BAAL VocabSIG Annual Conference 2020

**Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the conference was cancelled. We are planning to hold it at the same venue in 2021.

More details will be available in due course**



 “Vocabulary studies: intersection between theory, research, pedagogy and materials development”

Annual Conference of the BAAL Vocabulary Studies SIG 2020

Hosted by the Department of Applied Linguistics and the School of English at the University of Sheffield

Dates: Thursday 23rd April, 2020, 13.00-18.30 and

Friday 24th April, 2020, 09.00-17.00

Location: Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street, S3 7QY, Sheffield

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

  • Senior Lecturer Dana Gablasova, Lancaster University
  • Associate Professor Phil Durrant, University of Exeter

The theme of this year’s Vocabulary Studies SIG conference will provide a forum for discussion of vocabulary research from multiple perspectives, with the aim to reflect on the intersection between theory, research and practice. The conference will be an excellent opportunity for participants to engage with present and future vocabulary research venues, and to foster fruitful discussion on how vocabulary research can inform theory and practice, as well as its implications for vocabulary development and use in diverse learning contexts.

We invite abstracts for paper and poster presentations on any topic related to the teaching, learning, processing, use, and assessment of vocabulary (e.g. corpus linguistic approaches to the study of vocabulary; classroom-based research on the learning and teaching of vocabulary; formulaic language; psycholinguistic studies on the processing of vocabulary; vocabulary assessment, etc.). We particularly welcome abstracts based on empirical data.

We welcome proposals for: a) Paper presentations (20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions) and b) and poster proposals. A title and a 300-word abstract should be submitted to by the 1st of February 2020. Please specify in your email if your submission is for a poster or paper presentation and do not add tables or diagrams in the abstract submission.

For the first time this year, and in the interest of inclusion, the conference will provide British Sign Language interpreting during the talks, if required by attendees. The delegates should let us know if they are in need of sign language interpreters upon registration for the conference.

Important dates:

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 1st February 2020

Results communicated: 2nd March 2020

Registration starts: 15th February 2020

To register please go to

Registration deadline: 29th March 2020

Conference fees (including refreshments and lunch):

Conference fees
Non-BAAL Member £65
BAAL Member £55
Students £40
BAAL Member Students £30
  • The above price covers attendance on both days, Friday lunch, and teas/coffees both days.
  • There will also be an optional conference dinner on Thursday the 23rd

More information about registration and travel arrangements will be available at in due course.

If you have any questions, contact us at

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Sheffield!

Local organiser:

Beatriz González-Fernández, The University of Sheffield

Conference organizers:

Convenor: Ana Pellicer-Sánchez, UCL Institute of Education

Secretary: Roopa Leonard, University of Reading

Treasurer: Pawel Szudarski, University of Nottingham

Web Editor: Verónica García-Castro, University of Costa Rica

BAAL Vocabulary SIG 2019 Conference Programme

BAAL Vocabulary SIG 2019

Conference Programme

Thursday 25th April

Time Event Location
12.00-12.45 Registration GM Atrium
12.45-13.00 Opening GM LT7
13.00-13.30 Lexical and conceptual expectations in native and non-native speakers’ processing of verb-noun collocations

Cylcia Bolibaugh

13.30-14.00 Do words come easy? L2 vocabulary development as a result of a SA experience (S)

Judith Borràs-Andrés

14.00-14.30 Moving the field of vocabulary assessment forward: The need for more rigorous test development and validation

Norbert Schmitt

14.30-15.00 Coffee break   GM Atrium
15.00-15.30 L2 lexical engagement of the meaning of novel words and the (in)significance of individual differences (S)

Verónica García Castro

15.30-16.00 Can vocabulary learning occur by chance? An empirical study on incidental vocabulary learning in the digital era (S)

Danyang Zhang

16.00-16.30 Learning L2 vocabulary from reading-only, reading-while-listening, and reading with textual input enhancement: Insights from Vietnamese EFL learners (S)

Duy Van Vu

Elke Peters

16.30-17.00 Break (group picture) GM Atrium
17.00-18.00 Plenary talk 1

The importance of (good) input on vocabulary learning: The case of formulaic language

Associate Professor Kathy Conklin

19.00 Conference Dinner Zouk Restaurant


 Friday 26th April

Time Event Location
9.15-9.45 The effect of incidental and explicit dual-mode exposure on vocabulary learning among EFL learners (S)

Imane Berrouba Tani 

9.45-10.15 Does a reflection on the semantic motivation of Spanish idioms foster their acquisition? A teaching proposal inspired by Cognitive linguistics (S)

Clara Ureña Tormo
Hélène Stengers
Julie Deconinck

10.15-10.45 Interpreting idioms from context: Evidence from eye-movement patterns in native speakers

Gareth Carrol,
Jeannette Littlemore

10.45-11.15 Coffee break GM Atrium
11.15-11.45 Incidental vocabulary learning as a function of verbal-visual contiguity: duration, frequency, and ratio in L2 captioned videos (S)

Souheyla Ghebghoub

11.45-12.15 Understanding  the  vocabulary  knowledge  construct:  An  empirical examination across L2 learner populations and proficiency levels

Beatriz González Fernández

12.15-12.45 Phonological variables are more important than vocabulary in L2 listening among Chinese learners of English

Yun Wang
Jeanine Treffers-Daller
Suzanne Graham

12.45-13.00 Preparation for Poster session GM Atrium
13.00-14.30  Lunch Break

 Poster Presentations:

1.      The investigation into vocabulary learning strategies in a target language community

Nur Afiqah Ab Rahman

 2.      Signalling nouns in learner and native speaker English

Abdulrahman Alharbi

 3.      The effect of an explicit awareness-raising approach on lexical collocation awareness and knowledge of female undergraduate Saudi students majoring in the English language

Mai Alqaed

 4.      L2 incidental vocabulary learning through different modes of input: The role of frequency of occurrence and working memory

Hassan Alshumrani

 5.      Towards a framework for word list evaluation

Sarah Alzeer

 6.      The learning burden and decay of foreign language vocabulary knowledge – The effect of form presentation mode

Samuel Barclay

 7.      How is a vocabulary lost: ‘Pit talk’ in the East Midlands

Natalie Braber

 8.      Vocabulary size as a proxy for the socio-economic status in partner selection

Michael Daller, Zehra Ongun

 9.      Second language learners’ knowledge of academic spoken vocabulary: form, meaning, and word class

Yen Dang, Marijana Macis

 10.  Following individual paths: An investigation of students‘ instructed and non-instructed steps towards vocabulary development

Katharina Ghamarian

 11.  Lexical error analysis: Unpicking a knotty problem

Anthony Picot

 12.  Successful lexical inferencing strategies and cultural topic Familiarity during reading

Nesreen Al Ahmadi

 13.  The effects of timing and modality of teaching on learners’ retention of academic and technical vocabulary

Khaled AlAmri

GM Atrium
14.30-15.30 Plenary talk 2

The Need for Teacher Cognition Research on Vocabulary Teaching and Learning

Professor Emerita Birgit Henriksen


15.30-16.00 Break

 Votes for best poster and best student presentation

GM Atrium

Announcement of winners and Closing Remarks & AGM



Important notes:

  1. Letter S next to some of the presentation titles means that these are student presentations.
  2. GM LT7 and GM Atrium are based on the ground floor in the Geoffrey Manton Building.


Election 2018

Currently, three positions (Convenor, Treasurer and Secretary) of the current Vocab SIG committee have come to the end of their second period of two years serving time. These three positions are therefore facing a new election.

We already have members who have expressed their interest in the three positions and we welcome any other expressions of interest. If you wish to stand for any of these positions, please post your name, the position you would like to apply and a brief description detailing what motivates you to apply for this position, why you should be elected and what you can bring to the Vocab SIG in your serving time to by 29th of June 2018.

The election will be conducted at this year’s Vocabulary SIG Annual Conference at UCL, London. You will need to be a BAAL member to be eligible to apply for any of the positions or to vote at the conference. Detailed information of BAAL Vocab SIG and its constitution can be found here at

Election for New BAAL Vocab SIG Committee

The current Vocab SIG committee has come to the end of its period of two years serving time and the committee is facing a new election. The current committee members are Dr. Michael Daller (Reading University), Dr. Ana Pellicer Sanchez (Nottingham University) and Yixin Wang-Taylor (PhD candidate of Swansea University). Although the committee members are happy to stand for another term, the Vocab SIG welcomes new applicants. If you wish to stand for any position, please post your name, the position you would like to apply and a brief biography (150 words) to by 1st October 2016. In the biography, please demonstrate what motivates you to apply for this position, why you should be elected and what you can bring to the Vocab SIG in your serving time. The biography will be open to every Vocab SIG member if an online election is needed. To be an eligible applicant, you will have to be a BAAL member.

Welcome to our Vocabulary Special Interest Group

This blog is now open to everybody who is interested in vocabulary studies. Future events and notices will be published here. Any brainstorming will be welcomed. With every member’s contribution, we hope this blog will bring energy into the British Applied Linguistics. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to send an email to