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The 2015 Volume in CALICO’s Monograph Book Series.

Guest editors

Dr Ed Dixon (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

Dr Michael Thomas (University of Central Lancashire, UK)

Book Title

Researching Language Learner Interaction Online: From Social Media to MOOCs

Overview

This timely volume aims to publish new empirical research on language learning in digitally-mediated environments and conceptual chapters that address new research approaches for effectively understanding the complex interactions taking place online. This dual focus distinguishes the volume from existing books in the field and is based on a recognition of the need for qualitative, multimodal and mixed methods research approaches that aim to capture a holistic understanding of learner interaction in online spaces.

According to advocates, social network sites and new learning spaces like Coursera, Instreamia and other MOOCs are set to have an unprecedented impact on educational practice and affect the ways students engage with language and culture over the next decade. The volume will also examine the process of language acquisition in globally networked learning environments and the role that international interactions play in enriching the language learning experience and perspectives of world cultures. Chapter authors will make important contributions towards a better understanding of how international online interactions in online environments such as social networking sites can achieve proficiency goals and aid learner interaction, intercultural understanding and digital literacy skills. Chapters are requested which explore how digital environments provide learners with opportunities to:

●      Engage in meaningful conversations and exchange viewpoints with like-minded learners worldwide;

●      Compare one’s own cultural reference with a multiplicity of different cultural perspectives of the target language and culture;

●      Connect with other disciplines through online courses that offer professional and academic courses in foreign languages;

●      Continue their study of the target language beyond the school setting in multicultural online communities of practice.

In addition to discussing the potential contribution of MOOCs and social networks in terms of enriching the language-learning experience and preparing students for global citizenship through the study of a foreign language, authors will address a multiplicity of issues affecting language education at pedagogical and institutional levels. At the pedagogical level, this volume will examine instructional methods, learning strategies, student feedback, peer assessment and lifelong learning. At the institutional level, we will investigate issues of teacher readiness, accreditation and articulation.

The volume will have two parts,

●      with the first addressing new approaches to researching online CALL environments using digital technologies and applications

●      and the second providing examples of empirical research on learner interaction online e.g., in social networking sites such as Livemocha, virtual worlds, telecollaboration, and online and blended language learning contexts.

In the first stage, abstracts of no more than 250-300 words are requested on the following or related topics:

●      Methods and approaches to language learning and teaching in MOOCS, social networks and blended environments

●      Cultural and social approaches to online language study

●      Language learner interaction in virtual worlds

●      Proficiency and assessment of online learners

●      Microblogging and language learning

●      Input and output in digital-learning environments

●      Institutional readiness and professional development

●      Accreditation, curricular integration and articulation

●      Using digital video and screen capture software

●      Eye tracking software and digital literacy

●      Multimodal and new approaches to researching language learning in social networks

●      Big data and learner interaction

●      The ethics of online research with language learners

Timeline:

First Call for Abstracts (1 March  2014)

Deadline for submission of abstracts (1 April  2014)

Notification of contributors (1 May 2014)

First draft of full papers to be submitted (1 October 2014)

Publication of the CALICO monograph (1 May 2015)

Special Issue: CALICO Journal 32.2, September 2015

Guest editors: Regine Hampel and Ursula Stickler, The Open University, UK

From second language acquisition to second language use:
Qualitative and mixed-methods approaches to research in CALL today

Researchers in recent years have been pointing to the limitations of
quantitative approaches, which examine second language acquisition, and have
been stressing the importance of sociocultural and postmodern theories
alongside qualitative methodologies or mixed approaches combining
qualitative and quantitative methods that explore language use (e.g. Block
2003, CALICO Journal special issue 28(3) 2011, Kramsch 2002).

A number of different theories from a variety of disciplines support the use
of more qualitative approaches in social sciences generally and in education
and applied linguistics more specifically. These theories will inform the
contributions to this special issue which will argue for qualitative or
mixed-method approaches to researching learners’ activities in CALL
contexts.

Sociocultural theories are based on the notion that learners construct
learning in interaction with their environment (e.g. Lantolf & Thorne 2006,
Vygotsky 1978, Wertsch 1991). The ecological perspective (Kramsch 2003, van
Lier 2004), for example, places language learning and the language learner
into a wider context and stresses the agency of learners, while complex
systems theory (Larsen-Freeman & Cameron 2008) emphasizes how the various
elements of the environment (including peers, teachers, and tools) are in
constant shift, influencing each other. A conversation analysis approach can
help to explore the impact of technological mediation on communication in an
L2 classroom. Activity theory (Engeström 1987) can be used to explain
elements of the “activity” of learning and their connection to other
elements within the activity triangle(s), including, amongst others, the
learner’s goals, their social environment, other learners, the tools they
use for learning, and the – often unspoken – rules and assumptions on
which their learning activity is based (Montoro 2012). Ethnographic
approaches are useful for exploring CALL from the point of view of the
participants in the field – which could be a second language class using
CALL or an online community of informal language learners.

Postmodern and critical theories of language use, e.g. those that focus on
superdiversity, migration, and identity, can also be brought into play to
enhance our understanding of the language learning process, the impact of
technology, and changes in identity that may result from language learning.
One of the methods used to investigate language learning and development in
relation to these aspects is critical discourse analysis (e.g. Blommaert et
al. 2001, 2005, Rampton 2013). Geosemiotics (Scollon & Scollon 2003)
constitutes a further – emerging – approach which is based on semiotic
theory that emphasises the importance of context for meaning making.
Language is thus seen as located in a physical, as well as a meaning space,
necessitating learners to understand how to interpret and use “signs”
and symbols in their environment.

Contributions will cover qualitative approaches, which will be broadly
conceived to include those that
–       favour understanding the subjective world of human experience over
explaining objective reality,
–       problematize social and political practice,
–       have a non-experimental research design,
–       use qualitative methods to approach data,
–       rely on interpretive analysis.

        By bringing together a variety of authors who have employed qualitative or
mixed-method methodologies to researching CALL, this Special Issue will
raise the awareness of researchers regarding the rich data and the valuable
insights that these approaches can generate when applied to aspects of
language learning using new technologies. The articles chosen will also
highlight the rigor and trustworthiness of such approaches.

        It is our hope that the Special Issue will stimulate debate about (1) the
criteria used to evaluate research in CALL, (2) the increasing importance
placed on understanding the learner’s perspective (giving learners a
voice) and focusing on the learning process and on the context in which
learning takes place, rather than on the product, and (3) the shift from
explaining to understanding entailed in moving from quantitative to more
qualitatively oriented research. In a wider sense, the Special Issue will
illustrate how qualitative and mixed-method approaches can deepen the
insights generated by more traditionally used quantitative methodologies and
contribute to creating a more balanced research landscape in CALL.

Timeline:
First Call for Papers    9 Jan 2014
Deadline for submission of abstracts     28 Feb 2014
Notification of contributors     31 Mar 2014
First draft of papers to be submitted    31 July 2014
Returned to authors for changes  31 Oct 2014
Second draft of papers to be submitted   31 Dec 2014
Returned to authors for final changes    31 Apr 2015
Special Issue to be published    Sep 2015

Abstracts: 200-300 words, submitted as email attachment (docx, doc, rtf) to
both r.hampel@open.ac.uk  and ursula.stickler@open.ac.uk.
Submission of full manuscripts: After acceptance of the abstract, follow the
submission guidelines at CALICO Journal’s Open Journal System (OJS).

For
details see
http://journals.sfu.ca/CALICO/index.php/calico/about/submissions. Make sure
you are a registered author with CJ and follow the stepwise submission
process. As the Journal section, select “Special Issue –
Hampel+Stickler.”


The Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics (CRAL) at the University of Nottingham is hosting the 35th ICAME conference.

The theme of the conference is: Corpus Linguistics, Context and Culture.

** Date: 30 April  to 4 May 2014.
Venue:  University of Nottingham, UK, University Park Campus.

The main conference will be opened with a talk by

Ronald Carter (University of Nottingham)

and there will be a wine reception sponsored by John Benjamins on the Wednesday night.

Keynote speakers:

Beatrix Busse (University of Heidelberg)

Susan Hunston (University of Birmingham)

Tony McEnery (University of Lancaster)

Ute Roemer (Georgia State University)

Wolfgang Teubert (University of Birmingham)

The conference aims to explore English corpus linguistics and its intersections with other fields, as well as its applications in a range of contexts of language use. We invite submissions of abstracts for papers, work-in-progress reports, posters and software demonstrations on any topic relevant to the conference theme.  Areas for submissions can include – but are not limited to:

– corpus and discourse analysis
– corpus linguistics and its theoretical implications
– diachronic corpus studies
– corpora and new media
– varieties of English
– contrastive linguistics
– sociolinguistics
– mixed methods approaches in corpus linguistics
– corpus stylistics
– corpora in English language education

** Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 15 Dec 2013

Please submit your abstract through the conference website.
Proposals for pre-conference workshops should be sent directly to the organizers at ICAME2014@nottingham.ac.uk

For more details please see the conference website:

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/conference/fac-arts/english/icame-35/index.aspx

We are looking forward to seeing you in Nottingham in 2014.

The ICAME 35 Team
Michaela Mahlberg, Gavin Brookes, Kathy Conklin, Rachele De Felice, Dave Evans, Kat Gupta, Kevin Harvey, Tony Fisher, Lorenzo Mastropierro, Rebecca Peck, Ana Pellicer-Sánchez, Viola Wiegan

The editor, associate editors and editorial board of Computer Assisted Language Learning (Taylor and Francis) extend a cordial invitation to attend our  XVIth International CALL Research Conference at Universiteit Antwerpen (Antwerp, Belgium), 7-9 July 2014.

RESEARCH CHALLENGES IN CALL

The starting points for this conference are the 12 challenges Jozef Colpaert recently identified and presented at WorldCALL 2013 in Glasgow, and which he classified into three categories:

contextual (academic meritocracy, academic value of CALL, myths/hypes and broad-public perception), methodological (design, replication, slow research and transdisciplinarity), and epistemological (open, psychological, smart and sustainable aspects).

Our three proposed session types reflect these categories:

-Keynote speakers – Piet Desmet (K.U. Leuven University) and Bryan Smith (Arizona State University) – will tackle the contextual challenges in thought-provoking plenary sessions.

-Research papers  should  focus on your current research and should discuss the methodological challenges you encounter. Two selected research papers will be awarded as plenary presentations.

-Pre- and post-conference surveys, polls, group discussions and panels will focus on epistemological challenges we define together. If we want academic evaluation to become more objective, fair and justifiable, then epistemological challenges need to be defined clearly in advance. We would like this conference to be a catalyst for discussions regarding the question: What priority research topics can be defined by our community?  This should lead to a document that can be used by all CALLers worldwide for supporting their research proposals.

Deadline for submissions is 30 November 2013. Please send your abstract (300 words) and biodata (100 words) to ann.aerts@uantwerpen.be.

Participants have the opportunity to combine the CALL conference with a Summer School in Design-Based Research (by Sven De Maeyer and Vincent Donche) or a Master Class in Educational Engineering (by Jozef Colpaert). Both events will be held from 30 June until 4 July. Further information will follow soon on the conference website http://www.antwerpcall.be.

The American Association for Corpus Linguistics (AACL) call for papers for the next conference September 26-28, 2014, in Flagstaff, AZ.

Abstracts
Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars are invited to submit abstracts for 25-minute papers (20 minute presentation + 5 minutes for questions) on any aspect of corpus linguistics. Abstracts will undergo anonymous review.

Papers are welcome from a range of subfields:

Tools and methods (corpus creation, corpus annotation, tagging and parsing, visualization of large data sets, open source corpora (philosophy and practice), software development);
Linguistic analyses of corpora as they relate to language use (register/genre as well as lexical and grammatical variation, language varieties, parallel corpora, historical change, lexicography);
Application (the use of corpora in language teaching and learning).

Abstract details: Submit abstracts to aacl@nau.edu by February 10, 2014.

Cover page: Author(s) name(s); Affiliation; Contact information; Paper title; Category (see above)
Abstract page: Paper title; Abstract (max. 250 words)
Format: MS Word or PDF (the latter is necessary if the abstract contains specialized fonts)

Important dates
February 10: Deadline for submission of abstracts
April 11: Notification of decisions on abstracts
September 26-28: Conference

12-14 June 2014, Stockholm University

This conference will draw connections between new publication practices, changing language uses, and new genres of academic communication. Today academics are under increasing pressure to disseminate their research results through high-impact outlets such as peer-reviewed journals. At the same time, new channels for knowledge transmission and exchange have emerged, often resorting to multimodal modes, and new genres have appeared in academic publishing domains. In the context of growing demands for accountability, transparency, and open access to data and publications, digital media offer improved ways of access to e-publications and alternative ways to fast publicity and open discussion. For international research communities and top-prestige publications, English takes the lion’s share. For outreach, local languages seem to be the most appropriate. Yet digital media mixes these assumptions, because local languages are often used along with English in various ways. Digital media also stir traditional assumptions about language editing and language norms in English.

 Confirmed plenary speakers are:

 Anna Mauranen, “Genre and register in research blogging”

 Gibson Ferguson, “On linguistic justice in a digital age: the case of English in academia”

 Carmen Pérez-Llantada, “Research genres and the growth of techno-dependency: intersections and implications”
We invite contributions exploring different aspects of academic communication in a digital age in order to acquire a better understanding of language uses in the academy and the role of LSP professionals in this changing sociopolitical context. This year’s conference will focus exclusively on the announced theme and will not include parallel sessions. A number of selected conference papers will be published in a peer-reviewed outlet. In addition, a number of poster presentations related to the traditional AELFE panels will be considered for inclusion in the conference programme. All conference presentations will be invited for publication in online proceedings edited by the conference organisers.

 Please email your proposal (350 words) specifying whether it is a paper presentation or a poster to the Organising committee at aelfe2014@english.su.se

CALICO 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE  Call for Proposals

Open, Online, Massive: The Future of Language Learning?

Hosted by Ohio University

Athens, Ohio
May 6-10

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