AESLA 2016:Editor's Preface

This volume offers a selection of thirty nine papers presented at the the 34th International Conference of the Spanish Society for Applied Linguistics (AESLA 2016) held on April 12-15, 2016 in Alicante. For this volume we have selected only the papers written in English, since the volume addresses an international audience. All papers place different considerations about the applied linguistics field. The authors’ reflections on Professional and Academic Discourse: an Interdisciplinary Perspective fall into eight different areas of research: Language acquisition, Language teaching, Language for specific purposes, Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics, Discourse analysis, Corpus linguistics, computational linguistics and linguistic engineering and Translation and interpreting.  At the end of the review process, a total of 39 high quality research papers were selected and accepted for publication.


The editor would like to express her gratitude to everyone involved in AESLA 2016 event and in this volume. First, I would like to thank IULMA, the Faculty of Arts and the Departments of English Studies and Spanish Studies, General Linguistics & Literature Theory of the University of Alicante for their support, assistance and cooperation. I would like to express gratitude and appreciation to the AESLA Executive Board Members for their support and guidance. I also thank the members of the Local Organizing Committee for their help and collaboration throughout the different stages of the conference. I am also  grateful for the financial support given by the Ministry of Economics and Competitivity (ref. FFI2015-63184-CIN) and the Education Department of Valencian Regional Government (Consellería de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, Generalitat Valenciana, Ref. AORG/2016/140) for the organization of the conference and publication of the proceedings.

Last but not least, I would like to thank for their high-level blind reviews and hard work to the AESLA directors of the different panels (Program Committee) and the Additional Reviewers.

Chelo Vargas-Sierra, PhD
Senior lecturer
University of Alicante, Spain.
February 15, 2017