LINGUIST List 23.3009

Tue Jul 10 2012

FYI: CFP: 2nd Lang Students with Disabilities

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <>

Date: 10-Jul-2012
From: Dina Tsagari <>
Subject: CFP: 2nd Lang Students with Disabilities
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Call for Papers for an Edited Volume Entitled 'Assessing SecondLanguage Students with Learning and Other Disabilities'

Edited by Dr Dina Tsagari & Dr George Spanoudis (University ofCyprus)

To be published with LIT Verlag (‘Studies on Education’, tentativeseries):


The population of students is becoming increasingly diverse, bothculturally and linguistically. The numbers of children diagnosed withspecific learning differences, SpLD (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia,dyscalculia, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder) as well asthose with other disabilities like visual, hearing or physicalimpairments, is steadily increasing today; so is the number of studentsenrolled in special education. This situation, combined with greaterawareness of individual human rights, has led to an increased demandfor appropriate testing and assessment provision. This is of particularconcern to second or foreign language test providers (Taylor, 2012)and teachers (Kormos and Smith, 2012; Kormos and Kontra, 2008),who are very often faced with the challenge of having to offer specialarrangements (accommodations) to second language learners (SLLs)with disabilities: they need to depart from the established testingprocedures and alter their protocols, administration and/or content inorder to accommodate the special needs of SLLs with disabilities.

In this context, the intended volume seeks to discuss the theoretical,ethical and practical considerations involved and explore thetheoretical models and research findings that better identify thelanguage and special needs of SLLs with SpLD and other disabilitiesand evaluate the effectiveness of accommodation practices employedso far. Studies of both high-stakes tests and classroom-basedassessments that are related to the special needs of SLLs are invitedconducted by professionals and researchers working in the area ofpsychology, special education and second/foreign language testingand assessment. The ultimate aim is to create a compilation of papersbased on both theoretical and research chapters that address the fairassessment of this special population of SLLs.

Topics to be covered in the volume:

These will include:

- the identification, classification, and definition of SpLD and otherdisabilities in the SLL population that expand on our currentclassification systems or models of identification;- existing legislations in place in various contexts in relation to testtaking for SLLs with various kinds of disabilities;- the variety of accommodations in place in various educationalcontexts to meet the assessment needs of SLLs with SpLD and otherdisabilities;- the evaluation of the effectiveness of assessment accommodationsfor SLLs with SpLD and other disabilities;- issues of ethics, reliability, validity and practicality in the assessmentof SLLs with SpLD and other disabilities;- the identification of salient cultural variables and the role of affectiveand motivational factors in the assessment of SLLs with SpLD andother disabilities;- the application of assessment procedures with diverse SLLpopulations with SpLD and other disabilities;- comparability issues in the assessment of SLLs with SpLD and otherdisabilities across various contexts and languages;- issues that concern the development of suitable assessment tools:design, development, administration and evaluation of existing or newlanguage testing and other assessment tools/methods for SLLs withSpLD and other disabilities;- perspective of assessments of teachers’ and SLLs with SpLD andother disabilities- the training needs of language teachers, examiners and other staffinvolved in the assessment of SLLs with SpLD and other disabilities;- the exploration of using technology in the assessment SLLs withSpLD and other disabilities.

Contributors to the volume are expected to address the issuesidentified from a theoretical as well as from an empirical point of view.Studies from both cross-sectional and longitudinal nature areencouraged as well as studies conducted with young and adult SpLDand other disabilities in either high- or low-stakes environments. Theworking language of the chapters of the volume will be English.However, any language used as either second and/or foreign can bethe focus of the forthcoming chapters.

Structure of the volume:

The edited volume will be divided in several sections (depending on thenature of proposals received). Overall the volume will include:- an introduction to the volume by the editors- an editorial written by one or two renowned scholar/s with expertisein the fields addressed in the volume- the papers submitted with short abstracts organized in thematic order- bibliographical references at the end of every paper


Contributors to the volume will be academics, researchers,professionals (test developers or representatives of professionalorganizations) in the fields of psychology, special education andlanguage teaching and assessment as well as postgraduate students(PhD level) who have completed research in the area.


The edited volume is primarily intended for:- Scholars and researchers,- Undergraduate/Postgraduate students,- Professional educational organisations,- Educational policy makers and administrators,- (Language) testing organizations and test developers,- (Language) teachers and teacher trainers,- Material writers and publishers,- Special educators and school psychologists

Procedures and schedule:

Those interested please submit a preliminary proposal. Proposals willbe approximately 1 page (A4 size) or roughly 500 words in length.These should include the following information:- Title of article- Author name(s), affiliation(s), and detailed contact information- Proposal

Proposals will be evaluated according to:a. relevance to the topics of the volumeb. language of the proposal (needs to conform to native-speakerstandards for academic writing)c. clear address of the problem/issue/research question/s discussedd. clear outline of conclusions of the study (in the case of a research-oriented paper)e. clear and coherent structure of the proposal as a wholeSuccessful authors will be invited later to submit full papers for peerreview following normal procedures based on the formatting guidelinesof the publisher.


Please send proposals to Dina Tsagari ( Informal inquiries may besent to the same addresses.


Overall, the following timeline is anticipated:

Deadline for extensive abstracts: 20 September 2012Deadline review of abstracts and invitation to write whole paper: 30September 2012Full paper submission deadline: 30 November 2012Comments from special editors: 31 January 2013Revised draft submission deadline: 1 March 2013Comments from special editors: 15 April 2013Final draft submission deadline: 25 May 2013Submission of manuscript to publishers: 30 June 2013Anticipated publication date: September 2013

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discipline of Linguistics

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