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English Teaching & Learning

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2015

Call Information:
English Teaching & Learning

Special Issue on Corpus Research in Second Language Learning and Teaching

Guest Editor:
Prof. Cheung, Hin Tat, Hong Kong Institute of Education

Advancements in corpus linguistics in the last decades have widened the scope of research in second language learning and teaching. Research in learner corpora opened up a new window to examine learner's language both qualitatively and quantitatively. General and specific corpora formed new bases for the planning and development of teaching materials. Easy access to corpus tools allows synthesis and analysis of learners' language in a snap. Corpus linguistics has become a topic of great importance and interest to scholars in second language research. This special issue aims to bring together corpus-based studies, focusing on the use of corpora for refinements in the learning and teaching of English. Contributions that address a wide range of related issues are invited. Areas for consideration include, but are not limited to, the following:

- The use of corpus tools in second language classroom.
- The use of corpus research in developing teaching materials.
- The use of corpus tools in analyzing the language of language learners.
- The use of learner corpora in understanding the needs of second language learners.

Articles can be up to 10,000 words in length and must adhere to the APA format. Articles will be peer reviewed, and will be judged on their local and global significance. All submissions must follow the submission guidelines specified on the journal website ( Manuscripts can be submitted online at or by e-mail to

All articles will be blind reviewed. An invitation to submit a paper to the special issue in no way guarantees that the paper will be published. Publication is dependent on the review results.

Article submission deadline: April 30, 2015
Journal publication: October 2015

English Teaching & Learning (ETL) is a scholarly journal dedicated to research on the teaching and learning of English as a second or foreign language. It aims to publish quality papers that contribute to all aspects of the profession, particularly those seeking to bridge the gap between theory and practice. The journal is housed in the Department of English at National Taiwan Normal University and published by Airiti Press. It is listed as the THCI-Core journal in Taiwan and is the best journal in the field of TESOL in Taiwan. Abstracts and keywords of past issues are available here (

Questions should be sent to Cheung, Hin Tat, or ETL assistant Ping-Jung Ho. We look forward to receiving your article.

Cheung, Hin Tat Ph.D.
Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies
Hong Kong Institute of Education
English Teaching & Learning

Ping-Jung Ho,
ETL assistant
Department of English
National Taiwan Normal University
Tel: (02) 7734-1795