The 23rd EUROCALL Conference will be held at the Cyprus University of Cyprus in Lemesos (Limassol) Cyprus from 24th to 27th August 2016.
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 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.
CALL Communities and Culture
The theme of EuroCALL 2016 is CALL Communities and Culture. It offers a unique opportunity to hear from real-world CALL practitioners how they practice CALL in their communities, and how the CALL culture developed in local and global contexts. CALL has moved from traditional drill-and-practice programmes in the 1960s and 1970s to more recent manifestations of CALL, such as the use of interactive whiteboards, corpora and concordances, Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC), to the applications used in virtual learning environments and e-learning, virtual worlds, gaming and Mobile-Assisted Language Learning (MALL). Keeping an eye on the latest changes and on the future, and being well informed, are critical success factors for the CALL community. So the questions are:
- What are the leading CALL theorists and practitioners doing now?
- What new developments are the experts discussing in local and global CALL communities?
- What must-know innovations and CALL cultures are emerging?
- What kinds of successes are others experiencing that can be leveraged to other CALL contexts?
The EuroCALL 2016 Conference aims to provide insights into what to look forward to in the near future and in the long run regarding the theories and practices of CALL communities and culture.
Conference language: English (Plenary sessions will be 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.
Proposals for Papers, Symposia, European Projects, Workshops and Posters must be submitted in English.
1. Individual papers
Papers can be submitted for either 45 minute presentations or 30 minute presentations:
- 45 minute presentations: 30 minutes presentation, 10 minutes for questions, 5 minutes for room changes
- 30 minute presentations: 20 minutes presentation, 5 for questions, 5 minutes for room changes
Three types of papers may be submitted:
- 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.
Symposia consist of from three to six presentations 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’s 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. 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.
Workshops are either 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 covered/ activities as well as technical requirements. Workshops will be scheduled on 24th August.
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 non-PhD student.
Format of abstracts
All presentation categories require a submission of an abstract that does not exceed 500 words, 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.