26.1855, Calls: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition/ CALICO (Jrnl)

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Date: Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:49:48
From: Janet Joyce [jjoyce at equinoxpub.com]
Subject: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition/ CALICO (Jrnl)

Full Title: CALICO 

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition 

Special Issue of the CALICO Journal (34.1)
Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in Extracurricular/Extramural
Special issue editors: Liss Kerstin Sylvén and Pia Sundqvist

This special issue of the CALICO Journal will focus on CALL in
extracurricular, or extramural, contexts. The terms extracurricular and
extramural are used interchangeably and refer to any type of contact that
learners have with a target language outside educational settings
(universities, evening classes et cetera). Sometimes, the term naturalistic
CALL is used for the same phenomenon. Recent research in the field of
extramural learning of second/foreign (L2) languages indicates that this is an
important new arena for L2 acquisition. The aim of this special issue is,
therefore, to highlight that L2 learning is not restricted to the classroom;
today L2 learning may very well take place also outside of institutional

Many studies in the field of CALL and language learning are conducted (a) at
tertiary level and (b) in educational settings. As is well-known, L2 learning
often starts much earlier, when learners are children or in their teens. What
is less known is that learners may acquire language skills also outside of
school, for instance, through the use of digital media. To date, there are
some empirical studies that have investigated relations between engagement in
different extramural English digital activities and L2 English proficiency
among young learners, that is, learners in primary or secondary school, for
example in Belgium (Kuppens, 2010), Finland (Piirainen-Marsh & Tainio, 2009),
and Sweden (Olin-Scheller & Wikström, 2010; Sylvén & Sundqvist, 2012;
Sundqvist & Sylvén, 2014). All of these studies indeed highlight the potential
of extramural L2 learning.

For this special issue we seek proposals that target the relation between
extramural activities, exposure, and L2 learning from different national
settings and perspectives. Topics could cover, but are not limited to: 

- Chats
- Digital games 
- Fan fiction
- Film
- Lyrics
- Manga/anime 
- TV

and their relation to the learning of an L2, as measured either in formal
educational settings or by other means of evaluation. Although we are
particularly interested in papers presenting in-depth empirical data, papers
targeting theoretical perspectives or methodological issues that illuminate
the possible relation between extramural target language exposure/engagement
and language learning outside of institutional settings are also welcome.
Furthermore, as there are so few studies carried out among young learners, we
especially welcome studies from primary, secondary, and upper secondary
levels. Any target language is of relevance for this special issue.

Please send a Word document with your title and 250-word abstract by 1
September to lisskerstin.sylven at ped.gu.se and pia.sundqvist at kau.se. Full
papers are to be submitted through the OJS of the CALICO Journal by 31
December 2015; please consult the author guidelines (For Authors;
http://www.equinoxpub.com/CALICO) and from there access the online submission.

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