Call for Papers: Special Issue of the CALICO Journal

Call for Submissions for Special Issue of the CALICO Journal


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).