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Call for Proposals
Southern Conference on Language Teaching
March 21-23, 2019, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The 2019 theme is Leaving Lasting Footprints. Submit your proposal by September 1, 2018.

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Southwest Conference on Language Teaching
March 28-30, 2019, Fort Worth, Texas

The 2019 theme is Texas Roundup of Language Standards. Proposals are due September 30, 2018.

Call for Papers
Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German Special Issue: Teaching German Studies in a Global Context

Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German is now accepting contributions for its Fall 2019 special issue (52.2): Teaching German Studies in a Global Context. This issue seeks contributions that explore what it means to teach German Studies in a global context. Submissions are due January 15, 2019. See More▼

Topics might include:
• The theoretical and pragmatic justifications for a “global” turn in the teaching of German Studies
• The opportunities and challenges posed by globalizing undergraduate and graduate courses and curricula
• The teaching of migration and exophonic writers as related to concepts of Germanness and German culture
• The training of graduate students to understand the global aspects of German Studies while preparing them for academic and non‐academic careers
• Examples of undergraduate or graduate lessons, courses, or curricula that situate the teaching of the global within the teaching of German Studies

Interested authors should contact Lisabeth Hock and Nicole Coleman, who serve as curators for this special issue, with inquiries and questions. All manuscripts should be submitted online at In order to ensure that manuscripts conform to the journal style, please consult the Author Guidelines, which can be found on the journal's homepage. Deadline: January 15, 2019.
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Call for Contributions
Collected Volume: Tests that Second Language Teachers Make and Use

This new collected volume, edited by Greta Gorsuch, Texas Tech University, highlights classroom tests that high school and college-level working second and foreign language teachers have written and used to assess student learning, to provide feedback, and to award grades. Working teachers and administrators are invited to submit their original, previously unpublished tests, used to estimate students’ learning achievement in classrooms. Initial submissions are due September 1, 2018. See More▼

These can include traditional paper-and-ink tests, criterion-referenced tests, mid-term or final exams, performance tests, and long quizzes or a connected series of quizzes. Computer-administered tests are welcome, if all test items are provided for publication in the volume. Most language skills, and content areas used to teach language, are welcome including listening, reading, speaking, writing, vocabulary, literature, global studies, culture studies, science, etc.

As many classroom tests test multiple skill and content areas in accordance with course objectives, mixed skill and content tests are welcome. And, although multiple choice is a common test item format, tests that are wholly comprised of multiple choice items will not be accepted. Thus, admission tests or placement tests (norm-referenced tests) are not suitable for this volume. Tests with alternate test item formats (matching, short answer, task, etc.) according to what learner knowledge and skills the teacher/author wishes to capture are strongly encouraged.

Contributors will also be asked to provide answers to questions on a moderate-length questionnaire, that probe their thought processes as they designed the test, and how they use the tests and test scores in their day-to-day teaching and decision making. Tests of any second or foreign language are invited, including Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish tests, and also less commonly taught languages such as Arabic, Cantonese, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, Swahili, Tamil, Telugu, or Thai. Tests not in English will need to be offered with a basic English translation. Answers to the survey questions need to be answered in English. Responses may be edited for continuity. The finished test and commentary will comprise a short chapter of approximately 7500 words. If accepted, the test author will be listed as a contributor, along with their affiliation. Contributions are welcome from working language teachers at every level of professional development, including teachers-in-training currently enrolled in graduate programs (and who are being supported as teaching assistants), mid-career teachers, and late-career teachers.

The editor takes the position that rather than viewing teachers’ tests as idiosyncratic and poor shadows of what professional test writers can accomplish, it is more constructive to identify the deeper patterns and order of tradition, innovation, and reasoning behind teachers’ tests and testing practices. This book will be a resource for readers as actual classroom tests in multiple languages will be presented, along with author- and individual teachers’/test-writers’ commentary. The commentary will deeply and transparently probe the processes of the test construction, use, and validation.

• September 1, 2018: 500-word self-introduction (in English) and test + basic English translation
• November 1, 2018: Notification of acceptance and request for written responses to questionnaire; Full proposal made to reputable, international-level publisher
• January 30, 2019: Final version of test and written responses to questionnaire due
• February 25 - June 25, 2019: Editing of chapters, negotiation of final chapter prose
• June 30, 2019: Notification of final acceptance
• June 30 - August 30, 2019: Final preparation of manuscript
• September 15, 2019: Manuscript to publisher

Contact Greta Gorsuch with questions.
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Call for Contributions
Journal: No Man’s Land

No Man’s Land, the independent online journal of contemporary German literature in English translation, is now inviting submissions for its upcoming thirteenth issue (2018). No Man’s Land publishes translations into English of German-language prose and poetry written since 1990, and is currently seeking submissions: fiction and creative nonfiction, including self-contained excerpts from longer works; or up to six poems by a single author. For detailed guidelines and access to the submission portal, please visit the SUBMIT page of the No Man’s Land website. Deadline: September 10, 2018.

Applied Language Learning Call for Submissions

Applied Language Learning provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on instructional methods and techniques, curriculum and materials development, assessment of needs within the profession, testing and evaluation, and implications and applications of research from related fields such as linguistics, education, communications, psychology, and the social sciences. Articles that describe innovative and successful practice and methods and/or report educational research or experimentation are welcome.

Submissions are welcome at any point. Manuscripts received by 31 January will be considered for the Spring issue and by 31 July for the Fall issue of the journal. See More▼

Submitted manuscripts should be prepared according to the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). The manuscripts should be:
• Within 5,000 words (excluding references, charts, notes, etc.)
• Submitted electronically via email attached as a MS Word document
• Double-line spaced throughout, including notes, references, and tables, with margins of one inch on all four sides, using 10 or 12-point Times New Roman font
• Accompanied by a 150-200 word abstract and a cover sheet containing the manuscript title, name, address, telephone numbers, email address, and full names and institutions of each author. (Because the manuscript will be blind reviewed, identifying information should be on the cover sheet only, and not appear in the manuscript)
Check past issues of the journal, which have detailed information on manuscript preparation.

All manuscripts should be electronically submitted to the Editor. Visit the Defense Language Institute website and use the dropdown menu to select "Academic Journal."
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