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LINGUIST List 16.2465

Wed Aug 24 2005

Calls: Teaching Engl as a Second Lang-Electronic Journal

Editor for this issue: Maria Moreno-Rollins <marialinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Greta Gorsuch, Teaching English as a Second Language - Electronic Journal

Message 1: Teaching English as a Second Language - Electronic Journal
Date: 23-Aug-2005
From: Greta Gorsuch <gorsuchtesl-ej.org>
Subject: Teaching English as a Second Language - Electronic Journal

Full Title: TESL-EJ (Teaching English as a Second Language - Electronic Journal)

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2005

Call for Papers Reminder

TESL-EJ Special Issue
Doing Language Education Research in International Contexts

Date of publication: September, 2006
Proposals due: October 15, 2005

Guest Editors: Greta Gorsuch and Bill Snyder

Language education remains an active area of research and inquiry on a
global scale. Many language educators in international contexts undertake
advanced study in their own countries and abroad. Many seek to establish
and expand research done in their own contexts, and are sensitive to the
many issues faced by learners, communities, and national education systems
concerning language learning and education. Such research is relevant to
areas of inquiry generated and reported in "inner circle" countries such as
the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom, where the
international language of research reporting, English, is most thoroughly
used. Yet research conducted in international contexts, such as Pakistan,
Turkey, Iran, Vietnam, and Columbia (what have been termed "outer circle"
and "expanding circle" countries) is often not widely disseminated. The
struggle of researchers in outer and expanding circle countries to get
published in English-language language education journals is widely
reported; however, other, probably more fundamental and less reported
causes have not been systematically treated in international forums.
Impediments to research may include the kinds of literature researchers
have or do not have access to, the degree to which quantitative and
qualitative research methods are valued, the ways in which research
methodology and reporting are taught, whether or not researchers have
adequate mentoring or networking opportunities during data collection and
analysis, the degree to which research is rewarded by researchers'
institutions or educational cultures, and other constraints posed by heavy
teaching schedules, or limited access to assistance or other physical
resources such as computers or dependable electrical service.

We therefore solicit original data-driven research in language education
from researchers in outer and expanding circle countries with a focus on
how doing research in these contexts influences the kinds of research
questions that are posed, how these questions are investigated, and how the
results and interpretations are reported, or in some cases, not reported.
We also invite research on how young scholars are introduced to research
and apprenticed into the research community in language education. Research
topics may include language acquisition in formal and informal settings,
effects of innovative teaching methodologies on language learning, language
testing, technology in language learning, task-based learning, minority
language revival, influences on instructional change, processes and
politics of developing locally appropriate textbooks and educational
materials, language teacher problem solving, and program evaluation.
Proposals are welcomed from both native and non-native users of English in
outer and expanding circle countries. Submissions by researchers currently
engaged in language teaching and teacher education at established
institutions are strongly encouraged.

Proposals in the form of a 300 - 500 word abstract are due no later than
October 15, 2005. Successful proposals will describe original data driven
research, either quantitative or qualitative, with a rationale for the
research and with specific research questions posed and a clearly described
design for data collection and analysis. Authors must address how they plan
to describe influences of their contexts and circumstances on their
proposed research.
Proposals should be sent no later than October 15, 2005 to both:

Greta J. Gorsuch (gorsuchtesl-ej.org)
Bill Snyder (snydertesl-ej.org)

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