Call for papers: Methodological Innovation in CALL Research and its Role in SLA

The 2017 Special Issue of Language Learning & Technology will focus on methodological innovation in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) research, and a call has been put out for empirically-driven papers as well as “original, innovative and compelling” conceptual contributions. The following extract, from the call for papers, describes the scope of the issue:

For this special issue we seek proposals that highlight how specific innovative methodological choices allow us to capture and/or analyze aspects of learner-computer or learner-learner interaction in a way that illuminate the relationship between some aspect of CALL and SLA. Innovative methodological choices may include applying an existing methodological tool or technique from CALL or a cognate field in a new way or using a specific technology in a methodologically innovative fashion. An example of an innovative methodological choice would be if one were to conduct a stimulated recall session while a participant viewed a screen capture of her own eye gaze during a previous task-based CMC activity. Whereas stimulated recall is a widely used methodological technique in applied linguistics research, it is not often employed in conjunction with eye gaze recordings of CALL tasks. Likewise, though eye tracking technology has been used in reading research for decades, it has only recently begun to gain momentum in CALL as a tool for exploring the nature of learner attention to form during interactive tasks.

Submission guidelines are available for consultation here. Prospective authors are invited to submit a proposal containing a title and an abstract (250 words max.) to llt[at] hawaii[dot]edu, by 1st June 2015.

The publication timeline is as follows:

Submission deadline for abstracts 1st June 2015
Invitation to authors to submit a manuscript 15th June 2015
Submission deadline for manuscripts 1st November 2015
Publication of special issue 1st February 2017

You can find more calls for papers in the fields of linguistics, first and second language acquistion, and language teaching by following this link.


Featured image by Texas A&M University @ Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Call for Chapters: English-Medium Instruction in Japan

A call for chapters has been issued for an edited collection focussing on English Medium Instruction (EMI) in Japanese higher education. The book, to be edited by Howard Brown (University of Niigata), aims to generate “a picture of EMI in Japan, its development, its current situation and its future”, by looking into topics such as “how and why EMI is being implemented, the critical issues affecting that implementation and the roles of government, universities, faculty and students”.

Proposals are invited for the main book chapters (5,000-7,000 words, exclusive of references), which will focus on the following topics:

  • the context and current situation of EMI in Japan
  • issues with EMI faculty
  • issues with EMI students
  • the relationship between EMI and language teaching & learning
  • EMI as part of the internationalization of higher education
  • the social & political implications of EMI
  • EMI program outcomes
  • government policy concerning EMI
  • the future of EMI
  • towards a possible research agenda for EMI in Japan

In addition, proposals are invited for shorter chapters (3,000-5,000 words, exclusive of references), containing descriptive case studies of how EMI is being implemented in higher education contexts in Japan. These chapters will likely describe the institutional context, rationales for and drivers of the EMI program, a description of how the EMI program was originally developed and how it has evolved / developed over time, the program structure, critical issues the program faced or is facing, and a vision of the future of the program.

Proposals (one A4 page max.) should be sent as an MS-Word file attachment to emisubmissions[at]gmail[dot]com. Each file should indicate the lead author’s family name (e.g., Brown_EMI_Chapter.docx). Authors are reminded to include contact information and, in the case of co-authored papers, an indication of who the lead author is.

Publication Timeframe

Notification of Acceptance: 20th April 2015
Submission of Full Chapter: 31st October 2015
Review Results Returned: 30th January 2016
Submission of Final Revisions: 29th February 2016

Featured Image: eye/see @ flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

Manchester Roundtable on Complexity Theory and ELT

I often circulate conference announcements in this space, but today I am very excited to announce a seminar that I am co-organising, which will focus on Complex Systems Theory and English Language Teaching. This will take place in Manchester just after IATEFL, so if you happen to be around, do join us!

We’ve put together a website for the event, and we’ll be populating it with more information in the coming weeks. In the meanwhile, any feedback or comments will be appreciated. You can download our flier here (in .pdf form). If you could circulate this to anyone who might be interested, we’d be most grateful!

And finally, here’s the call for participation:


 Manchester Roundtable
on Complexity Theory and ELT

Wednesday 15 April 2015
9:00am – 3:00pm
The University of Manchester

Complexity Theory is becoming an established perspective in the field of ELT. To date, Complexity Theory has been used to generate understandings of ELT, and has also served as a framework for empirical studies (most prominently studies of language learning and use in ELT situations). However, Complexity Theory has not yet been used to directly inform actual ELT practice and it will remain of limited value to ELT practitioners unless it can generate practical insights deemed as useful by practitioners.

Through a combination of invited presentations and participant discussion, the Roundtable aims to identify how Complexity Theory may enhance ELT practice. Tentatively, this may include discussion of how Complexity Theory may inform language classroom teaching, teacher development, innovation in curriculum, syllabus and materials design, and the inclusion of learners as fuller participants in language education. There will be opportunities for Roundtable participants to add to this tentative agenda.

There will be presentations offering starting points for discussion by:

  • Lynne Cameron (Professor Emerita, Open University)
  • Susan Dawson (University of Manchester and INTO Manchester)
  • Achilleas Kostoulas (University of Manchester)
  • Sarah Mercer (University of Graz, Austria)
  • Juup Stelma (University of Manchester)

The one-day Roundtable will take place immediately following the annual conference of the International Association for Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), also in Manchester. If you are an ELT practitioner and/or researcher and have an interest in Complexity Theory (broadly construed), you are warmly invited to this Roundtable and we would welcome your input. This is a free event.

If you wish to participate in the Roundtable, please register before April 8th on Eventbrite. Please note that we need to limit the number of participants. Once the maximum number of participants has been reached, we will no longer be taking any further registrations.

The Roundtable is sponsored by:
Institute for Development, Policy & Management
School of Environment, Education & Development
The University of Manchester

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