Achilleas Kostoulas

Applied Linguistics & Language Teacher Education

Innovations in the Teaching of English and World Languages from a Decolonial Perspective [Call for Chapters]

Recent years have seen increasing criticism of Applied Linguistics and language teaching, as well as calls for decolonising the field. A new volume, entitled Innovations in the Teaching of English and World Languages from a Decolonial Perspective, aims to contribute to this discourse by examining how language teacher education courses challenge colonial knowledge structures. The editors of the volume, Fabiola P. Ehlers-Zavala (Colorado State University), Michele Back (University of Connecticut), and Yecid Ortega (Queen’s University, Belfast), are keen to reveive chapter proposals for this project.

The Editors

Fabiola P. Ehlers-Zavala

Fabiola P. Ehlers-Zavala is Professor of English (TESL/TEFL) at Colorado State University. She currently serves as President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL).

Michele Back

Michele Back is an Associate Professor of World Languages Education at the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education, where she works with teacher candidates in Spanish, French, Latin, and Chinese Language Education.

Yecid Ortega

Yecid Ortega is a Lecturer at Queens University, Belfast. He has a strong research interest in the intersection of social justice and language education.

Call for chapters

The editors welcome chapters on a range of topics, such as reports on empirical work, accounts of current innovations, or conceptual work that further interrogates how to decolonize the field. These could focus on any level, from individual courses and programs to institution-wide initiatives. The editors are particularly keen on proposals for chapters that describe applications of indigenous methodologies.

Each chapter should range approximately 5,000-6,000 words, excluding any references.

Some possible questions that proposed chapters could address, as described by the editors, include the following:

  • What would language teacher education programs look like under a decolonial approach?
  • What are the main challenges to overcome when attempting to decolonize language teacher preparation programs in higher education?
  • What are some potential strategies or models to overcome those identified challenges?
  • What are some specific strategies that have proven effective in advancing the decolonial project?
  • How could programs for language teacher preparation be conceived/revised to prepare both pre-service and in-service professionals to advance this project?

How to submit a proposal

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a chapter, the editors would like you to send them an MS-Word (.doc/.docx) file with the following information:

  • Contact information (name, affiliation, and email) of primary point of contact
  • Contact information (name, affiliation, and email) of alternate point of contact
  • Biographical statement(s) for the author(s) (50-70 words each)
  • A clear, descriptive tentative title (7 words)
  • Some (5-6) key words
  • A brief (250 to 300 words, excl. references) description of the chapter outlining the focus and methodology of the chapter, and explaining how the proposed chapter contributes to the overall project
  • 2-3 main questions that the chapter intends to address
  • A description of how the chapter connects to the main book premise (100 to 150 words)
  • Selected key references page (APA style, 7th) supporting the main premise of the chapter

The editors would also appreciate separate statements about the expected number of black and white illustrations in the chapter. Unfortunately, there is a limitation against using colour figures. Authors shou;d remember that it is their responsibility to secure permission to use any copyrighted content.

A disclosure is expected for any work that has been previously published, in whole or in part, including open-access publications. In this case, too, authors should secure permission to reproduce copyrighted work. Alternatively, authors should include a separate statement that the proposed chapter is fully original and has not been published or presented before.

Book proposals can be submitted by email to Prof. Ehlers-Zavala (Fabiola.Ehlers-Zavala [at] colostate [dot] edu. The email subject line should read “2023 Innovations Chapter Proposal“.

Ultimate acceptance of the chapter is subject to the publisher’s final decision.

Important dates

The table below displays the tentative production timeline for Innovations in the Teaching of English and World Languages from a Decolonial Perspective.

Tentative date
Proposal submission31 October 2023
Notification of acceptance30 November 2023
Chapter submission31 January 2024
Reviews sent to authors30 April 2024
Revised chapters due31 July 2024
Book submission31 October 2024
Publication dateTBC

Further Information

If you wish to learn more about the book, you may email Prof. Ehlers-Zavala (Fabiola.Ehlers-Zavala [at] colostate [dot] edu).






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