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EUROCALL2015, Padova, Italy, 26-29 August, 2015

Registration now open!

If you have not yet heard about the status of your submission please contact the programme chair at eurocall2015programme@gmail.com

The 22nd EUROCALL conference will be held at the University of Padova in Italy from 26th to 29th August 2015 .

The program will include individual papers, symposia, workshops, presentations on EU-funded projects, and posters.

EUROCALL conferences are hosted under the auspices of the EUROCALL Association. They bring together educators, researchers, PhD students, administrators, designers of software and language learning systems, policy makers and other professionals involved in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) around the globe.


Critical CALL

The theme of this year’s conference is Critical CALL, fostering the notion that we now want to step back and critically appraise the field of CALL, to unpack and examine some of the assumptions that may have become ingrained in our practice, and also to reflect on the state of CALL and language pedagogy. There is also a need to take a critical stance and question what it is we are doing and whose interests we might be serving, since technology is not neutral, and nor is education. Inspired by those who advocate critical approaches to second language teaching, learning and assessment, especially when mediated by technology, we are particularly interested in contributions that look at the interdependence between language learning, power relationships and social change.

Papers on the following themes would be particularly welcome

  • Lessons learnt in CALL
  • Evaluating the costs of CALL
  • The constraints of CALL (institutional, financial, technological, social)
  • Hegemonies in CALL
  • Corpora and foreign language teaching and course design
  • Learner corpora
  • CALL for CLIL and Language Medium Instruction
  • Interdisciplinarity and Internationalization through CALL
  • Telecollaboration and CMC
  • CALL and less commonly taught languages
  • CALL, inclusion and social justice
  • Digital and critical literacies
  • Open educational resources
  • MOOCs for language learning
  • Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL)
  • Gaming and virtual worlds
  • Learning analytics and CALL design
  • Online testing and assessment
  • Teacher education and professional development
  • Evaluating CALL research

Proposals for Papers, Symposia, European Projects, Workshops and Posters must be submitted in English or Italian. 

Authors of accepted presentations are requested to submit a short paper (1,500 words) for publication in the online conference proceedings, and may also submit an extended version for peer-reviewed publication in ReCALL or the EUROCALL Review. Details will follow shortly.

Important dates

Submission system opens: 15th January 2015

Deadline for submissions of proposals: extended to 20th February 2015

Notification of acceptance: by 20th April 2015

Early-bird Registration ends: 31st May 2015

Deadline for submissions of short papers for proceedings: 31st July 2015

Presentation categories

1. Individual papers

Papers can be submitted for either 45 minute presentations or 30 minute presentations:

  • 45 minute presentations:30 minutes presenting, 10 minutes for questions, 5 minutes for room changes
  • 30 minute presentations: 20 minutes presenting, 5 for questions, 5 minutes for room changes

Three types of papers may be given:

  1. Research: papers focusing on a clearly specified research topic supported by a rationale, including a brief literature review. The thrust may be empirical or theoretical. The methodology should be clearly outlined as well as the actual or potential findings.
     
  2. Research and development: papers focusing on the development of applications and programmes integrating CALL. The research should be original and may emphasize practice rather than research. They may also be based on projects either completed or under development (European, national, local).
     
  3. Reflective practice: papers dealing with the integration of ICT in different contexts and for different purposes. The reflection could take the form of evaluation or action-research. Proposals should include elements that are of relevance beyond the context of the practice described.

2. Symposia

Symposia consist of from three to six presentations on a similar topic, proposed and organised by a chairperson, and should normally address the conference theme. Sessions last for 90 minutes, with NO changeover during the symposium. The proposal should outline the purpose of the symposium, the names and institutions of the participants, with a sentence mentioning what aspect of the main problem that each will address.

Submissions for symposia from EUROCALL’s SIGs are particularly welcome, with a view to promote their work to the conference delegates and encourage participation in the SIGs. Current Eurocall SIGs are: Teacher Education, Virtual Worlds, Natural Language Processing, CorpusCall, Computer Mediated Communication, and Mobile-Assisted Language Learning.

3. European Projects

This year’s conference will again offer a forum for the showcasing and dissemination of EU-funded projects. Each project will be allocated a 30 minute slot, including questions.

4. Workshops

Workshops are either half a day or a full day in duration and typically involve a hands-on session, where participants have the opportunity to become familiar with the latest developments in relevant topic areas in language teaching and learning and tools associated with these. We particularly welcome workshop proposals addressing the conference theme from theoretical and/or practical perspectives.  The proposal should include the intended duration of the workshop, its main purpose and a brief outline of topics covered/ activities as well as technical requirements. Workshops will be scheduled on 26th August.

This year we would like to offer some workshops which focus on specific theoretical frameworks and/or research methods, offering a brief introduction, question and answer sessions for participants and the possibility for CALL doctoral students to briefly present and get feedback on their studies.

5. Posters

Since posters aim to attract attention to a particular project or research domain, they should mainly focus on work in progress. They may, however, report previous or preliminary findings. Posters should be clear, easy to read and attractively laid out. Submissions from advanced students are especially welcome in this category. A prize will be awarded for the best poster in two categories: PhD/Graduate student and non-PhD student.

Format of abstracts

All presentation categories require a submission of an abstract that does not exceed 500 words, excluding the title, names and affiliations. You will have to select from a list of conference subthemes (topics) which will allow us to place your paper in the appropriate strand. You should provide 3 or 4 keywords too that will also help us place your abstract into the appropriate category. You can type your abstract directly onto the online form or paste a previously edited text. Plain text should be used. Do not use any formatting elements (bold or italics, bullets, list elements, symbols, borders, lines, etc.) The abstract system does not accept charts, tables, graphics or photos.

How to submit your proposal

The online abstract submission system has been developed using OpenConf, an open source programme. Complete the form and submit your proposal before 20th February 2015. An e-mail acknowledging receipt will automatically be sent to you. Please note the password you will have entered for future reference. (Please check your spam filter if the e-mail notification does not reach you). The submission ID, which you will receive via email upon submission of the form, along with this password will allow you to make future changes to your submission.

Format of abstracts

All presentation categories require a submission of an abstract that does not exceed 500 words, excluding the title, names and affiliations. You will have to select from a list of conference subthemes (topics) which will allow us to place your paper in the appropriate strand. You should provide 3 or 4 keywords too that will also help us place your abstract into the appropriate category. You can type your abstract directly onto the online form or paste a previously edited text. Plain text should be used. Do not use any formatting elements (bold or italics, bullets, list elements, symbols, borders, lines, etc.) The abstract system does not accept charts, tables, graphics or photos.
Before adding your abstract to the system, it is advisable to check the number of words and typing errors using a word processor. Please make sure that you do not use your name or refer to your home institution in the abstract itself, otherwise your proposal will be automatically rejected. These details should be provided in the Biography section of the submission form.

Entering the submission system

You can enter the Submission System by selecting the link below which will open a new window in your browser. In this window you should go through the following steps:

  • Complete the submission form and submit your proposal.
  • With the submission ID and your password, you can enter this system again: select “Edit a submission” or “Withdraw a submission” from the AUTHORS menu, and edit or withdraw your submission.
  • Whenever you update a submission, the system will automatically send the contact author an e-mail confirming successful update.
  • You can modify your saved abstracts at any time during the submission period.
  • During this process, you can contact the programme chairs by e-mail (eurocall2015programme@gmail.com) for assistance.
  • The results of the blind-reviewing process will be notified to submitters of proposals by 20th April 2015.

 

 


 

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