Call for Papers: Special Issue of Language Learning Journal

*Call for papers – special issue of Language Learning Journal*


Papers are invited for a forthcoming special issue of the Language Learning Journal, the official journal of the
Association for Language Learning (ALL), on /Languages of the Wider World: Valuing Diversity./

This special issue will focus on the learning and teaching of ‘Languages of the Wider World’, defined as less-commonly taught languages that do not have a large presence in UK Higher Education (i.e. at tertiary level), either in terms of  student numbers and/or spread and range of provision. The geographical area covered is wide and includes the languages of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, Russian and other Slavonic and East European languages, Hebrew, Yiddish, Dutch  and Scandinavian languages. Amongst these are many minority and community languages in the UK as well as languages considered to be of strategic importance.

We particularly welcome papers that address aspects of the teaching and learning of these languages in terms of (i) practitioner perspectives (e.g. curriculum and materials development, course recognition and accreditation, widening participation, staff training, and translation and interpreting); (ii) policy and other responses to the challenges of linguistic hyperdiversity found in nation states today.

The issue will be guest edited by Professor Itesh Sachdev (SOAS, University of London) in collaboration with:

Professor Richard Clément (University of Ottawa), Dr Jean Marc Dewaele (Birkbeck, University of London), Dr Jim Anderson (Goldsmiths College, University of London), Jo Eastlake (SOAS, University of London), Dr Shoshannah Holdom  (University of Southampton), Dr Noriko Iwasaki (SOAS, University of London), Cristina Ros i Solé (UCL, University of London) and Vicky Wright (University of Southampton).

Enquiries and submissions should be addressed to:

Dr Shoshannah Holdom, Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, School of Humanities (65A Crawford Building, Rm 3011), University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ.
Email:; Tel: 02380 599637; Fax: 02380 594815.

All submissions must be received no later than 1st February 2009.

Contributors are advised to consult the Notes for contributors for guidance on the length, organisation and format of articles.  (