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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:
    machinetranslation.calico@gmail.com

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

    Timeline:

    •       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.

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CALICO Journal Special Issue Call for Papers

Special Issue Title: Social media pathways: Using social media to help language learners access target-language communities

Co-editors: Ellen Yeh (Columbia College Chicago) and Nicholas Swinehart (University of Chicago)

This CALICO Journal special issue explores and investigates CALL practices through the concept of “social media pathways”: using social media to help language learners access target-language communities, both virtual and physical. Social media tools have the potential to help language learners retrieve and critically assess crowd-sourced information from the local community of a target culture (Yeh & Mitric, 2021), enhance intercultural communicative competence (Lomicka & Ducate, 2021), foster social media literacy (Vanwynsberghe et al., 2015; Yeh & Swinehart, 2020), form language learner identities (Thorne et al., 2015), as well as develop sociocultural and pragmatic processes of language socialization (Sykes, 2019; Thorne et al., 2009). Social media can therefore serve as a “pathway” for connecting language learners to target-language communities. This can mean helping learners acquire the context-specific pragmatics and social media literacy necessary for successful interaction with target-language speakers in online communities (Sykes, 2018), or helping students learn about specific areas, cultures, and practices to prepare them for face-to-face interaction (Godwin-Jones, 2016).

This special issue uses a broad definition of social media to refer to any application or technology through which users participate in, create, and share media resources and practices with other users by means of digital networking” (Reinhardt, 2019), which can include blogs, social networking sites, virtual worlds (e.g., Second Life and virtual reality platforms), collaborative project platforms (e.g., Wikipedia), content communities (e.g., YouTube), affinity spaces (e.g., Reddit, Discord, and fan fiction), and online games (e.g., Minecraft, World of Warcraft). While this definition is broad, this special issue focuses on the integration of “authentic” social media environments–those not created or used exclusively for language learning purposes–into curricula and students’ digital practices through bridging activities (Thorne & Reinhardt, 2008), language learners-as-ethnographers (Roberts et al., 2001), or other approaches that attempt to scaffold learners’ understanding of and participation in complex linguistic environments. Through the use of “real-life language, the active engagement in authentic material, the participation in communities in the target language, and boundary crossing” (Miller et al., 2019, p. 551), the social media pathway connects language learners with the target language communities in extensive ways, while always working towards increased knowledge of and/or participation within those communities.

Themes of relevance to social media and target-language communities include, but are not limited to:

  • Innovative approaches to using social media to increase language learners’ access to and participation within target language communities.
  • Effective ways of developing social media literacy for participatory culture in both virtual and face-to-face target language communities.
  • Bridging students’ in-class and out-of-class digital literacy practices to increase language learners’ social and cultural interaction with target language speakers and communities in authentic ways.
  • Developing pragmatic awareness in diverse social media contexts.
  • Integrating social media literacy learner training and teacher training into pre-service and in-service teacher preparation programs.

This special issue invites full-length (no more than 7,000 words, all-inclusive) articles, with preference given to empirical studies. Authors are strongly encouraged to contextualize their contribution within appropriate theoretical and developmental frameworks.

 

Submission deadline for abstracts is October 3, 2022.

 

  • October 3, 2022: Submit an initial proposal of no more than 750 words to the guest editors.
  • Abstracts should be submitted via email (Word or PDF format only) to both co-editors: Ellen Yeh (eyeh@colum.edu) and Nicholas Swinehart (nswinehart@uchicago.edu).
  • If authors have any questions or queries, please contact the guest editors at the email addresses above.
  • October 17, 2022: Notifications for inviting full manuscripts
  • February 1, 2023: Full-length manuscripts due; must comply with CALICO’s formatting guidelines
  • August 15, 2023: Full-length final draft of manuscripts due
  • February, 2024: Special Issue publication

Special Issue to be published in February of 2024. 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. Please send questions about the volume to co-editors Ellen Yeh (eyeh@colum.edu) and Nicholas Swinehart (nswinehart@uchicago.edu).

 

References

Godwin-Jones, R. (2016). Integrating technology into study abroad. Language Learning & Technology, 20(1), 1-20. http://dx.doi.org/10125/44439

Lomicka, L., & Ducate, L. (2021). Using technology, reflection, and noticing to promote intercultural learning during short-term study abroad. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 34(1/2), 35–65. https://doi.org/10.1080/09588221.2019.1640746

Miller, A. M., Morgan, W. J., & Koronkiewicz, B. (2019). Like or Tweet: Analysis of the use of Facebook and Twitter in the language classroom. TechTrends: Linking Research & Practice to Improve Learning, 63(5), 550–558. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11528-018-0341-2

Reinhardt, J. (2019). Social media in second and foreign language teaching and learning: Blogs, wikis, and social networking. Language Teaching, 52(1), 1–39. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0261444818000356

Roberts, C., Byram., M, Barro, A., Jordan, S., & Street, B. (2001). Language Learners as Ethnographers. Multilingual Matters.

Sykes, J. M. (2018). Interlanguage pragmatics, curricular innovation, and digital technologies. CALICO Journal, 35(2), 120–141. https://doi.org/10.1558/cj.36175

Sykes, J. M. (2019). Emergent digital discourses: What can we learn from hashtags and digital games to expand learners’ second language repertoire? Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 39, 128–145. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0267190519000138 

Thorne, S. L., Black, R., & Sykes, J. (2009). Second language use, socialization, and learning in Internet interest communities and online games. The Modern Language Journal, 93, 802–821. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-4781.2009.00974.x

Thorne, S. L., & Reinhardt, J. (2008). “Bridging activities:” New media literacies, and advanced foreign language proficiency. CALICO Journal, 25(3), 558–572. https://doi.org/10.1558/cj.v25i3.558-572

Thorne, S. L., Sauro, S., & Smith, B. (2015). Technologies, identities, and expressive activity. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 35, 215–233. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0267190514000257

Vanwynsberghe, H., Boudry, E., & Verdegem, P. (2015). De impact van ouderschapsstijlen op de ontwikkeling van sociale mediageletterdheid bij adolescenten [The impact of parenting styles on the development of social media literacy among adolescents]. Tijdschrift voor Communicatiewetenschap, 1(43), 84–100.

Yeh, E., & Mitric, S. (2021). Social media and learners-as-ethnographers approach: increasing target-language participation through community engagement. Computer Assisted Language Learning. https://doi.org/10.1080/09588221.2021.2005630 

Yeh, E., & Swinehart, N. (2020). Social media literacy in second language environments: Navigating anonymous user-generated content. Computer Assisted Language Learning. https://doi.org/10.1080/09588221.2020.1830805   

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New Journal Issue Available, 39#2

Editorial

Learning Technology Reviews

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Welcome to the Team, New Book Series Editor

My pleasure to announce that Steph Link is our new Book Series Editor.  A huge thank you to Greg Kessler, our previous book series editor, for all of his work these years!  Welcome to Steph who has been a CALICOer now for quite a while and familiar to most of you.  We look forward to working more with you.

See also our call for proposals for the next book series book.

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Call for proposals: Spring 2024 Book Series Volume

CALICO is now soliciting proposals for the next volume in the Advances in CALL Research and Practice book series to be published with Equinox Publishing in spring 2024! 

The volume may be a single-authored monograph or edited volume and may treat any topic related to the field of CALL. Proposals are due July 15. You can find the full call at this link

You can also email series editor, Steph Link (steph.link@okstate.edu), with questions or meet her at the CALICO conference in Seattle to talk through some ideas. 

Looking forward to seeing your proposals!

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New Issue of the Journal

VOL 39, NO 1 (2022)

Special Issue: Emergency Remote Language Teaching and Learning in Disruptive Times

Guest Edited by Li Jin, Elizabeth Deifell, and Katie Angus

Table of Contents

Editorial

Emergency Remote Language Teaching and Learning in Disruptive Times 
Li Jin , Elizabeth Deifell , Katie Angus

Articles

When “Blended” Becomes “Online” : A Data-Driven Study on the Change of Self- Directed Engagement During COVID-19
Dennis Foung , Julia Chen , Linda Lin
Connecting Through Flipgrid : Examining Social Presence of English Language Learners in an Online Course During the Pandemic
Ellen Yeh , Grace Y. Choi , Yonty Friesem
Pivoting, Partnering, and Sensemaking : How Teachers Navigate the Transition to Remote Teaching Together
Jillian M. Conry , Ann M. Wernick , Paige Ware
“Siempre Adistanciados” : Ideology, Equity, and Access in Peruvian Emergency Distance Education for Spanish as a Second Language
Michele Back , Virginia Zavala , Raiza Franco

Book Reviews

Academic Writing with Corpora: A Resource Book for Data-Driven Learning by Tatyana Karpenko-Seccombe
J. Elliott Casal
Creating Effective Blended Language Learning Courses: A Research-Based Guide from Planning to Evaluation by Daria Mizza and Fernando Rubio
Kathryn Murphy-Judy
Open Education and Second Language Learning and Teaching: The Rise of a New Knowledge Ecology edited by Carl S. Blyth and Joshua J. Thoms
Ananda Astrini Muhammad

Learning Technology Reviews

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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.