Call for Chapters: Assessing the Effectiveness of Virtual Technologies in Foreign and Second Language Instruction

Editors

Mariusz Kruk (University of Zielona Góra, Poland)

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: February 28, 2018
Full Chapters Due: April 30, 2018
Submission Date: August 30, 2018

Introduction

Over the last few years there has been a quite specific interest in using virtual technologies in education, including foreign/second language education. This is because virtual technologies, such as virtual worlds, are particularly relevant to language teaching/learning in view of the fact that, among other things, they present language learners with situations similar to these found in the real world; they can lower the affective filter by engaging students in situations where their fears are bypassed; they offer opportunities to communicate in a target language by means of text/voice about their features, problem solving, language, etc. Thus, language learners can develop metacognitive and metalinguistic skills and they can practice the language by interacting with virtual users or objects, a very important issue for language learners who have no or little contact with native or target language speakers. It should be noted, however, that numerous published research projects mostly focused on opinions on the pros and cons of virtual technologies (e.g. virtual worlds) or their affordances for teaching and learning foreign/second languages. Therefore, there is a great need for solid empirical research in this area – a fact that lends a certain air of adventure to this undertaking.

Objective

This book will explore how virtual technologies have the potential to engage language learners both within and outside the classroom (or a combination of the two) and to encourage language learning and teaching in the target language there and/or by means of them. This book will be written for professionals who want to improve their understanding of virtual technologies in foreign/second language teaching and learning.

Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals, researchers and practitioners interested in the field of virtual technologies and their applications to foreign/second language teaching and learning.

Recommended Topics

• teaching/learning language skills (reading, listening, speaking and writing) • teaching/learning language subsystems (e.g. vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation) • communication / interaction in the target language • individual differences • affective variables • testing / evaluation • autonomy / language learning strategies / reflection • courseware design development

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 30, 2018, a chapter proposal of 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by February 15, 2018 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by April 30, 2018, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Assessing the Effectiveness of Virtual Technologies in Foreign and Second Language Instruction. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process. All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.

Publisher

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2018.

Important Dates

February 28, 2018: Proposal Submission Deadline February 15, 2018: Notification of Acceptance April 30, 2018: Full Chapter Submission June 30, 2018: Review Results Returned August 15, 2018: Final Acceptance Notification August 30, 2018: Final Chapter Submission

Inquiries

mkruk@uz.zgora.pl

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