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FYI: Chapter Proposals: Agency and SLA

Author: Elizabeth Miller

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Language Acquisition

FYI Body: Call for Chapter Proposals

Extended Submission Deadline: October 15, 2012

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Theorizing and Analyzing Agency and Second Language Learning (Tentative title)

Second language researchers are increasingly treating agency as a fundamental construct in understanding language learning processes and language learner identities. This growing emphasis on learner agency reflects the broader shift in second language research to exploring learners as complex individuals whose language use, meaning making and actions are mediated by their social and cultural worlds. However, leading scholars in the field have commented on the lingering under-theorization of agency and the concomitant lack of clarity in defining agency that characterizes much of the current research. Others have noted the difficulty of establishing sound analytic procedures for investigating agency empirically. In addition, the difficulty of translating theory into practice continues to challenge second language instructors.

We are seeking proposals for chapters that address the construct of agency through theoretical and empirical research in second language studies. In particular, we are interested in manuscripts that correspond to one of the following three objectives for the volume:

1. Provide an interdisciplinary introduction to theories of agency and second language learning, e.g.:
- practice theory,
- sociocultural theory,
- positioning theory,
- performativity,
- critical theory, and others.
Separate chapters will demonstrate how their particular theoretical approaches lead to commensurate definitions or understandings of agency.

2. Present varying analytic approaches adopted in empirical studies, e.g.:
- discourse analysis,
- narrative studies,
- systemic functional linguistics, and others.
These chapters will foreground the analytic procedures used and demonstrate how they have been applied in empirical research.

3. Demonstrate how theory and empirical findings can be implemented into pedagogical practices that support learner agency or enable learner agency to emerge, in various learning contexts, e.g.:
- second language,
- foreign language,
- classroom-based,
- naturalistic,
- TESOL, and others.

Chapter Proposal Submission Process:

You are invited to submit a 600-word proposal by October 15, 2012 containing the following information:
- Book section to which your chapter is being submitted (theoretical focus, analytic focus, or pedagogical focus)
- Proposed chapter title
- Author name(s) and affiliation(s)
- Overview of chapter which addresses how it aligns with the selected objective
- 4-6 keywords
- Brief biography of author(s)

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by December 1, 2012.

This volume has been discussed with an internationally reputable publisher. Once chapter proposals have been accepted, a full book proposal will be sent to the publisher. Upon acceptance by the publisher, potential chapter authors will be invited to submit full chapters (up to 8,000 words) and will be sent guidelines for preparing chapters along with submission deadlines (approximately three months from notification). Chapters should be original manuscripts and should not be submitted for publication elsewhere. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this book project.

Inquiries and chapter proposals can be submitted electronically (Word document) to the editors:

Ping Deters -
Xuesong “Andy” Gao -
Elizabeth R. Miller -
Gergana Vitanova -

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