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Mon Aug 16 2010

Calls: Language Acquisition/System (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Jessica Gardner <>

        1.    Paula Kalaja, System

Message 1: System
Date: 16-Aug-2010
From: Paula Kalaja <>
Subject: System
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Full Title: System

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2010

This is the final announcement of a Special Issue of System which isplanned for September 2011. It will be on the subject of Beliefs aboutSecond Language Acquisition, as a follow up to the Special Issue on thistopic published by this journal in 1999 as well as on the developments inthis area since then. The Guest Editors will be Ana Maria FerreiraBarcelos, Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil & Paula Kalaja, Universityof Jyväskylä, Finland.

A decade ago a special issue of System brought learner beliefs aboutlanguage to the attention of SLA researchers. Since then a lot has happenedin SLA and in Applied Linguistics, bringing changes to how we understandbeliefs and their role in language learning and teaching. We believe it istime to review the changes and bring new understandings of this concept tothe fore. Thus, to celebrate more than a decade of research on learnerbeliefs we propose this volume with key articles

In the first instance, intending authors are requested to submit proposalsof 300-500 words to the Guest Editors. The deadline for submissions isSeptember 1st, 2010.The proposed papers should focus on beliefs about second languageacquisition or teaching held by students or teachers, or other agents inthe field of language education (e.g., parents, school authorities). Thepapers should have a sound theoretical basis and should rely oninterpretative, qualitative, sociocultural or contextual approaches to theinvestigation of this concept. Given the goals of the journal, empiricalstudies, review articles and state-of-the-art articles are all welcome onany of the following areas:

- The relationship between beliefs and actions- The nature of beliefs- Methodological issues in doing research on beliefs- Challenges involved in doing research on beliefs- The application of findings concerning beliefs in the classroom- Benefits and limitations of research on beliefs (within any approach)- Ethical issues in investigating beliefs and belief attribution toparticipants- The relationship between beliefs and other variables in language learningsuch as motivation, styles, strategies, identities and affective variables- The relationship between students' and teachers' beliefs- Theoretical frameworks used in doing research on beliefs

Proposals, which should not have been submitted elsewhere, should be sentas e-mail attachment to Ana Barcelos, and include the author's name and e-mail details. Outof the proposals, a number will be chosen by anonymous review by a panel ofspecialists; note that selection at this stage does not guaranteepublication. Authors will be notified by Oct 1st, 2010, of the outcome ofthe review; and the deadline for the submission of full papers will beFebruary 1st, 2011. Papers should confirm to the usual word length of 5000words, maximum, in the body of the paper and to the house style of thejournal (see Author's instructions on the website A final selection will be made by thepanel by April 1st, 2011; and versions incorporating any proposed revisionswill need to be submitted by June 1st, 2011.

All enquiries about the Special Issue should be directed to Ana Barcelosand Paula Kalaja at the e-mail addresses above.

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