2022 International Conference on CALL

4th Call for Papers

November 12-13, 2022  Xi'an, China

Hosted by Computer-Assisted Language Learning Association, China Association for Comparative Studies of English and Chinese (ChinaCALL), organized by the Institute of Online Education and Artificial Intelligence and Human Languages Lab of Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) and the School of Foreign Languages of Xidian University, and hosted jointly by the Journal of China Computer-Assisted Language Learning (JCCALL), the 2022 International Conference on CALL will be held in Xi’an, China, from November 12th to 13th, 2022. The conference aims to share knowledge, skills, and ideas on the integration of technologies and language learning in the forms of pre-conference workshop, keynote speeches, individual presentations and colloquium.

We welcome experts, teachers, and practitioners in CALL to join us!

Conference theme:

Emerging Technologies and Language Education

This conference will address the theoretical and practical research of emerging technologies in language education, more specifically the impact of virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies on language teaching and learning. We invite participants to present their current or recent research and to focus hereby on one or more of the following topics.

Exploring new theories in CALL

Using VR, AR, MR in language education

VR Theories: embodied cognition, experiential learning

Emerging Technology and well-being in education

Technology and language education

CALL environment

CALL & teacher education

Web-based instructional design for foreign language instruction

Web-based language assessment

CALL learners

Modality of learning

Web-based and resource-driven learning

Using the Internet for cultural exchange

Corpus-based and data-driven learning

Mobile language learning

Fostering autonomous learning through technology

Lessons learnt in CALL

E-learning, collaborative learning and blended learning

Language MOOCs

Managing multimedia/hypermedia environments

CALL in vocational education

Using Artificial Intelligence in education

High quality research papers in English will be recommended to be published on Journal of China Computer-Assisted Language Learning (JCCALL), an international refereed publication, which is the official journal of ChinaCALL, an affiliate of China Association for Comparative Studies of English and Chinese. The journal is founded by Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) in September, 2021, and it is peer-reviewed, published in English, open-access and issued twice a year by De Gruyter and Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press. (JCCALL website: https://www.degruyter.com/journal/key/jccall/html)

Selected research papers in English will also be suggested to other international journals, including International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT) and Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics. Besides, we also plan to publish online a conference proceeding of accepted papers.

Keynote speakers:

  • 1. Dr. Phil Hubbard

    Dr. Phil Hubbard is Senior Lecturer Emeritus at the Stanford University Language Center, where he served as Director of English for Foreign Students 2003-2020. In the past four decades in CALL he has published in the areas of evaluation, development, theory, research methodology, listening, teacher education, and learner training. He served on the team that developed the TESOL Technology Standards (2008, 2011) and is Associate Editor of the journals Computer Assisted Language Learning and Language Learning & Technology. His most recent book, An Invitation to CALL: Foundations of Computer-Assisted Language Learning, is available for free at www.apacall.org.

    【Speech Title】

    Emerging technologies and language learning: Mining the past to transform the future


    The theme of this year’s ChinaCALL Conference, emerging technologies, will naturally be the focus of many exciting presentations. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, conversational robots, virtual worlds, virtual reality, augmented reality, automated assessment, and so on are full of promise and seem poised to revolutionize language teaching and learning over the next decade. Yet they have elements–mediational elements--that link them more closely to technologies of former days than might be expected. I first introduce some underlying concepts relating to the mediational properties of technology for language learning and teaching. I then discuss how language researchers, developers, and teachers can use what we have learned in CALL research and practice from the past to help them more effectively face the challenge of creating and refining effective language learning applications, activities, and tasks using these emerging technologies. I conclude with suggestions and examples from recent studies showing how this goal might be accomplished.

  • 2. Prof. Wang Quan

    Dr. Wang Quan is a professor and vice president of Xidian University. He is currently director of Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Human-Computer Interaction & Wearable Computing, and director of the Embedded System Committee of China Computer Academy. He also holds such key positions as deputy secretary general of the Teaching Informatization and Teaching Method Innovation Guidance Committee of the Ministry of Education, member of the Software Engineering Teaching Guidance Committee, and vice president of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Education Branch of China Higher Education Association. Dr. Wang is an expert of China national Commission for UNESCO and a panel member for the compilation of the Long-term Development Plan of Education Informatization (2021-3035) and the 14th Five-year Plan of Education Informatization of the Ministry of Education.

    【Speech Title】

    Information Technology Empowering the High Quality Development of Talent Cultivation


    The report starts with the current situation of talent cultivation and the demand of high-quality development. It presents some ideas of how to improve talent cultivation capability by using information technology (such as big data and artificial intelligence) to bring about classroom revolution and reform of teaching evaluation. The practice and results of high-quality talent cultivation of Xidian University are also covered in this report.

  • 3. Prof. Thang Siew Ming

    Dr. Thang Siew Ming is a Professor at HELP University, Kuala Lumpur. She is also an Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Her areas of interest are CALL, Learner Autonomy, Motivation, and Eye-tracking research. She is President of PacCALL and Co-chair of GLoCALL series of conferences. She has published extensively and is on the editorial boards of numerous well-known CALL and Language Education journals. Her recent publications are available in highly reputable journals such as the CALL, TAPER, Language & Education, EAR, AJET, IRRODL, IJPL, 3L and GEMA.

    【Speech Title】

    Eye-tracking research on young children: What can we learn from it?


    There have been many studies on how children develop literacy skills, but not many of these studies attempt to investigate the cognitive process behind the development of these skills. Children who have not yet received formal instruction in reading are known as prereaders. Investigations into the cognitive processes of prereaders are difficult to carry out, as it is not possible to get them to express their thoughts in think-aloud protocol or participate in interviews. The presentation will share eye-tracking research which explore prereaders’ responses when exposed to reading materials under various conditions, such as looking at a picture and listening to a matching narration, looking at a picture and listening to a non-matching narration, given a picture without narration and also given a text with a matching narration only. Their story-telling performance was also investigated and match with their eye-tracking data. Studies undertaken in Western contexts will be compared with the studies undertaken in the Malaysian context to see the influence of culture as well as language proficiency on prereaders’ eye movements and story-telling performance. Theories will be used to derive a better understanding of the cognitive processes that go on in their minds when exposed to the different conditions.

  • 4. Prof. Li Zuowen

    Li Zuowen, Professor and PhD supervisor, is the director of the Key Laboratory of artificial intelligence and human languages, Beijing Foreign Studies University. He concurrently serves as a member of foreign language teaching steering committee under Ministry of Education, President of China Textlinguistics Research Association, President of the audio-visual Translation and Communication Committee under China Radio and television Federation, and executive member of foreign language research branch under China Higher Education Association. He has published more than 50 academic papers in journals such as Journal of Foreign Languages, Foreign Languages in China, Technology Enhanced Foreign Language Education. His research interests include discourse linguistics, computational linguistics, language teaching, etc.

    【Speech Title】

    Disciplinary Knowledge Graph and Intelligent Language Teaching


    In recent years, artificial intelligence, big data, 5G, virtual reality and other technologies have penetrated into various fields of education, and have had a far-reaching impact on the traditional teaching content, mode and evaluation. The development trend of education from digitalization to intellectualization is increasingly obvious. Artificial intelligence has developed from computational intelligence and perceptual intelligence to cognitive intelligence, which is embodied in the fact that machines can understand data, understand language and then understand the real world, in the fact that machines can interpret data, explain processes and then explain phenomena, and in a series of human unique cognitive abilities such as reasoning and planning. As a semantic network, subject knowledge graph can not only enhance the interpretability and reasoning of artificial intelligence, but also provide technical means for domain knowledge modelling, the core and basic problem in personalized adaptive learning system. It is the key to build an intelligent education system. Therefore, the development of subject knowledge graph has become an important research topic for the development of intelligent education.

  • 5. Dr. Mirjam Hauck

    Dr. Mirjam Hauck is Associate Head for Internationalisation, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the Open University/UK and a Senior Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on the use of technologies for the learning and teaching of languages and cultures, in virtual exchange contexts in particular. Her work covers aspects such as learner and teacher autonomy, intercultural communicative competence, and critical digital literacy. She presents regularly at conferences, seminars, and workshops worldwide.
    She is the President of the European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL), serves as Associate Editor of the CALL Journal and is a member of the editorial board of ReCALL and LLT.

    【Speech Title】

    Critical CALL, Critical Virtual Exchange, and Critical Global Citizenship Education


    Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are responsible for preparing young people for the 21st century labour market in a globally interconnected world by helping them develop their international and intercultural skills including foreign languages. One way of assuming this responsibility is through internationalisation at home (IaH) (Beelen & Jones, 2015) as only a minority of (language) students are, in fact, able to study abroad. Virtual exchange (VE) – also known as telecollaboration - is increasingly seen as “the” solution to IaH (O’Dowd and Beelen (2021). VE is a research-informed practice consisting of sustained, technology-enabled, people-to-people education programmes in all subject areas in which constructive communication and interaction occurs between students who are geographically separated and/or from different cultural backgrounds, with the support of educators. It combines the deep impact of intercultural dialogue with the broad reach of digital technology (EVOLVE, 2019). Yet, it cannot be assumed that IaH and VE are inherently inclusive. On the contrary, they are as prone to suffer from Western hegemonies as any other form of online or blended education (Helm, 2020), the dominance of English being one example.

    Hence, my starting points are critical CALL and critical VE, each conceptualised as a vehicle for public engagement, and socio-political change. A vehicle which can address social justice and inclusion at institutional level, and for individuals for instance by improving students’ access to employment through purposeful (language) learning experiences which are
      • specifically target marginalised and underrepresented student populations
      • encourage development and critical reflection on international, linguacultural, and digital skills
      • promote multilingualism and translanguaging approaches.

    My stance is aligned with critical Global Citizen Education (GCE) as framed by Andreotti (2006) which has notions of power, voice, and difference at its core, and - similar to critical CALL and critical VE - involves the systematic development of critical engagement, reflexivity, and re-learning. My contribution will be mix of theoretical framing and practical examples of language-focused instantiations of VEs that speak to a critical CALL, critical VE and critical GCE agenda.

  • 6. Dr. Jeong-Bae Son

    Jeong-Bae Son, Ph.D., teaches Applied Linguistics and TESOL courses and supervises doctoral students at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. His areas of specialisation are computer-assisted language learning (CALL) and language teacher development. He has published extensively in the field of CALL and conducted seminars and workshops around the world. He is the President of the Asia-Pacific Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (APACALL) and Editor of the APACALL Book Series. Details of his research can be found on his website at https://drjbson.com.

    【Speech Title】

    Teacher Development through Exploration, Communication, Collaboration and Reflection


    Language teachers need to develop their competence in computer-assisted language learning (CALL) and technology-enhanced language teaching (TELT). This talk explores language teacher development in technology integration based on Son’s (2018) Exploration-Communication-Collaboration-Reflection (ECCR) model. It also looks at technology standards and teacher development frameworks with a focus on Son’s digital language teacher development framework (DLTDF), which guides teachers what they can do and how they can engage with ECCR in digital environments where digital devices are used for learning and teaching. In addition, it discusses language teachers’ engagement with professional development with data from two studies, which investigated how in-service language teachers explore, communicate, collaborate and reflect for TELT. The results of the two studies indicate that those teachers in the studies were engaged with various ECCR activities with different interests and competencies in their contexts. It is important to keep addressing the questions of how teachers can integrate technology effectively and how they can improve their knowledge and skills for TELT in continuously changing educational environments.

  • 7. Dr. Lai Chun

    Dr. Lai Chun is an associate professor at the Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on technology and language education, examining the use of technology among teachers and learners to enhance language teaching and learning. She has researched various aspects of this research issue, and has published more than 80 internationally referred journal papers and book chapters on this topic.

    【Speech Title】

    Incorporating Technology in Language Teaching and Learning


    Technology is pervasive and constantly updating. With more and more technologies getting entrenched and new technologies being introduced in language education, how we as language teachers should position language teaching in the world of emerging technologies? In this session, we will explore the promises some emerging technologies bring to language teaching and learning inside and outside the classroom. We will also discuss how language teachers can coordinate the learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom to reap the benefits emerging technologies bring to language education.

Important dates:

From March 1, 2022 Opening of proposal submission
August 15, 2022 Deadline for proposal submission
From July 31, 2022 Notices of acceptance sent out
August 15, 2022 Deadline for regular registration
October 15, 2022 Release of conference program
November 12-13, 2022 Plenary & concurrent sessions

Conference information:

1. Please click “ Registration” on the conference website to register and submit abstracts ONLINE.

2. Working languages: English and Chinese, preferably English.

3. Conference sessions: The conference will be composed of keynote speeches (50min per session) and oral presentations (20min per session).

4. Registration Fee: The registration fee is RMB¥800 each for the regular participant, and RMB¥400 each for the full-time postgraduate student. Please kindly note that student participants need to present their student IDs upon registration. The registration fee includes the cost of conference organization and the conference information package. Once paid, it will not be refunded. The registration fee has to be prepaid, before October 25, 2022. Please kindly note that regular participants who fail to pay by due date will not be arranged to give presentations. On-site payment will only be available for listeners who decide to come on short notice.

5. Accommodation: The hotel information will be released on the conference website in due course. Please kindly note that the conference organizing committee is NOT responsible for hotel reservation, and the hotel expenses are NOT included in the registration fee.

6. Invoice: Please fill in the invoice details online upon registration.

Abstract submission guideline:

1. Deadline of submission: Abstract must be submitted online before August 15, 2022. Each leading author (first author) can submit up to 2 abstracts.

2. The Body of Abstract: Maximum word count is 300. (Title, authors, affiliations and references are not included in word limit.) The abstract should be composed of research background, objectives, methods and outcomes. Please include the grant or other support information for your research, if appropriate.

3. After abstracts are accepted, please send short papers (about 3000 words) to conference@beiwaionline.com.

Contact us:

Website: www.chinacall.org.cn/conference2022

E-mail: conference@beiwaionline.com

Tel: (86) 010-88818307

Conference Organizing Committee

July 2022