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TESOL Journal
TESOL Journal (TJ) is a refereed, practitioner-oriented electronic journal based on current theory and research in the field of TESOL. TJ is a forum for second and foreign language educators at all levels to engage in the ways that research and theorizing can inform, shape, and ground teaching practices and perspectives. Articles enable an active and vibrant professional dialogue about research- and theory-based practices as well as practice-oriented theorizing and research.

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Call for Applications: TESOL Journal Editor 

The TESOL Board of Directors  invites applications for editor(s) of TESOL Journal. The deadline is 1 October 2017. The editor(s) must be TESOL members in good standing throughout his or her term.

The editor serves a four-year term, one year as associate to the current editor and three years as editor. The new editor’s associate year begins in January 2018, and concludes with the December 2021 issue.

 Although the position has traditionally been held by one person, the board welcomes applications from two editors who would function as co-editors. In the latter case, the two potential co-editors need to submit a joint application.

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December 2018 Special Issue of TESOL Journal

Judy Sharkey and Yuliya Ardasheva, Editors
Deadline for Manuscript Submission: September 30, 2017

This special topics issue of TJ is guided by the question: “What is the role of creativity in enhancing students’ learning and/or teachers’ professional development?” We are interested in contributions from pre-K-12 (pre-elementary, middle, and secondary) contexts around the world.

Creativity is conceptualized and enacted in a variety of ways, including but not limited to artistic expression (e.g., drama-based approaches, digital literacies in schools), arts-based approaches to language and language use (e.g., multimodality, translanguaging, creative grammar and vocabulary instruction), reclaiming the arts in the time of an increased focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEAM), and responses to challenging circumstances (e.g., restrictive policies, scripted curriculum, lack of resources).


Potential topics include
  • creativity in curriculum development and implementation
  • creativity in instructional approaches and implementation
  • creativity in space use (e.g., community and online spaces
  • creativity across the language domains
  • research approaches and interpretations (including practitioner research)
For all submissions, please review the Author Guidelines on the TESOL Journal web page. Please upload your submissions (see descriptions on the journal webpage to the TJ online submission system indicating that your submission is for the Special Issue on the relevant submission question and also by selecting Special Issue as the article type.

Tentative Publication Timeline

30 September 2017
1 December 2017
1 March 2018
1 July 2018
December 2018
Manuscript submission deadline
Peer reviews sent to authors
Revised/Final version of manuscripts submitted to editors
Issue submitted to publisher