The Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS) was started in 1964 with a conference at the University of Leeds and was officially accredited to the Commonwealth in 2005.

The objectives of ACLALS are to promote and coordinate Commonwealth Literature Studies, organize seminars and workshops, arrange lectures by writers and scholars, publish a newsletter about activities in the field of Commonwealth Literature, and hold one conference triennially. Conferences take place around the world.

Membership in ACLALS is offered through its local branches in Commonwealth countries.