International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning & Teaching (IJCALLT)
Call for Papers for a Special Issue on:
Task-based Language Teaching and Technology: Challenges and Opportunities
Abstracts due: September 20, 2011
Michael Thomas, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Chun Lai, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
This special issue of IJCALLT intends to address key issues related to task-based language teaching (TBLT) utilizing technology. Interest in task-based Language teaching has been growing over the last two to three decades, particularly in the west but most recently also in Asia. The TBLT approach emphasizes the importance of real-world communicative tasks as part of an experiential learning process in which learners engage in the negotiation of meaning. Although efforts have been made to align TBLT with an “authentic”, “experiential”, and “process-oriented” approach focused on “non-linguistic” goals, it has attracted a number of critiques. These include challenges associated with implementing TBLT in formal classroom situations, in which both learners and teachers may find it difficult to maintain the illusion of “authentic” interaction which is not geared towards assessments and class assignments. TBLT may also promote a restrictive functional approach that limits learner creativity. Furthermore, TBLT implies an active style of learning which may not fit well with other cultures that rely on more passive interactions between learners and teachers, or where large class sizes and mixed proficiency groups, may present obstacles in terms of learner motivation and involvement. Technology presents opportunities to overcome a number of these challenges, by expanding the range of resources available to learners; presenting learners with the opportunity to participate in online communities and cross-cultural communication; enhancing the authenticity of tasks through the use of online simulations; and enabling learner agency and improving learner identity. Furthermore, the use of technology in language learning contexts may also improve a range of so-called 21st century skills such as digital literacy. By examining the intersection of TBLT and technology, the special issue seeks to examine these challenges and opportunities from both teacher and learner perspectives. Topics relevant to the special issue may include, but are not limited to:
An abstract (approx. 400-500 words plus references in APA style) outlining the content and aims of the proposed article should be submitted via email as a Microsoft Word attachment to the editors firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com no later than 20 September 2011.
July 2011 - Call for expressions of interest
September 20, 2011 - Abstracts due
March 31, 2012 - Full papers due
July 15, 2012 - Revised papers due
September, 2012 - Delivery to the publisher
Following a review of abstracts, full papers between 5,500 and 8,000 words will be required in line with the guidelines available at http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?titleid=41023.
IJCALLT is an Official Publication of the Information Resources Management Association.
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