Call for Abstracts: Special Issue "Digital technology in language teaching and learning"


Editors: Dr Sue Ollerhead, Dr Julie Choi & Dr Sasikala (Shashi) Nallaya

TESOL in Context is calling for submission of papers for an upcoming special edition on Digital Technology in Language Teaching and Learning. The coronavirus pandemic has foregrounded the critical role of digital technology in teaching and learning, as language teachers around the world have been forced to adapt and respond to their learners’ needs and demands. Teachers’ responses differ widely depending on their teaching contexts, their level of access to digital tools, and their familiarity with sound pedagogies that support learning with and through digital technology. With the rise of newer and more innovative ways of teaching including Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL), Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL) and Multilingual Computer-Assisted Language Learning (MCALL), there is a need to establish clear pedagogical principles for using digital technology in language learning. This special issue draws on a range of contexts in which digital technologies are used to assist and enhance language learning through sound pedagogical practices. Authors may wish to consider the following aspects in their papers but are not expected to be limited by the prompts.

1. Their teaching and learning context and background.
2. The rationale for using digital technology.
3. Description of the technology and how it was used in the specified context (include links to the technology where applicable).
4. How the technology directed student learning and other potential possibilities for learning.
5. Challenges that arose from using the technology.
6. Specific knowledge/skills that are required from the user to optimally use the technology (both teacher and student).
7. Any identified advantages and/or disadvantages of using the technology in the language learning space. 8. Two/three implications of using such digital technology in language learning.
9. Feedback from stakeholders (students, colleagues, management) about the efficacy of the technology in learning.
10. Improvements that would be made on the pedagogy to direct its use in future practices (if any).

Important dates:

To be considered, please submit a title and a max. 300 word abstract to the TESOL in Context Journal Coordinator at by 31st October 2022. Submitting authors will be notified of abstract acceptance by 30 November 2022. The deadline for submissions is 1 March 2023 for online publication in the first quarter of 2023. Upon notification of abstract acceptance, you would be required to submit a manuscript of between 3500-5000 words for consideration in this issue, online at or e-mail it to