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Call for Papers for Special Themed Issue

"Reshaping ESOL: Addressing and Advancing Issues of Policy and Practice"

Volume 8, Issue 2


Important Dates

Call opens: September 1, 2020

Call closes: March 1, 2021

(Publication Date: August 1, 2021)


Guest Editors

Dr. Mike Chick, University of South Wales, Cardiff, UK
(Please e-mail Dr. Chick with any questions: mike.chick@southwales.ac.uk

Lesley Painter-Farrell, The New School, New York, NY

Pauline Blake-Johnston, SRUC, Elmwood Campus


Rising global migration means that governments and societies across the world face the challenge of creating stable, prosperous communities that are increasingly populated by people of diverse language backgrounds sharing common stories of humanitarian, social, and economic struggle. Alongside an appreciation that we live in a multi-lingual world, such demographic change also requires the provision of culturally sensitive and high-quality language education programs (ESOL in English speaking countries) which facilitate and promote not only language learning but also community integration. Learners need to be able to support themselves and their families, which involves being able to navigate health, welfare and education systems. In recognition of these circumstances, this special issue welcomes papers on the planning, delivery, and oversight of ESOL programs both in the US and worldwide. Papers from any country where language education programs are delivered to migrants are encouraged. Articles, both theoretical and practice-based, are welcome and perspectives are sought by academic researchers, classroom-based researchers, practitioners and policy makers.

Aim and Scope of Special Themed Issue

Submissions should be based on one or more of following themes:

  • Language education as a human right
  • Multigenerational, two-generation and/or family literacy/whole-family education
  • The organization of migrant language education / ESOL programs in state, national, and/or international contexts
  • Advocacy, policy and classroom reality
  • Language learning and community integration
  • Collaborative solutions to migrant language education / ESOL provision
  • Teacher education and training for migrant language education / ESOL contexts
  • The role of the volunteer workforce in migrant language education / ESOL services
  • The role and impact of children as family translators/interpreters

Specific Guidelines for Submissions

1. For specific information about the theme of the special issue and suitability of your submission, please send an inquiry to Dr. Mike Chick: mike.chick@southwales.ac.uk

2. For information about manuscript preparation, how to submit a manuscript, and all other relevant information including style and ethics, please visit our NYS TESOL Journal website:


3. To Submit to any of the Four Categories (Reader Response is sent to the editorial email)


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