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Robert Fischer Memorial Scholarship

A scholarship has been set up in Dr. Fischer’s name, through the World Languages and Literatures Department at Texas State University.  At first the scholarship was designated for French undergraduate majors but has now been expanded to include any language major.  In order for the scholarship to reach endowed status, we need to raise $25,000.  

We are half-way there!! 

If you have the means to make a donation to the scholarship, please click the link below and give what you can.  Thanks for any help!!

https://catfunder.txstate.edu/o/texas-state-university/i/catfunder/s/robert-fischer-scholarship

 

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Call for Papers, Journal Special Issue

Call for Papers: Special Issue of CALICO Journal
Title: Emergency Remote Language Teaching and Learning: Computer-Assisted Language Teaching and Learning in Disruptive Times

Co-editors: Li Jin (DePaul University), Elizabeth Deifell (University of Dubuque), and Katie Angus (University of Southern Mississippi)

This special issue of the CALICO Journal is intended to explore various aspects of emergency remote language teaching and learning, which refers to temporary alternatives to face-to-face and hybrid courses during times of crisis (Hodges et al., 2020). Such crises include pandemics, natural disasters, sociopolitical turbulence, and other states of chronic and extended distress. Contributions will expand theoretical horizons, report on targeted empirical research, and explore innovative approaches to emergency remote language teaching and learning. The editors seek contributions from researchers and educators that examine and reflect on the processes and outcomes of computer-assisted language teaching and learning during disruptive times as well as the short- and long-term impact on language education after a crisis.

Content areas for contributions include – but are not limited to – the following:

  1. Theoretical considerations exploring the unique contexts of language teaching and learning in times of crisis;

  2. Technology-related empirical research examining L2 development and (inter)cultural learning; instructor and student perspectives and experiences; and the effectiveness of faculty training;

  3. Critical reflections on curriculum and pedagogical innovations as well as implications for language teacher education and professional development with regards to computer-assisted language learning;

This special issue will strive to maintain the format of past CALICO Journal Special Issues while also supporting diverse contribution formats. We encourage full-length (approximately 6,000–8,000 words, all inclusive) conceptual/theoretical contributions and empirical studies (e.g., mixed methods, case studies, action research). Authors are strongly encouraged to contextualize their contribution within appropriate theoretical and developmental frameworks.

Empirical studies are particularly encouraged and critical review pieces are also welcome. However, please note that manuscripts that are purely descriptive as well as those which rely primarily on surveys without providing systematic and compelling empirical data and analysis will not be considered.

Any questions about the volume should be addressed to volume co-editors: Li Jin (Ljin2@depaul.edu), Elizabeth Deifell (elizabeth@deifell.com), and Katie Angus (katie.angus@usm.edu). Please write “CALICO Journal Special Issue” in the subject line.

Submission deadline for abstracts is October 1, 2020.

●  Submit an abstract of no more than 400 words to the volume editors at ljin2@depaul.edu, elizabeth@deifell.com, and katie.angus@usm.edu.

●  In your abstract, please state clearly if your proposal should be reviewed as (A) theoretical, (B) empirical, or (C) pedagogical.

●  Full-length manuscript invitations will be sent out by October 15, 2020.

●  Full-length manuscripts will be due February 15, 2021, and must comply with CALICO’s authoring guidelines (found here).

●  Full-length final draft of manuscripts will be due August 1, 2021.

Special Issue to be published in February 2022 (39.1). Please note that abstract acceptance does not guarantee publication of the submitted manuscript. All manuscripts will be subject to a double-blind peer review process.

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Call for Chapter Proposals, Book Series

CALICO Book Series: Advances in CALL Research and Practice (https://calico.org/book-series/)

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS

2022 CALICO Book Title: IDENTITY, MULTILINGUALISM, AND CALL Chapter Proposals due – August 1, 2020
Guest Editor: Liudmila Klimanova, Ph.D.

Interest in digital multilingual identity in the fields of applied linguistics and language education has been growing exponentially in recent years, encompassing new variables and realities of life, such as translanguaging, heightened multilingualism, linguistic superdiversity, multimodal computer-mediated communication, and even social justice and forensics (e.g., Chiang & Grant, 2018; Grant & Macleod, 2016). New theoretical assumptions and recent global challenges urge us to problematize the construct of virtual identity (Kramsch, 2009) in the face of globalization, increased virtual connectedness, and the hybridizing of transcultural and translingual practices and intersecting physical movements of people (Canagarajah, 2013; De Costa & Norton, 2016; Higgins, 2011). Singling out identity research within the field of computer- assisted language learning (CALL) is particularly critical in the era of hyperlingualism, a form of multilingualism characterized by the increased participatory nature of digital communication and the provision of multiple languages in digital contexts, leading to “a kind of hyper-differentiation in relation to language, whereby more and more languages are achieving their own bounded spaces and places of use on the web and in other digital contexts” (Kelly-Homes, 2019, p. 31).

This volume will contribute to this new body of interdisciplinary research, featuring theoretical papers and research studies of identity performance and multilingual communication in institutional and cross-cultural computer-mediated social environments. Of particular significance to the field of multilingual CALL are critical issues associated with informal language learning, and learner identification ‘in the wilds” – digital contexts or virtual communities that are not governed by a formally recognized educational provider (Sauro & Zourou, 2019).

The editors invite chapter proposals on a range of topics and empirical contributions that address these and related lines of inquiry connected to critical pedagogies, intercultural education, monolingual hegemonies in virtual spaces and social networks, learner and teacher identities, multimodal and multilingual identity performances and linguistic inequality in digital social spaces. In particular, we seek original

submissions that present diverse theoretically grounded and methodologically rigorous empirical studies in CALL, focusing on the study of multilingual identity and self-concept in virtual interaction. Studies may include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • New theoretical approaches to the study of hyperlingualism (as a new form of multilingualism) and identity in CALL contexts;

  • Conceptual chapters that address new methodological approaches for researching digital identity and multilingualism in CALL;

  • Empirical research on the intersection of multilingualism\hyperlingualism\ideolingualism and identity performance in digital environments;

  • Classroom-based research studies of teacher and learner positioning and identity enactment in instructional digitally-mediated language learning contexts;

  • Impact of multilingualism on intercultural education.

Submission Guidelines:
Potential authors should provide a chapter proposal and a brief bio. The proposal should be detailed enough to provide a clear idea of the content of the full chapter. Full chapter submissions of 6,000 – 8,500 words will be due on January 15, 2021. For questions, contact 2022 CALICO Book Guest Editor, Liudmila Klimanova (klimanova@arizona.edu).

What to include in the chapter proposal:

  1. Tentative chapter title
  2. 75-100 word biographical statement for each author (job title, department, university name, university location plus any research interests or recent publications)
  3. 350-500 word abstract:
    1. overview of the key idea, issue or research question
    2. relationship of the key idea or issue to the thesis of the book theme
    3. potential implications and audience

Send your chapter proposal as a MS Word document via email by August 1, 2020 to calico2022volume@gmail.com. Please note that abstract acceptance does not guarantee publication of the submitted manuscript. All manuscripts will be subject to a double-blind peer review process.

Production Timeline:

  • August 1, 2020 – chapter proposals/expression of interest due
  • August 15, 2020 – notifications to authors
  • January 15, 2021 – full chapters due (6,000 – 8,500 words)
  • March 15, 2021 – double blind peer reviews sent to authors
  • June 15, 2021 – revised chapters due
  • July 1, 2021 – full volume sent to Publisher
  • Spring 2022 – anticipated publication

References

Canagarajah, A. S. (2013). Translingual practice: global Englishes and cosmopolitan relations. Routledge.
Chiang, E. & Grant, T. (2018). Deceptive identity performance: Offender moves and multiple identities in online child abuse conversations. Applied Linguistics, 1-25.
Grant, T., & Macleod, N. (2016). Assuming identities online: Experimental linguistics applied to the policing of online pedophile activity. Applied Linguistics, 37(1), 50-70.
De Costa, P., & Norton, B. (2016). Identity in language learning and teaching. Research agendas for the future. In S. Preece. (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Language and Identity. Routledge.
Domingo, M. (2016). Language and identity research in online environments. A multimodal ethnographic perspective. In S. Preece (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Language and Identity. Routledge
Higgins, C. (2011). Identity formation in globalized contexts: language learning in the new millennium. Mouton de Gruyter.
Kelly-Holmes, H. (2019). Multilingualism and technology: A review of developments in digital communication from monolingualism to idiolingualism. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 39, 24-39.
Kramsch, C. (2009). The multilingual subject: What foreign language learners say about their experience and why it matters. Oxford University Press.
Sauro, S., & Zourou, K. (2019). What are the digital wilds? Language Learning & Technology, 23(1), 1–7.

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Special Interest Group Newsletters

For those of you interested in specific types of computer-assisted language learning, you might want to take a minute and look through CALICO’s special interest groups and see if you’d like to join one or more of them.

Here are a couple of newsletters recently published by the Graduate Student SIG and the Virtual Worlds SIG

Graduate Student SIG Newsletter May 2020

Virtual Worlds Newsletter June 2020

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Annual Award Winners

Three awards are presented each year: Access to Language Education, Outstanding Graduate Student and Best Article

This year’s Access to Language Education Award, in association with the Esperantic Studies Foundation, was awarded to Qing Ma Angel and team for their website The Corpus-Aided Platform for Language Teachers (CAP)

This year’s Robert A. Fischer Outstanding Graduate Student Award was given to Margherita Berti of the University of Arizona.

And last but not least, an award was given for Best Article in the CALICO Journal for Volume 36 to Lara Lomicka Anderson and Fabrizio Fornara: Using Visual Social Media in Language Learning to Investigate the Role of Social Presence