Call for Papers: Time in Language Learning and Teaching

Anne Feryok (University of Otago, NZ) and Sarah Mercer (Graz University) are to co-edit a special issue of Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching which will, intriguingly, focus on the concept of Time. Here are some of their thoughts on this unusual topic:

Time has always been a part of second language acquisition and language learning and teaching research. Acquisition and learning and teaching are essentially about change, and change is about being in different states at different times. In this special issue, we take a critical stance on the nature of ‘time’ as a construct and reflect on how our perspectives on time inform our understandings of research and language learning and teaching processes. We are open to any suggestions for articles that engage fundamentally with the concept of time in language learning and teaching.

A non-exhaustive list of possible topics includes the following:

  • Chronological or linear versus experiential or nonlinear time
  • Prediction and experimentation versus retrodiction and explanation
  • Individual, cultural, and subjective notions of time
  • Remembered past time, ongoing experienced time, future anticipated time
  • Longitudinal research (on multiple timescales)
  • Individual and cultural orientations to time
  • Language learning and teaching as historically situated in time
  • Linguistic notions of time

The guest editors would like to receive titles and abstracts (300 words max.) by 30 October 2015. These are to be sent to both guest editors (anne.feryok[at][dot]nz and sarah.mercer[at]uni-graz[dot]at. Authors are asked to include the phrase ILLT-Time-Abstract- followed by an abbreviated title (no spaces) in the subject line.

The timeline for publication is as follows:

Abstract submission deadline 30 October 2015
Notification of acceptance 15 December 2015
Article submission deadline 30 April 2016
Article revisions due 15 December 2016
Publication early 2017

Note: Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching is published by Taylor and Francis.  It currently operates a ‘hybrid open access’ policy, meaning that authors may have their work published for free, on the understanding that it will be placed behind a paywall; or they may pay Article Processing Charges to have it published as a Green or Gold Open Access article.

Featured image: ‘Hourglass’ by Nick Olejniczak @ Flickr, CC-BY-NC 

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