Call for Chapters: English as a Foreign Language in a New-Found Post-Pandemic World

Editors

Maria del Mar Suárez, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Walaa El-Henawy, Port Said University, Egypt

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: October 31, 2021
Full Chapters Due: February 28, 2022
Submission Date: February 28, 2022

Introduction

The COVID-19 pandemic has catalyzed a new era in EFL learning and teaching by shifting EFL education mode from the face-to-face learning paradigm to the online and distance learning paradigm. Teachers and students have been facing several challenges concerning choosing appropriate web tools for presenting the content either synchronously or asynchronously, motivating students to participate, and assessing students’ learning. Besides, this shift to emergency remote online learning represents a challenge for students, particularly with managing their own learning. Also, taking into account that many ELLs attend low-income schools with limited resources that lack reliable access to the internet and computers, this shift resulted in growing equity gaps. Likewise, transitioning to emergency remote teaching revealed a lack of digital competency and readiness amongst teachers.

The post-pandemic move to digital transformation has hastened technology integration in English language instruction which entails recasting existing beliefs and practices about students, curricula goals, and pedagogical approaches in digital learning environments. This pedagogical reformation requires EFL teachers to design and use alternative modes of teaching and assessment that develop learner autonomy, promote learners' participation and interaction in collaborative learning situations, and engage learners with formative and performance-based assessment tasks. In the post-pandemic situation, the educators, teachers, students, and all the curricula developers need to focus on need- based language and technology-guided teaching and learning process.

Focusing on English as a Foreign Language (EFL), this book sets out to offer an overview of chapters that offer wise advice coming from real practice or grounded theory on how to approach EFL teaching in this ‘new normal’ situation, maximizing e-learning environments. This book will present practices, challenges, and perspectives of post-pandemic EFL education that serve as a compendium of theory- and concept-based practice chapters addressing practical strategies, techniques, approaches, and methods from a theoretical or conceptual perspective. Besides, it includes research-based chapters with strong pedagogical implications on digital English language learning and teaching in the post-pandemic.



Objective

The major objectives of this book are:
  • to present an overview of tools, designs, and strategies utilized in providing digital teaching and assessment of English language;
  • to share findings of research on using digital technologies for supporting English language learning;
  • to provide educators with evidence-based online practices for digital English language learning and teaching;
  • to identify promising areas and directions for future innovations, applications, and research in digital English language learning and teaching.


Target Audience

The target audience of this book includes:
  • EFL language teachers, special educators, and educational technologists;
  • Administrators, policymakers, and teacher educators;
  • Designers and developers of materials, tools, hardware, and software for learning and teaching the English language;
  • Teacher educators, researchers, and graduate students interested in educational technology and online instruction.


Recommended Topics

We are seeking chapter proposals for theoretical, conceptual, or quasi-experimental research studies on the following, or related, topics:
  • Digital English Language Learning and Teaching of specific English language skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing, and interaction) and elements including vocabulary, grammar, and sounds, along with digital literacy and multimodality.
  • Digital English Language Learning Environments and various online instructional designs, tools, models, and practices such as blended learning and flipped learning, project-based learning, design thinking, problem-based learning, personalized learning, and gamification using online devices and platforms such as WhatsApp, iRead, Moodle, Kahoot, AI…
  • Perceptions of Digital English Language Learning investigating aspects related to the learner and online learning such as students’ engagement, autonomy, self-regulation, attitudes toward online learning.
  • Perceptions of Digital English Language Teaching investigating aspects related to online teaching and the teacher’s role in a blended learning or fully online environment.
  • Digital Teacher Education and Professional Development investigating teacher's preparation and training in the new digital era on utilizing online tools for teaching the English language and investigating aspects related to teachers’ knowledge, skills, and beliefs of online teaching.
  • Social Impact of Digital English Language Learning Environments investigating social and academic challenges and opportunities of going fully online and online teaching in developing nations or with no easy or full access to the Internet.


Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before October 31, 2021, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by November 14, 2021 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.Full chapters are expected to be submitted by February 28, 2022, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at https://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, English as a Foreign Language in a New-Found Post-Pandemic World. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.



Publisher

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit https://www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2023.



Important Dates

October 31, 2021: Proposal Submission Deadline
November 14, 2021: Notification of Acceptance
February 28, 2022: Full Chapter Submission
April 28, 2022: Review Results Returned
June 9, 2022: Final Acceptance Notification
June 23, 2022: Final Chapter Submission



Inquiries

Maria del Mar Suárez
(Universitat de Barcelona)
mmsuarez@ub.edu

Walaa El-Henawy
(Port Said University)
walaa.elhenawy@edu.psu.edu.eg



Classifications


Social Sciences and Humanities; Computer Science and Information Technology; Education
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