We are excited to announce we are running a series of reading club activities!
What is Open Applied Linguistics Reading Club?
The Reading Club is dedicated to introducing and promoting discussion on the essential readings related to open scholarship in applied linguistics. It provides opportunities for people to read and share ideas in groups and make connections with others who are interested in open science. The readings discussed in the Reading Club are usually selected from our Research Library.
What are the primary objectives of the Reading Club?
This Reading Club aims to:
  • raise the awareness of open scholarship in applied linguistics among our readers and the wider public
  • encourage reading, discussion, and critical thinking on scholarly work about open scholarship in applied linguistics
  • promote the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and opinions between authors and readers as well as among readers
  • help our readers reflect on their practices and experience with open scholarship in applied linguistics
How does it work?
All our events will take place online. We have the Meet the Authors events where the authors of the particular readings talk about the work, followed by free discussion and Q&A. We also have the more reader-centered Open Reader events, where the ReN selects the work and guides the discussion.
Am I eligible to attend?
Anyone interested in open scholarship in applied linguistics is welcome to attend! You do not have to be a member to attend the Reading Club but it would help us a lot if you could register (for free) here to become a network member. To receive the Zoom information for the event, you need to register via our Eventbrite page.
Why should I attend?
By attending the reading club, you can:
  • Deepen your understanding of open scholarship. The knowledge of open scholarship is essential to the interpretation and implementation of research. If you are interested in open scholarship in applied linguistics, our reading club is the place for you. You will have the chance to ask the authors and other readers questions and seek clarification of key concepts and issues.
  • Develop a reading habit and improve reading skills. We aim to hold events every month during term time. This is a good opportunity to develop your habit of reading about open scholarship in applied linguistics. Our events are usually surrounded around certain themes. This means you can read about work on major themes of open scholarship systematically.
  • Contribute to the advancement of open scholarship in applied linguistics. Open scholarship is still new to many in our field. By engaging in the reading club, you help expand the influence of these key readings in applied linguistics. This is a good way to show your support and appreciation to those who work hard in the open scholarship initiatives in applied linguistics and beyond.
  • Benefit your professional development. The reading club is not only a place to get to know researchers who have expertise in open scholarship, but also provides a friendly environment for you to meet with people who are enthusiastic about open scholarship. Upon individual request, we are able to issue a Certificate of Attendance with your name to benefit your professional or personal development.
What should I do before attending?
We strongly recommend you do the following to make the most of the event:
  • Read the work to be discussed at the event. You will know which reading will be discussed on the poster or on the registration page.
  • Prepare questions and short comments you may have to discuss with the authors or other readers during the events.
How to join the Reading Club events?
There are many ways to learn about our new events. You can:
  • Follow us on Eventbrite. Any event registrations will be published there.
  • Follow our Twitter or Facebook accounts. We will post registration links for the events.
  • Subscribe to our mailing list to become a member. We will send out news about our research network to our members on a regular basis.
  • Check out our website for event updates.
What if I have questions?
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: