Monthly Archives: April 2014

Journal seeking submissions: Language Issues

I met Naeema at the English Scholars Beyond Borders 2014 Conference in Izmir, Turkey. The journal she describes below looks like it could be of interest to a number of teachers and researchers in TEFL/TESL.

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing with information about a journal aimed at ESOL, ESL, EAL and Community Language practitioners and researchers. Language Issues is NATECLA’s part peer reviewed journal for language teaching professionals. It explores the area between academic research and classroom practice, discussing teaching, training, management and research into ESOL and community languages.  Language Issues looks at broad issues and big ideas as well as particular learning and teaching contexts and is an invaluable resource for teachers, students, researchers and policy makers. NATECLA is the National Association of Teachers of English and Community Languages. For more information please see

With best wishes,


Symposium on Second Language Writing, November 13-15, 2014 USA, deadline June 1 2014

I’ve been to the Symposium on Second Language Writing twice, and am considering going again this year. Their call for presentation proposals is below.

Call for Proposals

The 13th Symposium on Second Language Writing
“Professionalizing Second Language Writing”
November 13-15, 2014
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

The 2013 Symposium Organizing Committee seeks proposals for 20-minute presentations that address various topics within the field of L2 writing—broadly defined.

Any topic related to second language writing theory, research, or teaching is welcome; we especially encourage proposals that seek to challenge the status quo in the field by introducing new topics as well as new theoretical and methodological approaches.

As with all previous Symposium iterations, we are interested in L2 writing issues in any second or foreign language for any age groups in personal, academic, professional and civic contexts. Given the theme of the Symposium, we particularly encourage proposals that address issues of second language writing as a profession.

Proposals must include both a 50-word summary and a 500-word abstract (including references). To submit your proposal, please use the online proposal submission form available at:

Proposals must be received by 23:59:59 on June 1, 2014 (Arizona Time; Mountain Standard Time; UTC-0700). Proposals will be peer reviewed by a panel of experts. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by July 30, 2014.

Multiple submissions are allowed, but the same person cannot be listed as the first author for more than one proposal. Once the proposal has been accepted, no additional presenters can be added.

For more information about SSLW 2014, please visit our website at:

We look forward to receiving your proposal!

Job Opportunity: English; Applied Linguistics; ESL: Fellow, US Department of State English Language Fellow Program, Worldwide

This looks like a really interesting opportunity to work abroad if you’re a US citizen and have some experience of teaching in the US. I just may apply myself someday:

Subject: English; Applied Linguistics; ESL: Fellow, US Department of State English Language Fellow Program, Worldwide
University or Organization: US Department of State English Language Fellow Program 
Job Location: Worldwide
Web Address:
Job Rank: Fellow

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; ESL

Required Language(s): English (eng)


Interested in improving your skill set, developing professionally, and promoting mutual understanding all while teaching abroad for 10 months? 

The English Language (EL) Fellow Program promotes English language learning around the world and fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries. The Program places highly qualified teachers in paid professional positions at projects initiated by U.S. embassies in all regions of the world. It is an opportunity for ESL teachers to enhance their professional career as they contribute to cross-cultural awareness throughout the world. Assignments are for a 10-month period typically beginning in September 2014. 

The EL Fellow Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. As a program administrator, Georgetown University's Center for International Education and Development is recruiting applicants for approximately 100 positions for the 2014-2015 academic year. 

Please review the eligibility requirements before applying. More detailed information regarding eligibility is available at the application URL below. 

- U.S. Citizenship 
- Master’s in TESOL OR in a field related to English language teaching 
- Classroom ESL/EFL teaching experience 
- Personal qualities of patience, determination, flexibility, teamwork initiative and a love of adventure 

- Two years’ experience teaching ESL/EFL 
- One year experience training English language teachers and/or teacher trainers 
- A minimum of one year teaching in the U.S. education system (K-16 or adult education) 
- Demonstrated commitment to the field of English language teaching (e.g., membership in a TEFL/TESL professional organization; presentations at an EFL/ESL conference) 

Program benefits: 
- Stipend: $30,000 
- Living allowance (rent, utilities, local transportation) 
- Textbook and pre-departure allowances 
- Supplementary health benefit plan 
- Round trip airfare from the United States to the host country 

Complete on-line application dossier must contain the following: 
- Application 
- Résumé 
- Two 1-page lesson plans/teacher training modules 
- Statement of purpose (not to exceed 500 words) 
- Statement of personal qualities you will bring to the EL Fellow Program (250 words) 
- Two current reference letters 
- Graduate transcript

Application Deadline:  (Open until filled)
Web Address for Applications: 
Contact Information:
	Benjamin Perdue 

Courtesy of The Linguist List

Potential publication: Taiwan Journal of TESOL

The Taiwan Journal of TESOL looks like an interesting place to potentially submit work for publication. Details of a call for papers from them follows.

Taiwan Journal of TESOL 

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics 

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Taiwan Journal of TESOL is an international journal dedicated to the publication of research papers on TESOL and welcomes contributions in all areas of the study of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Review articles of books on TESOL and informal book announcements are also welcome. Taiwan Journal of TESOL publishes one volume per year, with a Spring issue and a Fall issue. Contributions may be submitted from all countries and are accepted all year round. The language of publication is English. Manuscripts simultaneously submitted to other publications cannot be accepted. All contributors must sign Taiwan Journal of TESOL Contributor's Declaration. Once the manuscript is accepted for publication, contributors must sign Copyright License Agreement for NCCU Scholarly Journals Online in order for the manuscript to be included in databases designated by Taiwan Journal of TESOL.

Notes for contributors

E-mail submissions are accepted at and hardcopy submissions should be sent, in triplicate with a soft copy on disk, to:

Editors, Taiwan Journal of TESOL 
The Department of English 
National Chengchi University 
Wenshan, Taipei City 11605
Taiwan (R.O.C)

All submissions must be double-spaced and on standard-size paper. All figures are to be camera ready (i.e., laser-printed or professionally drawn). Tables and figures adapted or reprinted from other sources require permission from the publisher of the original source. The target length for submissions is 50 pages all inclusive, preferably limited to 8,500 words.

Questionable publication solicitation: Science Publishing Group

Here’s another questionable publication solicitation:

Dear Professor,Science Publishing Group is an independent international publisher of 100+ open access, online, peer-reviewed journals which have almost 10 proposed special issues and 10 going-to-be-published books, covering a wide range of academic disciplines.Nowadays, we are actively providing a fast publication:
1. Authors can get the review result that whether the paper can be published or not within 15 days;
2. Accepted papers can be published within 25 days.SciencePG publish papers in a wide range of categories, such as: Biology and Life Sciences, Physics; Chemistry & Materials; Computer Science & Communications; Mathematics & Statistics; Medicine, Health & Food Science; Energy & Environmental Science and all other categories. You can pay visit to our website to have a look:

If you are interested in publishing your papers within a short time, we sincerely invite you to submit your papers through our system:

Any questions, please feel free to contact us by:

Questionable publisher: Open Science Online

Open Science Online, listed as a questionable publisher on Beall’s List, sent me the following solicitation message. I would recommend extreme caution when dealing with this publisher.

Open Science Online
Open Science is an independent, open access publisher, promoting widespread awareness and boundary-breaking ideas. Through its well-crafted books, journals, and innovative outreach programs, Open Science is building a vibrant community of readers, writers, and thinkers.
Computer Social Sciences History / Archaeology
Medicine and Health Food/Nutrition Electrical / Electronic
Earth / Environment
Energy / Power
Open Book Publishing Open Journal Publishing
Open Science is keen to make itself as a scientific center to host a number of world-class books. Its core idea is to create an open world for books. All the books published with Open Science can be read, downloaded and shared on its site free of charge. Open Science is committed to enhancing access to academic content in a sustainable way and support the gradual conversion to the Open Access model and seek to ensure that scholarly publishing activities operate in a long term sustainable way.
Open Science can help you publish Authored book, Edited book, Case book, Handbook of research. By publishing with Open Science, you’ll benefit

  • Increased online visibility and free accessibility
  • Rigorous peer review and editorial support
  • High-quality publication standards
  • Compliance with Open Access requirements
  • Authors retain copyright

The most fascinating point is that all incomes, except production cost and freight, come from the book selling will be given to the authors.

One of the objectives of Open Science is to provide a forum for the publication of articles covering a wide range of academic disciplines. In pursuit of this objective the journals not only publish high quality research papers but also ensure that the published papers achieve broad international credibility.

Open Science’s aim is to offer services which embody these values
Quality — All of Open Science’s articles are peer reviewed. This ensures a recognized quality of publication, with greater acceptance and readership by the academic community.
Efficiency — A single point of contact across all of Open Science’s services for each journal means that you get a fast and well organized response.
Flexibility — Open Science has the versatility, time, and resources to help you with your special publishing requests.
Expertise — Open Science’s team is dedicated to corporate clients and understands the specific needs of your company, industry, or agency.

Call for Books/ Book Chapters
Open Science invites the submission of book proposals and manuscripts. All people are welcomed to submit a proposal or manuscript. Open Science hopes to receive a book or a chapter proposal from you in the following topics.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to the following
Medicine and Health
Electrical / Electronic
History / Archaeology

If you would like to submit a proposal, please download a template proposal form from our website below and send it to Open Science at

Submit a Manuscript to Open Science
Open Science invites all kinds of articles including the Standard Papers, Short Reports, Part or Whole Special Issues, Letters, Review and other research papers.

Below listing several academic journals of Open Science
American Journal of Biology and Life Sciences
American Journal of Business, Economics and Management

American Journal of Chemistry and Applications
Open Science Journal of Clinical Medicine
American Journal of Materials Science and Application
Open Science Journal of Education
Open Science Journal of Psychology
Open Science will use a friendly online journal system to timely publish your academic work. Accepted papers are immediately published online! Open Science objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscripts within a month of submission.

Submit your manuscript online at

Pretty Competitive Price
Open Science is committed to the widest possible global participation in open access publishing. To determine the appropriate fee, it uses a country-based pricing model, which is based on the GNI per capita of the country.

Authors from different countries will be charged differently and reasonably. For more details, please visit the following website

Your Work, Your Copyright
All our titles are published with an ISBN and using Creative Commons licences. These licences mean that you are in full control of your own copyright, and can choose how your work is used by other people. We suggest that our authors opt for a Creative Commons Attribution licence CC BY which allows others to copy, distribute, display and perform your copyrighted work, but ensures that they must give you full credit. All the same rules of plagiarism and citation apply to works under this licence. Details of the alternative Creative Commons licences available can be found here.

Apply to Be a Reviewer, An Editorial Board Member or a Chief Editor
To ensure the quality of its publications, Open Science welcomes you to join it as reviewers and editorial board members. If you are interested in cooperating with Open Science journals, please pay a visit to the following link, download the reviewer application form and then send it to
Open Science is also seeking scholars interested in serving on its volunteer Editorial Board as chief editors of Open Science journals. If you are interested in this program, please send your CV/resume to and tell Open Science which journal you would like to join in. Applicants of chief editors must have a doctorate (or an equivalent degree), and significant publishing and reviewing experience.

You’ll Benefit

  • Concessions in Manuscript Registration
  • Collaborating with an international editorial team
  • Mentoring authors working in an international expertise environment
  • Participating in processes to improve editorial work
Open Science Website:

New Association: The Learner Corpus Association (LCA)

There’s a new association for learner corpus research that may be of interest. Details follow.

The Learner Corpus Association (LCA) aims to provide a forum for exchanging ideas on learner corpus research from an interdisciplinary perspective: 
- Second language acquisition
- Foreign language teaching (including CALL)
- Language testing
- NLP applications (automated scoring, L1 identification, error detection and correction, etc.)
- Other language-related fields

The association was officially launched at the second Learner Corpus Research conference which took place in Bergen (Norway) on 27-29 September, 2013. 
The LCA maintains a dedicated website and initiates a bi-yearly conference. You can access the LCA website at the following URL:

Registered members will have access to the members-only sections of the website which will contain a range of resources, including shared corpora, publications and corpus tools and a regularly updated searchable learner corpus bibliography. They will also be able to take part in forums focused on a range of topics (learner corpus design, annotation, methodology, applications, etc.) and benefit from discounts, notably from publishers, negotiated by the LCA. 

Registration is now open at Registered members will be able to take part in the election of the Executive Board due to take place in early December. 
If you want to help us shape the association and contribute to its success, don't hesitate to join us! 

Gaëtanelle Gilquin, Sylviane Granger, Fanny Meunier & Magali Paquot 
Founding Members of the Association

New Academic Writing App

Some of my students have expressed interest in improving their academic writing skills. This new app from the University College London looks like an interesting way to practice your academic English. If you give it a try, let me know what you think.

Academic Writing in English (AWE)

Now available: a brand new app for smartphones and tablets: Academic Writing in English (AWE), available for free from the Apple App Store and from Google Play.

AWE is a complete course designed to help you improve your academic writing assignments, such as:
– class essays;
– exam essays;
– experimental reports;
– scientific essays;
– dissertations;
– academic articles.

AWE includes:
– an in-depth self-learning course covering the entire creative process of academic writing;
– interactive exercises that help you learn;
– checklists for reviewing your critical thinking, your arguments and your essay as a whole;
– an extensive glossary of important terms.

AWE also provides easy tips for avoiding plagiarism, conducting research, thinking critically, making strong arguments and presenting your work well.

Coming soon (also free): English Spelling and Punctuation (ESP).

Already available (in a free and paid version): the interactive Grammar of English (iGE).

For more information, see: