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CALICO Journal Special Issue, Machine Translation, Call for Papers

Papers are invited for a special issue of CALICO, the journal of the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium, on ‘Web-based Machine translation in language teaching’.
    Co-editors: Karina von Lindeiner-Stráský, Ursula Stickler, Andrew Gargett (all at the Open University, UK, Milton Keynes)

    Web-based machine translation (WBMT), supported by freely available tools such as GoogleTranslate, MS Translate and DeepL, has become wide-spread over the past decade. Although language learners and non-linguists frequently make use of it, language teachers show more diverse attitudes towards WBMT: from enthusiasm to caution and even enmity. The special issue co-editors, researchers at the Open University, UK, have begun to investigate WBMT and its potential and are even starting to include WBMT into their formal language teaching.
    To enhance our understanding of the subject and to disseminate high-quality projects engaging in pedagogic use of WBMT in language teaching, we invite submission of abstracts, in the first instance, in the field of WBMT in language teaching.
    Topics include but are not limited to:
    •       technical affordances and future developments of web-based, freely available machine translation tools;
    •       attitudes of teachers and learners towards machine translation;
    •       empirical studies on the use of machine translation in language teaching;
    •       differences in attitudes towards and uses of machine translation in the teaching of different modern foreign languages
    •       benefits and drawbacks of machine translation in teaching language and translation;
    •       innovative research methods used to investigate machine translation in language learning;
    •       examples of successful incorporation of WBMT into language teaching.

    We encourage full-length (approximately 6,000–8,000 words, all-inclusive) contributions and empirical studies.

    Any questions about the volume should be addressed to the co-editors, Karina von Lindeiner-Stráský, Andrew Gargett and Ursula Stickler at:

    Initial abstracts of no more than 750 words should be submitted to the SI co-editors at by 15 November 2022; full papers are due 15 February 2023 for a 2024 journal publication date.


    •       15 November 2022: abstract submission
    •       1 December 2022: Decisions on proposal made and full-length manuscript invitations as well as CALICO’s formatting guidelines sent out.
    •       15 February 2023: First draft of papers due
    •       2023: double-blind review process
    •       Early 2024: Full-length final draft of manuscripts due
    •       2024: Special Issue Publication

    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.