Conference

Every summer EUROCALL organises a major research conference, gathering CALL scholars from throughout Europe and from all over the world. EUROCALL2017 will be held in the University of Southampton in the UK from 23rd-26th August 2017, and the Call for Papers has just been issued.

 

EUROCALL 2017

EUROCALL 2017

Eurocall2017 will be held at the University of Southampton. The Modern Languages Department at Southampton is one of the most highly regarded in the UK and has a long history of involvement with CALL and e-learning, having hosted many conferences in the area of Applied Linguistics. A PDF of the presentation that Kate Borthwick (who will be chair of the 2017 conference) gave at EUROCALL 2016 in Limassol, Cyprus is available here. Further detailed information about the conference can be found at www.eurocall2017.uk.

 

EUROCALL 2017 CALL FOR PAPERS

The 25th EUROCALL conference will be held at the University of Southampton, in the United Kingdom, from 23rd -26th August 2017.

The programme will include individual papers, symposia, workshops, presentations on EU-funded projects, and posters.

EUROCALL conferences are hosted under the auspices of the EUROCALL : the European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning. They bring together educators, researchers, PhD students, administrators, designers of software and language learning systems, policy makers and other professionals involved in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) around the globe.

 

Conference Theme

CALL in a Climate of Change: Adapting to Turbulent Global Conditions.

This theme encompasses the notion of how CALL can, and is responding to changing global circumstances which impact on education, be they in economic, political or environmental spheres. It cuts across areas including teacher training, competitive educational models, open education, models for blended learning, collaboration, creative and innovative pedagogy, student engagement, students’ needs and sustainability.

The EUROCALL 2017 conference aims to discuss and discover insights into how the theories and practices of CALL are driving, responding to and facilitating change in the world around us.

Proposals addressing the theme from both theoretical and practical perspectives in relation to the many forms and contexts of CALL are particularly welcome. Submissions may include, but are not restricted to:

  • students as producers of content and agents of change
  • student engagement and motivation
  • sustainability for teachers, online learners and online learning
  • evaluation and re-evaluation of teaching methodologies in CALL
  • the local versus the global in online learning
  • creativity in CALL pedagogy
  • developing strategies for teacher education and professional development
  • mobile learning in CALL
  • the ecology of language learning
  • learning analytics and CALL design
  • open educational resources and practice in language learning
  • applying principles from SLA in CALL
  • innovative practice in blended language learning
  • the design and practice of LMOOCs (language related massive open online courses)
  • telecollaboration and CMC
  • autonomous and life-long learning
  • computer-based languages tests
  • gamification and virtual reality

We welcome proposals from researchers and practitioners working in any areas of CALL. The conference language is English and all proposals for Papers, Symposia, European Projects, Workshops and Posters must be submitted in English.

Authors of accepted presentations are invited to submit a short paper (1,500 words) for publication in the online conference proceedings, and may also submit an extended version for peer-reviewed publication in ReCALL or the EUROCALL Review. Details will follow shortly.

 

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submissions: February 20th 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: March 31st 2017
  • Early-bird registrations end: 2nd June 2017
  • Deadline for submissions of short papers for proceedings: 30th June 2017

 

Presentation categories

1. Individual papers

Papers should be submitted for 30-minute presentations. This timing allows for 20 minutes presenting, 5 minutes for questions, and 5 minutes for room changes. 

Three types of papers may be given:

Research: papers focusing on a clearly specified research topic supported by a rationale, including a brief literature review. The thrust may be empirical or theoretical. The methodology should be clearly outlined as well as the actual or potential findings.

Research and Development: papers focusing on the development of applications and programmes integrating CALL. The research should be original and may emphasize practice rather than research. They may also be based on projects either completed or under development (European, national, local).

Reflective Practice: papers dealing with the integration of ICT in different contexts and for different purposes. The reflection could take the form of evaluation or action-research. Proposals should include elements that are of relevance beyond the context of the practice described.

 

2. Symposia

Symposia consist of three or four papers on a similar topic, proposed and organised by a chairperson, and should normally address the conference theme. Sessions last for 90 minutes, with NO changeover during the symposium. The proposal should outline the purpose of the symposium, the names and institutions of the participants, with a sentence mentioning what aspect of the main problem that each will address.

Submissions for symposia from EUROCALL SIGs are particularly welcome, with a view to promote their work to the conference delegates and encourage participation in the SIGs. Current EUROCALL SIGs are: Teacher Education, Virtual Worlds, Natural Language Processing, CorpusCall, Computer Mediated Communication, and Mobile-Assisted Language Learning.

 

3. Pecha Kucha Presentations (for PhD students)

A pecha kucha is a particular style of presentation which involves presenting 20 slides for 20 seconds each (6 minutes 40 seconds in total). It requires speakers to be concise, entertaining and innovative in their presentation style and allows for multiple speakers in one session. We would like to invite postgraduate students to use these sessions to present concise, informative descriptions of their work. One pecha kucha session will include 4-6 presentations. Abstracts for pecha kucha presentations should be 200 words max.

 

4. European Projects

This year’s conference will again offer a forum for the showcasing and dissemination of EU-funded projects. Each project will be allocated a 30 minute slot, including questions.

 

5. Workshops

Workshops are either 90 minutes, half a day or a full day in duration and typically involve a hands-on session, where participants have the opportunity to become familiar with the latest developments in relevant topic areas in language teaching and learning and tools associated with these. We particularly welcome workshop proposals addressing the conference theme from theoretical and/or practical perspectives.  The proposal should include the intended duration of the workshop, its main purpose, and a brief outline of topics and activities covered  as well as technical requirements. Workshops will run throughout the usual conference sessions (NOT necessarily on a dedicated day as has been the case before).

 

6. Posters

Since posters aim to attract attention to a particular project or research domain, they should mainly focus on work in progress. They may, however, report previous or preliminary findings. Posters should be clear, easy to read and attractively laid out. Submissions from advanced students are especially welcome in this category. A prize will be awarded for the best poster in two categories: PhD/Graduate student and Researcher.

 

Format of abstracts

All presentation categories require a submission of an abstract that does not exceed 500 words (200 words for pecha kucha presentations), excluding the title, names and affiliations. You will have to select from a list of conference subthemes (topics), which will allow us to place your paper in the appropriate strand. You should provide 3 or 4 keywords too that will also help us place your abstract into the appropriate category. You can type your abstract directly onto the online form or paste a previously edited text. Plain text should be used. Do not use any formatting elements (bold or italics, bullets, list elements, symbols, borders, lines, etc.) The abstract system does not accept charts, tables, graphics or photos.

 

Membership and Conference Registration

All those attending the annual EUROCALL conference must be members of EUROCALL. If you would like to join the Association, please go to the members area. When registering for EUROCALL2017, you need to have an up-to-date membership number. Those registering for EUROCALL2017 (early bird registration ends on 2nd June) should preferably  first join EUROCALL on this site and then follow the link to the Southampton EUROCALL2017 site to complete their registration for the conference.

 

Organising a Conference

Conferences are led by members of EUROCALL and based at their home University. These conferences are renowned for their academic breadth, for the quality of their papers, their friendliness and for the creativity of  their social programmes. Members can bid for the opportunity to host the annual conference. Advice on how to prepare a bid, and a helpful template on how to organise a conference can be found in the Members’ area. LINK Needless to say, EUROCALL organisers are given extensive assistance and direction by the Executive Committee throughout the process, including help provided during the conference itself.

 

Past Conferences

Conferences have been hosted by members in many different European countries since the inauguration of EUROCALL in 1993. EUROCALL held its first formal conference at the University of Hull in 1993. In the last five years we have visited the University of Nottingham (UK 2011), the University of Gothenburg and the Chalmers Institute (Sweden, 2012), the University of Evora (Portugal, 2013), the University of Groningen (Netherlands, 2014), the University of Padua (Italy, 2015) and this year, 2016, the Technical University of Cyprus, in Limassol. Clicking on this link will provide you with some information, not all complete, on the back story of our conferences.