Call for Abstracts (TESOL Q): Plurilingualism in TESOL

Articles that address English education in the following contexts are invited for a special issue of TESOL Quarterly, entitled Plurilingualism in TESOL.

  • Teachers’ and students’ linguistic repertoires and classroom practices that shape plurilingual competence
  • Teachers’ background knowledge regarding language learning and corresponding ability to meet the needs of plurilingual students
  • Educational language policies that support plurilingualism

You are also invited to contact the guest editors for additional information: Shelley K. Taylor (taylor[at], and Kristin Snoddon (ksnoddon[at] The Call is also posted on the Wiley TESOL Quarterly webpage.

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Call for Papers: “Critiquing Applied Linguistics”

Call for papers

for a special issue of Applied Linguistics Review:

‘Critiquing applied linguistics’

Call Deadline: 30 April 2012

From time to time to time in applied linguistics, one reads an article or book chapter or even an entire book which not only takes a critical stance towards a well-established topic or line of research but also leads readers to think differently about that topic or line of research. Many applied linguists felt this way when they read Robert Phillipson’s book Linguistic Imperialism  (Oxford University Press, 1992), which contained a critique of a certain complacency among many in the field about the supposed benignness of English in world. Others found stimulating Alan Firth and Johannes Wagner’s article ‘On discourse, communication, and (some) fundamental concepts in SLA Research’ (Modern Language Journal, 1997), which served as challenge to many foundational notions and assumptions in mainstream second language acquisition research.

The editors of Applied Linguistics Review do not believe that one can plan or anticipate that a given piece of writing will prove to be a landmark or game-changer as regards thinking about a particular area of applied linguistics. However, we note that far too many publications coming out today tend to reproduce accepted thinking and do not present anything challenging to the status quo. We therefore make this call for contributions to a special issue of Applied Linguistics Review entitled ‘Critiquing applied linguistics’.

Contributors to this issue will take a critical stance towards well-established areas of Applied Linguistics research and thought. Our aim is not to encourage nastiness or dispute for its own sake; rather, we wish to provide a forum for authors who have something to say about the state of play in different areas of applied linguistics from a critical perspective. Details about this special issue follow:

  • Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2012. Proposals should be 300-500 words in length.
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection: 25 May 2012. The issue will contain six to eight full-length articles.
  • Deadline for submission of full articles: 15 September 2012. Articles should not be more than 8000 words in length.
  • Receipt of feedback from reviewers: 15 December 2012. Each article will be blind reviewed by two or three reviewers.
  • Deadline for final revised submission: 15 March 2013.
  • Publication: October 2013.

All queries about this special issue, as well as proposals to it, should go to the issue editor: David Block: d.block[at]

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Post-doc in SLA (Indiana U)

Indiana University, Department of Second Language Studies 
Indiana, USA 

Postdoctorial Fellow (Language Acquisition; Second Language Studies)

The Department of Second Language Studies at Indiana University is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Second Language Studies. The fellowship is designed to mentor recent Ph.D. recipients in their transition toward a regular tenure-track position, including both teaching and research experience. Fellows will be expected to take an active role in the research life of the Department and University. Fellows should, therefore, consult with faculty, participate in research, present on-going work at the
SLS colloquium, and attend conferences and workshops.

Fellows with research programs on any aspect of learner language development (including revitalization contexts and untutored environments) are invited to apply. Fellows will teach three 8-week sections of a course (SLST-T125, 3cr: Academic Language and Culture at US Universities for International Students) in the fall. Spring will be fully devoted to research activities. Fellows will remain in residence.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship is a 10-month appointment, with healthcare benefits included and compensation commensurate with other Postdoctoral fellowships in other similar disciplines/fields. Fellows will be appointed for a period of 2 years, starting Fall 2012.

Native or near-native knowledge of English is required. For the 2012-2014 fellowship, applicants must have a Ph.D. in hand by July 31, 2012. Degrees must be granted no earlier than January 1, 2010.

Application Deadline: 30 March 2012

Contact Information: Administrative Assistant Julie Abrams (

Call For Papers: SLRF 2012

Call for Papers
Second Language Research Forum 2012
“Building Bridges Between Disciplines: SLA in Many Contexts”

October 18-21, 2012

Hosted by: The University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Colloquium Proposal Submission Deadline: March 15, 2012
  • Colloquium Notification of Acceptance: April 15, 2012
  • Paper and Poster Abstract Submission Deadline: April 30, 2012
  • Paper and Poster Notification of Acceptance: July 15, 2012

The organizers of the 2012 Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) invite proposals for papers, posters, and thematic colloquia for the conference.

To embody the conference theme, “Building Bridges Between Disciplines: SLA
in Many Contexts,” we are soliciting proposals from various disciplines,
including those that have traditionally been associated with SLA research,
as well as those that are new to SLA research or that have been
underrepresented at previous SLA conferences.

We welcome proposals from all areas of second language research, including
(but not limited to) the following:

  • Formal Approaches to SLA
  • Functional Approaches to SLA
  • Cognitive Approaches to SLA
  • Technology and SLA
  • Classroom Research
  • L2 Assessment
  • Psycholinguistic Approaches to SLA
  • Neurocognitive Approaches to SLA
  • Bilingualism
  • Corpus Approaches to SLA
  • Socio-Cultural Approaches to SLA / Pragmatics
  • Context of Learning / Study Abroad
  • Heritage Language Learning / Language Maintenance

Comprehensive research syntheses, preferably in the form of a
meta-analysis, are also welcomed.

Guidelines for Paper and Poster Submissions
Proposals for paper and poster presentations should consist of a title, an
abstract, and a short summary. Titles should be no longer than 15 words.
Abstracts are limited to 350 words in length, and summaries are limited to
50 words.

Individual paper sessions will be 30 minutes: 20 minutes for the
presentation and 10 minutes for questions and answers. Posters should
measure no more than 3ft by 4ft (90cm x 120cm). Poster presenters should
plan to present and discuss their work for at least one hour during their
assigned poster session.

Guidelines for Refereed Colloquium Submissions
In addition to four invited colloquia, we are also soliciting proposals for
two refereed colloquia. These colloquia will be collections of paper
presentations that focus on a specific topic of interest, and which are
organized by one or more individuals. Colloquia will be scheduled for
2½-hour blocks (roughly 4-6 papers). Proposals for refereed colloquia
should consist of a 200-word (maximum) description of the colloquium
topic, along with 150-word descriptions of each paper to be included. Each
title should be no longer than 15 words. Colloquium acceptances will be
announced April 15. This will allow researchers to submit a proposal for
an individual paper or poster (by April 30) if their paper is not accepted
as part of a colloquium.

Submission Policy
An author may submit a maximum of one proposal as first author, but may
also be a colloquium organizer, discussant, or co-author/co-presenter of a
maximum of two additional papers or posters.

Submission Instructions
Proposals will be accepted online only. To make a submission, please visit
the conference web site at Click on
“Submissions”, and you will be taken to our submission web site. Proposals
will be selected based on the results of double-blind peer review. All
submissions must be completely anonymous.

Please direct any questions to the SLRF 2012 organizing committee at We also invite you to view our website
( and to visit us on Facebook
( and Twitter

Rookie Review

Young reviewers are certainly sought after. “The best referees are postdocs,” says Leslie Sage, a senior physical-sciences editor at Nature in Washington DC. “They are at the top of their game, well versed in the literature and politically naive enough to tell the truth.”

For this and more interesting insights into the peer-review process, you may want to have a look into this article in Nature.

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