LINGUIST List 31.2455

Tue Aug 04 2020

FYI: Call for Chapter Proposals for an Edited Volume

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 01-Aug-2020
From: Ali Jalalian Daghigh <>
Subject: Call for Chapter Proposals for an Edited Volume
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Dear Colleagues,

I am putting up a call for chapter proposals for an edited volume to be published by Springer: Palgrave Macmillan

Neoliberalization of Language Teaching and Learning in the Global South

Editors: Ali Jalalian Daghigh (

Jariah Mohd Jan (
University of Malaya, Malaysia

Neoliberalism has become a powerful point of reference in the world today. Originally a theory of economic practice in the West, which promotes free-market values, through deregulation of economy, marketisation of society, liberating of individuals, and entrepreneurial freedom has burst out of its field and extended to others including education. In the broader field of education, the shift from pedagogical to market values have been criticized for they lead to abandonment of socio-cultural and ethical values in favour of the individualist and competitive values of the market such as privatization of education, setting the priority of educational services to be the provider of human capital. The fast-paced changes of globalization have not only led into adopting neoliberal values by the global south countries i.e. East Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, it has also created an asymmetrical interdependence of the global south on the global north (Western countries) products to realign their economy.

A major move by the global south has been to ensure that citizens are competent global workforce through enhancing their English ability. In recent years, the link that researchers have made between neoliberalism and applied linguistics have foregrounded the issue of neoliberalism in English language teaching and learning (ELT). They argue that the world’s English language needs and policies have created a neoliberal climate giving an excuse to Anglo-American TESOL organizations to reinforce their curricula and teaching materials, and increase their profit. Researchers have also argued against the linguistic imperialism of the English language in many contexts where individuals’ success is measured by their English language skills. More recently, the criticisms involve ELT materials, particularly textbooks produced in the West, that are claimed to be saturated with neoliberal values that clash with the schema of learners in non-western contexts. A few scholars, however, have investigated the intersection between Neoliberalism and the ELT industry from the wider perspective. Therefore, the projects aim to bring together studies from the global south countries whose ELT industry’s policies, teaching, learning and assessment programmes and materials are influenced by the Neoliberalism ideology.

Recommended topics

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Neoliberalism and ELT policies
- Neoliberalism and Teacher Training Programmes
- Neoliberalism and the CEFR
- Neoliberalism and Language assessment
- Neoliberalism ideology as in ELT materials
- Neoliberalism language policies and Linguistic Imperialism
- Individual success and Linguistic Imperialism
- Native speakers in linguistics imperialism

We invite both established and emerging scholars to write a theoretically and/or empirically informed chapter that falls into the agenda of this proposed volume dealing with a global south country.

please Submit an abstract of 300 words to with a CC to

State your working title of the chapter, your affiliation, contact details, and a short bio statement (100-150 words)

Tentative Timeline:

Abstract of proposed chapter (300 words): 30 August 2020
Abstract submitters will be notified of acceptance: 15 September 2020
Submission of the first draft of the chapters: 15 January 2021
Review and feedback sent to authors: 30 January 2021
Submission of the final draft of the chapters (7000 words): 30 March 2021
Submission of the book draft to the publisher: May 2021

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

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