LINGUIST List 32.1595

Fri May 07 2021

FYI: CALL Teacher Education & Professional Development

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 04-May-2021
From: Dara Tafazoli <>
Subject: CALL Teacher Education & Professional Development
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The COVID-19 pandemic, in particular, has highlighted the critical role of technology in language education. However, the successful integration of technologies in language education mainly depends on the teacher’s knowledge and literacy to apply them effectively and meaningfully. In other words, in the end, teachers are those who should decide which technologies, as a means of instruction, would assist them in language teaching and how to use the chosen technology in delivering the content. One of the main issues in integrating technology in language education is teacher education and professional development. Both pre- and in-service language teachers should receive continuous training on technology-based pedagogy.

Research on technology implementation in language education has mainly been in the field of what is called ‘Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL).’ The literature review on CALL teacher education and professional development also shows that little has been focused on: a) What CALL teacher education should entail in order to help teachers adopt technology effectively, b) How exactly CALL professional development courses impact teachers’ technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge, and c) What are the barriers and enablers of the uptake and effective use of CALL literacy by language teachers under conditions of a rapid increase in technology use (e.g., COVID-19 outbreak).

This special issue aims to concentrate on innovative practices, practical applications, and theoretical frameworks and approaches to address CALL teacher education and professional development in different countries from pre-school to higher education. More specifically, my goal with this special issue is twofold: to showcase practitioners and researchers in an internationally reputable journal and to provide an outlet for language teachers to reflect on their own engagement in CALL professional development based on the recent findings in the field.

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The scope of the special issue includes but is not limited to the following topics:

- Critical analysis of available theoretical frameworks
- TPACK and CALL/MALL teacher education and professional development
- CALL/MALL teacher education amid the (post)pandemic era (i.e., COVID-19)
- Preparing teachers for Emergency remote teaching
- Current CALL/MALL workshops and webinars
- Need analysis of CALL/MALL teacher education and professional development courses


The following timeline is anticipated:

Proposal submission to the editor: June 15, 2021
Proposal acceptance/rejection notification: June 30, 2021
Full manuscript submission due: October 1, 2021
Review results: November 1, 2021
Revised manuscripts due: December 1, 2021
Final revisions requested: December 15, 2021
Publication: February 2022


This special issue is proposed to be published by the journal of Teaching English with Technology (TEwT).

Submission and inquiries:

I invite you to submit a proposal of no more than 500 words using APA 7th style in MS Word format (.doc/.docx) to Proposals should detail the area of focus, the gap, the research design and methodologies used, and key findings related to CALL teacher education and professional development. Identifying information, including name of author(s), affiliation(s), contact information for all author(s), and a 50-word biographical statement for each author, should be included in the proposal. Based on the review of the proposals, authors will be invited to submit complete manuscripts for possible inclusion in the special issue.

For this special issue, please submit your proposals and inquiries directly to:
Dara Tafazoli

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

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