EUROCALL2015 – first call for papers

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

EUROCALL 2015

Padova, Italy, 26-29 August, 2015

www.eurocall2015.it

 The 22nd EUROCALL conference will be held at the University of Padova in Italy from 26th to 29th August 2015.

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

EUROCALL conferences are hosted under the auspices of the EUROCALL Association. 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

The theme of this year’s conference is Critical CALL, fostering the notion that we now want to step back and critically appraise the field of CALL, to unpack and examine some of the assumptions that may have become ingrained in our practice, and also to reflect on the state of CALL and language pedagogy. There is also a need to take a critical stance and question what it is we are doing and whose interests we might be serving, since technology is not neutral, and nor is education. Inspired by those who advocate critical approaches to second language teaching, learning and assessment, especially when mediated by technology, we are particularly interested in contributions that look at the interdependence between language learning, power relationships and social change.

Papers on the following themes would be particularly welcome:

  • ·         Lessons learnt in CALL
  • ·         The constraints of CALL (institutional, financial, technological, social)
  • ·         Hegemonies in CALL
  • ·         Corpora and foreign language teaching and course design
  • ·         Learner corpora
  • ·         CALL for CLIL and Language Medium Instruction
  • ·         Interdisciplinarity and Internationalization through CALL
  • ·         Telecollaboration and CMC
  • ·         CALL and less commonly taught languages
  • ·         CALL, inclusion and social justice
  • ·         Digital and critical literacies
  • ·         Open educational resources
  • ·         MOOCs for language learning
  • ·         Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL)
  • ·         Gaming and virtual worlds
  • ·         Learning analytics and CALL design
  • ·         Online testing and assessment
  • ·         Teacher education and professional development
  • ·         Evaluating CALL research

Proposals for Papers, Symposia, European Projects, Workshops and Posters must be submitted online via the EUROCALL submission system which will open on 15th December.  The submission system will close on 31st January 2015.

Authors of accepted presentations are requested 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 of proposals: 31st January 2015

Notification of acceptance: 31st March 2015

Early-bird Registration ends: 31st May 2015

Deadline for submissions of short papers for proceedings: 30th June 2015

Further details about presentation formats and the submission process can be found on the conference website

The local organizing committee

Full time Academic position at UCL (German language and didactics)

The Université catholique de Louvain invites applications for a tenure track or tenured full time position in German language and didactics

The successful candidate will carry out research in the field of
- Teaching of German as a foreign language
- Foreign language acquisition and learning
- Didactics of German as a foreign language.

The successful candidate will have teaching assignments in German language and in didactics of German as a foreign language.

Special qualifications, skills or experience:
The candidate has full command of oral and written German and should be able to teach in German.

Professur für deutsche Sprache und Sprachdidaktik : http://www.uclouvain.be/480151

Starting date : 1st September, 2015

Further information :
Professor Philippe Hiligsmann, dean FIAL – doyen-fial@uclouvain.be
Professor Elisabeth Degand, research director ILC – president-ilc@uclouvain.be

Localization : Humanities Sector
Faculté de philosophie, arts et lettres
(http://www.uclouvain.be/en-fial.html)
Institut Langage et Communication (http://www.uclouvain.be/en-ilc.html)

General conditions
Tasks : the applicant will:
- be responsible for teaching courses at all study levels (i.e. undergraduate and postgraduate), as well as in programmes of continuing education;
- supervise the final diploma research (i.e. theses) of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as PhD theses;
- be involved in (and/or supervise, promote) research programmes;
- contribute to the international visibility of the University through teaching and research excellence;
- contribute to activities of the University with a societal impact in the fields of the economy, socio-cultural changes or cooperation with developing countries.

Qualifications : the applicant must have
- a PhD degree in German language and linguistics or didactics;
- a significant scientific record with international publications;
- either studied abroad for an extensive period or have had substantial experience outside the UCL;
- experience in and the aptitude for teaching at university level;
- the capacity to work within a team of teachers and to integrate research findings into teaching;
- creativity and must be open to teaching innovation and interdisciplinarity;
- the capacities required to undertake academic research at a high level and to advise, or lead, a research team;
- good knowledge of both spoken and written French and English. If this is not the case, the applicant accept to learn French and/or English in order to be able to teach in French and English within 2 years. Fluency in other languages is an additional advantage.

French version

German version