Paul Kei Matsuda

CFP: CALICO Journal Special Issue

Title: Second Language Acquisition Theories, Technologies, and Language Learning

Co-editors: Bryan Smith (Arizona State University) and Steven L. Thorne (Penn State)

This special issue of the CALICO Journal is intended to provide a state-of-the-art overview of diverse approaches to the processes, methodologies, and findings associated with second language acquisition theory and research in the context of new media and second/foreign language education. We solicit technology-related research that examines foreign and second language learning and teaching taking place in traditional instructional settings, blended learning formats, distance education contexts, as well as language use and learning in organic and open internet environments (e.g., internet interest communities, online gaming and virtual worlds, etc.). Empirical studies are particularly encouraged and critical review pieces are also welcome.

The editors seek original submissions that represent diverse research methodological and theoretical approaches including (but not limited to):

Human-computer interaction
Ecological approaches
Conversation analysis
Critical applied linguistics/critical pedagogy
Corpus and/or computational linguistics
Cognitive neuroscience
Discourse analysis
Interactional sociolinguistics
Language socialization
Systemic functional linguistics
Interaction approach to SLA
Sociocognitive approaches
Cultural-historical activity theory and/or Vygotskian sociocultural theory
Linguistic anthropology
Cultural studies
Communication theory

Each author will be expected to provide a concise description of the SLA approach and/or research methodology employed in the article, important research and pedagogical findings produced from this framework, and to address the strengths and limitations of the theory in relationship to applied linguistics research, pedagogical practice and technology design.

Please send inquiries and suggestions for contributions to both Steve Thorne ( and Bryan Smith ( Please list CALICO Journal Special Issue in the subject line.

Extended abstracts (~500 words) are due by January 15th, 2010.
Full-length manuscripts are due by May 15th, 2010.

The CALICO Journal is the journal of the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) and is devoted to the dissemination of information concerning the application of technology to language teaching and language learning. The CALICO Journal is fully refereed and publishes articles, research studies, reports, software reviews, and professional news and announcements. The CALICO Journal (ISSN 0742-7778) is published three times a year (September, January, and May).

Bryan Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics
Arizona State University
Department of English
Box 870302
Tempe, AZ 85287-0302

Office Location: LL549-B
Office Phone:    No office phone, sorry :-(
Try me on SKYPE @ davidbryansmith
Department Fax:  480-965-3451


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