Special Issue of SiSAL Journal. The Psychology of Language Learning Beyond the Classroom. Selected papers from the 2018 Psychology of Language Learning Conference, Tokyo

SiSAL Journal will publish a special issue on selected papers from the Psychology of Language Learning Conference 3 (PLL3 http://www.pll3-tokyo2018.com/) in March 2019 (Volume 10, Issue 1) edited by Jo Mynard and David McLoughlin.

Further information

PLL conferences are organised by The International Association for the Psychology of Language Learning (IAPLL http://www.iapll.com/). IAPLL is an interdisciplinary association of scholars with an interest in exploring the psychological dimension to language learning. We aim to foster research, hold conferences, issue publications, cooperate with related organizations and carry on other activities for those interested in the study of the psychology of language learning throughout the world.

The third international Psychology for Language Learning conference (PLL3) was held at Waseda University, Tokyo, June 7-10, 2018. The theme of the conference was “Stretching Boundaries” and the aim was to bring together people from all over the world to share their interest in the role of psychology in the learning and teaching of languages .

The conference addressed a wide range of topics relating to psychology in language learning, such as:

  • language learners as people and their various individual characteristics, including self-concept, motivation, identities, beliefs, agency, and emotions
  • the dynamics of the learning process and interaction with others
  • context and the psychology of language learning
  • innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to research
  • practical classroom applications

This special issue of SiSAL Journal may include a focus on any of these aspects, but should make explicit reference to supporting learners outside the classroom which is the specific focus of the journal. We invite the following:

  1. Research papers (around 5000 words)
  2. Good practice papers which are less research-focused and emphasize how language learners are supported psychologically outside the classroom (around 3500 words)
  3. Work in progress papers (ideal for early career researchers) (around 2000 words)
  4. Conference reviews of PLL3 (around 2000 words)

Deadlines and publication information

Deadline for submissions: November 1, 2018
Confirmation of provisional acceptance: November 30, 2018
Peer review process: December 2018 to January 2019
Final preparation of manuscripts: January to February 2019
Publication: March 2019

Submission procedures

Please follow the journal style guidelines and submit your manuscript as an e-mail attachment to the editors at: Editor@sisaljournal.org by November 1, 2018.

If you are interested in joining the editorial or review teams, please get in touch.

Only papers presented at PLL3 will be eligible for inclusion in this special issue (with the exception of conference reviews). Other papers on the theme of psychology of language learning beyond the classroom could be submitted for consideration for a general issue of SiSAL Journal.

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