Why Teachers and Language Learners Need to Stay Updated on New Technologies: Hear From Expert Dr. Bin Zou

By Iris Zhi on Dec 11, 2019
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Due to the fast pace of technological changes, innovative teaching approaches and strategies should be developed to successfully integrate new technologies into language teaching. The world’s increasing globalization makes developing new technologies and techniques to bridge communication divides an essential component of modern education. In an effort to continuously provide the latest research in this dynamic field, Dr. Bin Zou, Editor-in-Chief of IGI Global’s International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT), from the Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China, shares how his journal contributes to the field in this IGI Global interview.

What motivates you to conduct research activities in your field of expertise?

When I was a Ph.D. student at the University of Bristol, I showed a special interest in the application of educational technology to foreign language teaching. When I graduated with my Ph.D. in 2008, I realized that there were not many academic journals in the field of technologies in foreign language teaching. With the rapid growth of modern education technology, there were research reports and articles that needed to be published. However, with limited journals at that time, the needs of teachers and researchers from all over the world could not be met. Therefore, I established the IJCALLT with the help of IGI Global. At the same time, I can always be at the forefront of modern technology to promote foreign language teaching research by constantly reading the articles submitted to IJCALLT.

What do you think is the most surprising discovery when conducting research?

Due to the rapid development of modern technology, many of the latest technologies are applied to foreign language teaching in various fields, which greatly widen my horizons, and I hope to apply some of these new technologies to my research and teaching.

As an expert in your field of study, what do you think you have learned so far?

I am constantly updating my research and practices based on the development of modern technology to keep pace with the times.

What are your main expectations for the outcomes of the publication? How are they implemented?

The publication provides opportunities for teachers and researchers, who are devoted to the application of modern technology to foreign language teaching, to publish research and practice. By expanding the influence of IJCALLT, such as publishing special issues at some internationally important conferences, it has been indexed by more authorities, such as Web of Science™ Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) and Scopus®.

What are the main challenges of conducting research?

The main challenge is keeping up with the development of new technologies. The challenge of self-learning is very huge. If I become lazy, I will lag behind the development of new technologies.

What are the benefits of your research for the community?

This research lets more teachers and researchers understand the development of new technologies and hands-on research experiences, so that it can benefit more foreign language teachers and foreign language learners.

Why are your respective areas of research important to the field at large?

The application of modern technology to foreign language teaching has become an important branch of linguistics and educational research and has contributed positively to a wide range of research on linguistics and education.

How do you feel your publication sets the pace for these technology innovations?

My main research area is on how to apply new technology to foreign language teaching. I am devoted to establishing a bridge between technical staff and foreign language teachers to make new technologies more integrated with foreign language teaching and make it easier for foreign language teachers to use modern technology to promote teaching. Especially in the past two years, I have had a strong interest in the application of artificial intelligence technology to foreign language teaching. I hope to use artificial intelligence technology to promote foreign language teaching in the future.

What has your experience been like publishing with IGI Global?

IGI Global has supported me a lot. They insisted I create IJCALLT and promoted the continuous growth of the journal. At the same time, the journal's impact was getting bigger and bigger, and it has been indexed by Scopus, ESCI, and others. I hope that it will be indexed by SSCI in the near future and becomes one of the most important academic journals for applying modern technology to foreign language teaching.
IGI Global would like to thank Dr. Zou for sharing his insight on his journal and into new technological advancements in language learning and teaching. Additionally, Dr. Zou’s journal, IJCALLT, is continuously seeking new, innovative content for publication. For individuals interested in submitting a paper to IJCALLT, you can submit your article here.
The International Journal of Computer-Assisted Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT), is available in print and electronic format through IGI Global’s Online Bookstore, as well as featured in IGI Global’s InfoSci®-Journals, a database of 25,000+ peer-reviewed articles with 1,000,000+ citations source from 185+ scholarly journals.

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由于技术变革的步伐加快,需要发展创新的教学方法和策略,以成功地将新技术融入到语言教学中。随着世界的日益全球化,开发新的技术和方法来沟通交流成为现代教育的一个重要组成部分。为了不断地提供这一动态领域的最新研究进展,IGI Global的International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching主编、来自西交利物浦大学的邹斌博士,在本次访谈中分享了他的研究见解和他的期刊对该领域的贡献。


我在英国布里斯托大学读博期间,就对教育技术应用于外语教学情有独钟。在2008年博士毕业时发现,现有的教育技术辅助外语教学的学术期刊不多,而现代教育技术发展迅猛,必定会有大量的研究报告和文章需要发表,以当时有限的期刊肯定满足不了全球各地教师和研究者发表文章的需求,因此,我在IGI Global出版社的大力协助下创办了IJCALLT期刊。同时通过不断阅读IJCALLT的投稿文章,也使自己能够始终位于现代技术促进外语教学研究的一线。















您在IGI Global的出版经历如何?

IGI Global出版设给了我很大的支持,协助我创建了IJCALLT,并使IJCALLT不断成长,影响力也越来越大,不仅是被Scopus和ESCI等多家权威机构检索,期盼不久的将来被SSCI检索,成为国际上现代技术应用于外语教学最为重要的学术期刊之一。
IGI Global感谢邹博士分享了他对其主编期刊以及在语言学习和教学方面新技术进步的见解。此外,邹博士的杂志《IJCALLT》也在不断地寻找新的、创新的出版内容。对于有兴趣向IJCALLT提交论文的作者,您可以点击此处提交您的文章。
International Journal of Computer-Assisted Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT)提供纸本及电子期刊两种模式,可通过IGI Global在线书店获取,或通过InfoSci®-期刊数据库访问,该数据库由来自185+种学术期刊的25,000篇文章组成,含超过1,000,000条引用。


此外,如果图书馆购买IGI GlobalInfoSci-期刊数据库,即可受益于IGI Global的开放获取费用豁免(抵消模式)政策,为其机构提供额外的OA文章处理费(APC)基金。通过这一革新性举措,IGI Global将以同等价值的基金匹配图书馆的投资,用于补贴OA文章处理费(APC),为该机构的学生、教员和工作人员投稿至任何IGI Global期刊时,对OA文章处理费(APCs)进行补贴。*

您可浏览以下IGI Global的InfoSci-期刊数据库中与教育学相关的期刊,并向您的机构图书馆员推荐如下期刊或订阅这些资源以访问该领域的最新研究。

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