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Thursday, 6 September 2007

ReCALL Special Issue - a reminder

Don't forget about the ReCALL Special Issue on Mobile Assisted Language Learning. Here's the call for papers again:

Journal of the European Association
for Computer Assisted Language Learning
Call for articles for a special issue on
Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL)
edited by Lesley Shield, Agnes Kukulska-Hulme and June Thompson
Submission deadline: 31 January 2008

Mobile phones, handheld computers and personal audio and video players are understood to have great potential in supporting new ways of teaching and learning. As ownership of these mobile devices increases and access to wireless networks develops, the use of such devices to support language learning becomes ever more feasible.

Until relatively recently, MALL activities very much mirrored early CALL activities. Electronic quizzes, grammar drills and vocabulary lists dominated. In the space of two or three years, however, MALL has become more disparate, expanding from a purely teacher-learner, text-based model to one that supports multimedia, collaborative listening and speaking activities and allows learners to co-construct knowledge to solve problems and fill information gaps.

In such a rapidly evolving environment, there is a need for research, both theoretical and applied, on how this new resource can be integrated into the language-learning environment.
This issue of ReCALL will include articles (between 5,000-7,000 words) which address aspects of the integration of MALL activities into language learning and teaching. Topics may include those listed below, but articles on other aspects of MALL and language learning, teaching and teacher education are also welcome.
  • Theoretical issues relating to the role of MALL in language learning
  • Empirical studies of the effectiveness of using MALL in language learning
  • Methodological issues in MALL and language learning
  • The role of mobile devices in supporting independent language learning
  • MALL in language teacher education

Articles should be submitted electronically to June Thompson, d.j.thompson@hull.ac.uk, by 31st January 2008, in accordance with the documentation at http://www.eurocall-languages.org/recall/contribnotes.html.

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