From: Chaka Chaka <chakachaka8gmail.com>
Subject: Call for Chapter Proposals (15 November 2010)
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A Book to be Co-edited by Chaka Chaka (Walter Sisulu University, SouthAfrica) and Tamishra Swain (Banasthali University, India)
Title of the BookAfro-Asian Experiences in Language Learning through New Technologies:Research and Practice
IntroductionIssues related to African and Asian experiences in language learning andteaching may have been researched and documented accordingly. However,there exists a scholarly need to compile and document Afro-Asian languagelearning and teaching experiences by researchers and practitioners at lower(school) and higher educational (college and university) levels in acomposite book. In particular, there is an added need to compile anddocument such experiences as informed by the use of new technologies (e.g.,online, wireless, and mobile technologies). This is particularly so sincenew technologies have impacted not only English but on other languagesworldwide as well. So, some of the questions this composite book will tryto answer are the following:
-What specific experiences do Afro-Asian researchers and practitionershave regarding the use of new technologies in language learning andteaching in their respective regions?-What best practices of the applications of new technologies in Afro-Asianlanguage teaching can Afro-Asian scholars and practitioners share withtheir peers and other scholars?-What are the current pedagogical approaches and innovations related toAfro-Asian language learning and teaching that scholars and practitionersemploy?-What are projects, pilots, experiments, initiatives and case studiesfocusing on Afro-Asian language learning and teaching that researchers andpractitioners can share with their peers and others?
Objectives of the BookThe major objective of the proposed book is to present, in a compositebook, in-depth research, academic and theoretical chapters on contemporaryissues related to Afro-Asian language learning and teaching as informed bythe use new technologies. The book also intends providing a space forscholars, researchers, and practitioners to articulate and appropriateexperiences, and new models and approaches so as to interrogate pertinentissues related to Afro-Asian languages. In addition, it serves as an avenuefor exploring the interface between new technologies and Afro-Asianlanguages within multiple Afro-Asian contexts. Most importantly, itprovides a platform for scholars, researchers, and practitioners to presenttheir best practices, projects, pilots, experiments, initiatives, and casestudies as they relate to Afro-Asian language teaching and learning usingnew technologies.
Target AudienceThe target audience of this book will comprise students, scholars,practitioners, researchers and professionals of Afro-Asian languages.Moreover, the book will provide insights and understandings to scholars,researchers and practitioners of other languages as well.
Recommended TopicsRecommended topics for this book, whose primary focus is on Afro-Asianlanguage learning and teaching experiences as informed by new technologies,are outlined below. However, we are also keen to receive illuminating andinnovative submissions in other areas not included in our list:
-Language learning and teaching experiences-Best practices-Lessons learned-Innovative pedagogical approaches and design issues-Assessment or evaluation procedures for language learning and teaching-Skills, vocabulary and grammar teaching-Pilots, experiments, initiatives and case studies-Use of new technologies (e.g., mobile phones/smart phones, iPods, PDAs,YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, Google Docs, social networks, etc-Digital identities and discourses within the multiple Afro-Asian learningcontexts-Digital literacies and multiliteracies-Evaluation of the usability of new technologies-Prospects, and future implementations and trends for deploying newtechnologies in Afro-Asian contexts
Forms of SubmissionsWe are keen to receive submissions in two forms:
(1) Academic papers detailing original thoughts and first-hand experiencesin varied areas of Afro-Asian learning and teaching. Such papers mustadhere to the following conditions:-Originality-Should not have been published or not be intended to be published elsewhere-Full chapters (between 5000-7000 words in length) conforming to thefollowing structure: Abstract; Introduction; Background; Main discussion;Future trends/directions; and Conclusion
(2) Descriptions, discussions and reports of pilots, experiments,initiatives and case studies based on Afro-Asian language learning andteaching. These submissions must adhere to the same conditions as the onesspecified above. However, they have to conform to the following chapterformat: Abstract; Introduction; Literature review; Purpose;Approach/Theoretical framework; Research design/methodology; Findings andDiscussion; Research limitations/implications (if applicable).
Proposal Submission ProceduresAuthors are invited to submit chapter proposals (1000 words maximum and asemail attachments) clearly explaining the mission and concerns of theirintended chapters on or before November 15, 2010.
Important DatesChapter Proposal Submission Deadline: 15 November 2010Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: 20 December 2010Full Chapter Submission: 20 January 2010Review Results Returned: 15 February 2011Final Revised Chapter Submission: 10 March 2011Final Acceptance Notification Deadline: 10 April 2011Camera-ready Chapter Submission: 02 May 2011
Typescript, Referencing/Style manuals, Tables, Figures and ImagesManuscripts should be typed on an A-4 size paper/document, double-spaced,with generous margins at the top, bottom, and sides of the page and must bein MS Word 2003-2007 compatible format. The referencing style must conformto the APA style manual. And tables, figures and images used should be in.tif, .jpg or .jpeg format with a high resolution quality of between a180-360 dpi setting. Copyrighted material must be acknowledged andpermission to use such material must be obtained from the copyright holder.NB: All manuscripts will be peer reviewed on a double-blind review basis.
Special RequestNB: Contributors should note that they will be requested to review at least2 or 3 manuscripts and, as such, need to attach their short biographicalnotes (100-150 word long) when submitting their chapter proposals. Theyshould also furnish the following details:
Full name(s)Title/Professional statusDepartment/Section/UnitEmployer/Affiliation/OrganizationCountryE-mail addresses
Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document)or by mail to:
Dr Chaka ChakaDepartment of Humanities EducationWalter Sisulu UniversityPrivate Bag X1Mthatha5117Republic of South Africa
e-mail address: chakachaka8yahoo.com
NB: Please ensure that the submission you email to one editor is also CC’ed(copied) to the other.
Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics; Language Documentation
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