LINGUIST List 23.2916

Tue Jul 03 2012

FYI: Call for Book Chapter Proposals - Agency and SLA

Editor for this issue: Kristen Dunkinson <>

Date: 03-Jul-2012
From: Elizabeth Miller <>
Subject: Call for Book Chapter Proposals - Agency and SLA
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Submission Deadline: September 15, 2012

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Theorizing and Analyzing Agency andSecond Language Learning (Tentative title)

Edited byDr. Ping Deters (Seneca College, Ontario, Canada)Dr. Xuesong “Andy” Gao (University of Hong Kong)Dr. Elizabeth R. Miller (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)Dr. Gergana Vitanova (University of Central Florida)

Second language researchers are increasingly treating agency as afundamental construct in understanding language learning processesand language learner identities. This growing emphasis on learneragency reflects the broader shift in second language research toexploring learners as complex individuals whose language use,meaning making and actions are mediated by their social and culturalworlds. However, leading scholars in the field have commented on thelingering under-theorization of agency and the concomitant lack ofclarity in defining agency that characterizes much of the currentresearch. Others have noted the difficulty of establishing soundanalytic procedures for investigating agency empirically. In addition,the difficulty of translating theory into practice continues to challengesecond language instructors.

We are seeking proposals for chapters that address the construct ofagency through theoretical and empirical research in second languagestudies. In particular, we are interested in manuscripts that correspondto one of the following three objectives for the volume:

1. Provide an interdisciplinary introduction to theories of agency andsecond language learning, e.g.:- practice theory,- sociocultural theory,- positioning theory,- performativity,- critical theory, and others.Separate chapters will demonstrate how their particular theoreticalapproaches lead to commensurate definitions or understandings ofagency.

2. Present varying analytic approaches adopted in empirical studies,e.g.:- discourse analysis,- narrative studies,- systemic functional linguistics, and others.These chapters will foreground the analytic procedures used anddemonstrate how they have been applied in empirical research.

3. Demonstrate how theory and empirical findings can beimplemented into pedagogical practices that support learner agency orenable learner agency to emerge, in various learning contexts, e.g.:- second language,- foreign language,- classroom-based,- naturalistic,- TESOL, and others.

Chapter Proposal Submission Process:

You are invited to submit a 600-word proposal by September 15, 2012containing the following information:- Book section to which your chapter is being submitted (theoreticalfocus, analytic focus, or pedagogical focus)- Proposed chapter title- Author name(s) and affiliation(s)- Overview of chapter which addresses how it aligns with the selectedobjective- 4-6 keywords- Brief biography of author(s)

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by November 1, 2012.

This volume has been discussed with an internationally reputablepublisher. Once chapter proposals have been accepted, a full bookproposal will be sent to the publisher. Upon acceptance by thepublisher, potential chapter authors will be invited to submit fullchapters (up to 8,000 words) and will be sent guidelines for preparingchapters along with submission deadlines (approximately three monthsfrom notification). Chapters should be original manuscripts and shouldnot be submitted for publication elsewhere. All submitted chapters willbe reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also berequested to serve as reviewers for this book project.

Inquiries and chapter proposals can be submitted electronically (Worddocument) to the editors:

Ping Deters -

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics

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