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Iranian Journal of Language Teaching Research

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2017

Call Information:
Call for Papers Special Issue

Iranian Journal of Language Teaching Research (IJLTR) is planning to publish one Special Issue each year beginning with 2016 (in addition to two regular issues which appear on the 1st of January and July every year). Special Issues are theme-based and guest-edited by leading figures in the field.

Following the announcement o​f​ 2016 Special Issue on Teacher Education (to be edited by Prof. Jack C Richards, University of Sydney), We are pleased to announce that the guest-editors and themes for 2017, 2018 and 2019 Special Issues are now ​finalized. Call for papers is now open for all Special Issues (details below).

2017 Special Issue:

Guest editor: John​ I.​ Liontas, PhD (University of South Florida)

Theme: Idiomaticity ​and​ Language Teaching Research

- Attainment of native-like idiomatic competence in ​ESL/EFL
- Applications of new media and multimedia technologies for idiomatic learning
linguistic, pragmatic, or techno-pedagogical concerns ​in developing idiomatic competence
- Teacher training and professional development, materials and curriculum development, assessment ​​issues as related to developing idiomaticity

Deadline for paper submission: 1 March 2017

2018 Special Issue:

Guest editor: Dan Douglas, PhD (Iowa State University)

Theme: Assessment for Teaching

- Asses​s​ment for Learning (AfL)
- Learning Oriented Language Assessment (LOLA)
- Alternatives in Assessment (AA)
- Language Assessment Literacy (LAT)
- Testers' Professional Development (TPD)
- And any practical aspect of language assessment

Deadline for paper submission: 1 March 2018

2019 Special Issue:

Guest editor: Sandra Lee McKay, PhD (San Fran​c​isco State University)

Theme: Teaching English as an International Language

- Assessing proficiency in EIL
- Standards in EIL
- Intercultural competence and EIL
- The use of digital media in EIL teaching/learning
- Lexical innovation in EIL
- Teaching the four skills in EIL
- Monolingual and bilingual EIL teachers
- Differentiating WE, ELF and EIL
- Pragmatics and EIL
- The historical development of EIL

Deadline for paper submission: 1 March 2019

20​20​ Special Issue:

Guest editor​s​: ​Zia Tajeddin, PhD​ ​ (​Allameh Tabataba'i University)​ & Minoo Alemi, PhD (Sharif University of Technology)​

Theme: Discourse in Second Language Classroom Context

- Politeness and Impoliteness in ​T​eacher and Learner Talk
- Teachers' and Learners' Discoursal Identity
- Teachers' Discoursal Strategies for Learner Participation and Engagement
- Discourse of Resistance in Teacher and Learner Talk
- Discourse of Power and Agency in Teacher Talk
- Gendered Discourse in the Classroom Context
- Teachers' and Learners' Use of Speech Acts
- Discourse of ​ ​Humor in Classroom Context
- Discourse of​ ​ Turn Construction in Classroom Context
- Deadline for paper submission: 1 March 20​20​

Potential contributors are invited to send their manuscripts to IJLTR editor ( following guidelines for submission available at the journal website​.​

​F​o​r further information on journal's other regular and special issues, visit the journal website: