Conference

Every summer EUROCALL organises a major research conference, gathering CALL scholars from throughout Europe and from all over the world. EUROCALL2018 will be held in the University of Jyväskylä in Finland.  Click here for more information

 

EUROCALL2018 CALL FOR PAPERS

We are happy to announce the call for papers for EUROCALL 2018 open!

The 26th EUROCALL conference will be held at the University of Jyväskylä, in Finland, from 22nd -25th August 2018. See more at: www.eurocall2018.fi

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

EUROCALL conferences are hosted under the auspices of the EUROCALL : the European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning. 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.

 

Conference Theme

Future-Proof CALL: Language Learning as Exploration and Encounters 

The EuroCALL 2018 conference aims to explore the opportunities and challenges of language teaching and learning in technology-rich environments today and tomorrow. The theme of the conference "Future-proof CALL: Language Learning as Exploration and Encounters" opens up the floor for discussion ranging from theories to research topics in the field. What language teaching will look like in the future when the ever-increasing normalisation of technologies transform the ways and environments in which languages are used in fundamental ways? What are the theoretical boundaries and practical habits we should cross and break to create sustainable futures for language teaching?

We invite submissions that explore and discuss one or more of the following sub themes from the perspective of the teaching organisation, teaching staff, students, researchers, environments and contexts. All sub themes are naturally located in the domains of language use, language learning and learning technologies.

 

Environments for interaction and learning

  • Multilingual learning contexts
  • Intercultural learning
  • Social inclusion
  • Gamification and virtual reality
  • Telecollaboration and CMC
  • Autonomous and life long learning
  • Open educational resources, MOOCS, learning platforms
  • Mobile learning
  • Language learning in the wild
  • Formal and informal language learning
  • Corpora and language learning

 

Pedagogies, practices and cultures

  • Changing educational cultures and practices
  • Pedagogy and learning designs
  • Teacher education and professional development 

 

CALL for future - beyond SLA

  • Disruptive CALL
  • New research trends in CALL: methods, theories and foci
  • Ecology of language learning
  • Sustainability 

 

CALL and 21st century skills

  • Critical literacies
  • Digital literacies
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration and problem-solving 

 

Assessment for learning

  • Assessment and feedback
  • Evidencing learning
  • Learning analytics 

 

We welcome proposals from researchers and practitioners working in any areas of relevant to language teaching and learning and to the conference themes. The conference language is English and all proposals for Papers, Symposia, European Projects, Workshops and Posters must be submitted in English. Presentations including other languages alongside English are however welcome.

Authors of accepted presentations are invited 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 later.

 

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submissions: January 15th 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: March 30th 2018
  • Early-bird registration ends: May 15th 2018
  • Deadline for submissions of short papers for proceedings: 30th June 2018

 

Presentation categories

1. Individual papers

Papers should be submitted for 30-minute presentations. This timing allows for 20 minutes presenting, 5 minutes for questions, and 5 minutes for room changes.

Three types of papers may be given:

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.

Research and Development: papers focusing on the development of pedagogies, programmes and projects in technology-rich environments. The research should be original and may emphasise practice rather than research.

Reflective Practice: practice-oriented papers dealing with the integration of technologies 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 three or four papers 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 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 and Serious Gaming, iCALL, CorpusCall, Computer Mediated Communication, Less-widely Taught Languages, Mobile-Assisted Language Learning, Graduate Students, LMOOC.

 

3. Pecha Kucha Presentations (for PhD students)

A pecha kucha is a particular style of presentation which involves presenting 20 slides for 20 seconds each (6 minutes 40 seconds in total). It requires speakers to be concise, entertaining and innovative in their presentation style and allows for multiple speakers in one session. We would like to invite postgraduate students to use these sessions to present concise, informative descriptions of their work. One pecha kucha session will include 4-6 presentations. Abstracts for pecha kucha presentations should be 200 words max.

 

4. 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.

 

5. Workshops

Workshops are either 90 minutes, 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 and activities covered as well as technical requirements. Workshops will run throughout the usual conference sessions (NOT necessarily on a dedicated day as has been the case before).

 

6. 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 Researcher.

 

Format of abstracts

All presentation categories require a submission of an abstract that does not exceed 500 words (200 words for pecha kucha presentations), 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

Go to https://www.easyacademia.org/eurocall2018

Choose EUROCALL 2018 Login

Create a new account (if you do not have an account yet)
Follow the onscreen instructions
Click the activation link in your email to log in and submit your paper
 

We look forward to receiving your submission!

 

Contact information:

Any queries relating to the programme or the submission system should be sent to: eurocall2018@easyacademia.org

Questions about the conference, the venue, travel and so on should be sent to: eurocall2018@jyu.fi