本刊主要栏目包括：英语教学法、二语习得、语言测试与评估、课程设计与教材评估、教师发展、语言政策、跨文化交际、专门用途英语教学、计算机辅助外语教学、翻译、词典学、书评与文评等。自2016年起，被Web of Science的新型资源索引（ESCI）收录。
China English Language Education Association
China English Language Education Association, also known as CELEA, is the professional organization under the aegis of China Association for Comparative Studies of English and Chinese. Founded in 1981, CELEA aims at promoting academic research in the field of applied linguistics, improving English language teaching in China and encouraging the academic communication among the domestic and the international scholars. CELEA became the affiliate of AILA in 2001， and the affiliate of IATEFL in 2011. Its affiliated journal is Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics.
The Standing Council, with its secretariat, is the leading organ of CELEA. CELEA has gone through four shifts of leadership since its foundation: Prof. Wang Zuoliang as the President of the 1st Standing Council, Prof. Xu Guozhang as the President of the 2nd, Prof. Hu Wenzhong as the President of the 3rd, Prof. Wen Qiufang as the President of the 4th, and Prof. Sun Youzhong as the current President. The present Standing Council of CELEA came into power in October, 2017.
CELEA focuses both on English language education in general and on different areas of research, including Second Language Writing, English Pronunciation Teaching and Research, Language Testing and Assessment, etc.
CELEA has organized many conferences of various scales in the field of language education and research, including the international conferences on ELT in China every three years, the 6th Pacific Second Language Research Forum in 2008, the 16th World Congress of Applied Linguistics in 2011, the 8th international conference of English as a Lingua Franca(ELF) in 2015, annual conferences on specific subjects of ELT, and regular national conferences in particular areas of research.
CELEA’s affiliated journal Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics(CJAL) is co-published by the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP), De Gruyter Mouton, and the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy. The Editor-in-chief is Professor Wen Qiufang. The journal has been included in the ESCI index of Web of Science since 2016.
CJAL is the only Chinese journal that publishes articles on applied linguistics in English. It plays an important role in helping international scholars to learn about relevant professional issues in applied linguistics in China. These include important topics in language education and second language acquisition. The journal also attracts submissions from researchers all over the world.