the potential for new cross-disciplinary research. ReNs exist for three years and can be renewed. At any point in time, there will be about 15 ReNs in existence.