Call for Proposals 2023

40 years of CALICO: Toward open, sustainable, and multimodal CALL

2023 marks the 40th anniversary of CALICO! 🎂

We seize this moment to invite proposals that address key learnings from 40 years of research and development in our vibrant community, and, going forward, essential questions for the further development of our field. In particular, we invite participants to address questions and issues connected to the themes of openness, sustainability and multimodality.

We strive to be open to the ways in which CALL can be leveraged for designing inclusive and widely accessible learning environments for a wide range of audiences (e.g. K12, higher education, or lifelong learning) in a wide range of formats (e.g., virtual exchange, hybrid and flexible teaching and learning), across the continuum of formal, informal and non-formal learning contexts, and that embrace multilingualism. Openness also connects to the interdisciplinarity of our field: as an open community of researchers and practitioners, what can we learn from and how do we uniquely contribute to other related disciplines (e.g. second-language acquisition, educational psychology, learning analytics, teacher education)?

When we say ‘sustainable’, we refer to the capacity of our field to systematically develop knowledge on effective CALL (e.g., through replication studies or meta-analyses), and to have a lasting impact on research and practice (e.g., through open science, open educational resources, open-source software, or collaboration between academics and industry).

By multimodal, we mean the opportunities that CALL offers for (re-)creating sensorially and pedagogically rich language learning spaces (e.g. multimedia glosses for reading or listening, extended reality technologies for embodied simulations in the target language), for better understanding and supporting the language-learning process (e.g., through speech processing or multimodal learning analytics), or for empowering learners to produce digital narratives and develop their multiliteracies.

Proposals on other topics are of course also welcome!

Although the conference will be face to face, there will be online sessions scheduled at times convenient for attendees around the world.

Proposal guidelines: