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Tue Jun 08 2010

FYI: Call for Book Proposals for New Language Teaching Book Series

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Message 1: Call for Book Proposals for New Language Teaching Book Series
Date: 06-Jun-2010
From: Hayo Reinders <infoinnovationinteaching.org>
Subject: Call for Book Proposals for New Language Teaching Book Series
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New book series - New Language Learning and Teaching Environments

We are very excited to announce a new book series for Palgrave Macmillan
called 'New Language Learning and Teaching Environments', which is
dedicated to recent developments in learner-centred approaches and the
impact of technology on learning and teaching in the language classroom. I
am inviting submissions for full-length manuscripts and edited books.

Aims and scope:
- To publish cutting-edge research and current developments in language
learning and teaching practice.
- To publish accounts of the ways in which these developments impact
current and future language teaching techniques.
- To encourage dissemination of policies and practice relating to
learner-centred pedagogies for language learning and teaching in new
learning environments.
- To disseminate research and best practices in out-of-class and informal
language learning.

Rationale:
Recent years have seen a shift of attention away from the teacher and onto
the learner. The use of virtual learning environments, blended learning,
self-access centres, and work-based learning initiatives, are only some of
the manifestations of the desire to broaden language development beyond the
formal institution and into learners' lives. Technology has played an
important role in facilitating a reconceptualisation of the ways in which
information can be delivered and shared, not just from teacher to learner,
but also between learners themselves.

New Language Learning Environments is a term that has recently started to
be used (cf. Alford & Pachler 2007, Conacher & Kelly-Holmes 2007, White
2007) to encapsulate all of these developments. It refers to both the
environments for learning and teaching as well as to the (changes in)
pedagogy needed to sustain them. Research in New Language Environments is
growing rapidly and there is an urgent interest from practitioners who at
present are often unsure about their implementation.

Submitting a Proposal:
I am inviting proposals for full-length and edited manuscripts. It is
important that proposals are written with knowledge of the intended
readership and series format in mind, which are outline below.

Readership:
This series will appeal to informed teachers, teacher educators, and
researchers interested in applied linguistics. It will include
theoretically solid, edited and single-authored books that make clear
practical and pedagogical connections with learning and teaching.

Proposed format:
- Overall book length will be kept to a maximum of about 75,000 words.
- Authors will be asked to work to a format that introduces theoretical
background in the first part of the book, followed by a more practical
section that applies the findings from research.
- Authors are encouraged to use practical examples, case studies, or
scenarios, and the publisher will use typographical means to set these
apart from the main text (e.g. in the form of text boxes).
- Authors are encouraged to use 'mini-summaries' throughout the text
(either in the side margins or in some other way easily recognisable
within the text) that draw out the main findings and implications for
learning and teaching practice.
- Contributors are asked to include 'recommendations for further reading'
in addition to regular references.

The overall aim of this format is to present topics grounded in theory in
way that makes their connections with teaching and learning practice as
transparent as possible. The tone we are aiming for is 'seriously friendly'
and 'critically practical', resulting in books that give readers more than
just superficial summaries, but that at all times also keep the realities
of teaching and learning in mind.

Contact:
To submit a proposal or to discuss a possible title, contact the series
editor, Hayo Reinders by email on infoinnovationinteaching.org

Please download and complete the Palgrave proposal form:
www.innovationinteaching.org/Palgrave_proposal_form.pdf

In addition, please include the following information:
1) How your proposed title fits in with the aims and scope of the book series.
2) How you will ensure the book appeals to the readership of the series.
3) How, both in terms of content and presentation/format, you aim to strike
a balance between theory and practice.

About the Series Editor:
Hayo Reinders (www.innovationinteaching.org) is Head of Language and
Learning Support at Middlesex University in London, and Adjunct Professor
at the University of Groningen. He was previously founding Director of
the English Language Self-Access Centre at the University of Auckland in New
Zealand, and
Visiting Professor atMeiji University in Tokyo.

He has published widely in the areas of learner autonomy,
computer-assisted language learning, language teaching research, and
SLA. He has published over a dozen books for academics, language
learners, and language teachers, including four books with Palgrave Macmillan.



Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition
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