Thematic Issue CALL for Papers


Title: Technology-Mediated Task-based Language Teaching and Learning

The editors invite papers exploring innovative approaches to designing, implementing, and evaluating technology-mediated task-based language teaching and learning. Papers may report on empirical studies or theoretical pieces that challenge our current thinking about TBLT. Quantitative, qualitative, mixed-, and multiple-method designs are welcome. Quantitative studies examining learner process data are especially welcome as are all designs targeting less commonly taught languages, including ASL and other sign languages of the world. Studies relying purely on survey or questionnaire research will not be considered. Full-length manuscripts of no more than 7,500 words (all inclusive) will be invited by the editors after evaluating expressions of interest (see timeline below).

As a starting point, we use González-Lloret and Ortega (2014) in our framing of the five definitional features of a task in the context of technology and task integration. These features include the following: 1. Primary focus on meaning; 2. Goal orientation; 3. Learner-centeredness; 4. Holism; and 5. Reflective Learning. We also assume the non-neutrality of technology and acknowledge the importance of curriculum in task-technology integrations.

Forward-thinking topics relevant to technology-mediated task-based language teaching and learning may include but are not limited to:

  • AI in TMTBLT
  • Assessment
  • Critical approaches to TMTBLT
  • Curriculum Design
  • Digital literacies
  • Extramural language learning
  • Gaming
  • Individual differences
  • Materials development
  • Methodological considerations
  • Mobile environments
  • Needs analysis
  • Online, hybrid or blended course design
  • Replication studies
  • Special needs language learners
  • Task complexity
  • Task design
  • Task sequencing
  • Tasks in multisensorial environments
  • The role of the teacher
  • Theoretical constructs in TMTBLT
  • Young learners

Please send initial expressions of interest and/or queries to both of the following email addresses: [email protected] and [email protected]

González-Lloret, M., & Ortega, L. (2014). Towards technology-mediated TBLT: An introduction. In M. González-Lloret & L. Ortega, (Eds.), Technology-mediated TBLT : Researching technology and tasks (pp. 1-22). John Benjamins Publishing Company.


October 1st, 2023: Initial expressions of interest/proposals of no more than 750 words. This proposal should address the theoretical framework employed, justification for the study, research questions, methodology, findings (where available), and implications for future research or pedagogy. For theoretical pieces, ensure the proposal includes a clearly articulated problem and a proposed solution.

December 1st, 2023: Invitation for full manuscripts (Please note that an invitation to submit a full-length manuscript does not guarantee publication in the thematic issue).

June 1st, 2024: Full manuscript due to editors

June 15th, 2024: Anonymized manuscripts sent to at least two external reviewers

August 1st, 2024: Round one peer review due to editors

August 15th, 2024: Editors send “round 1” comments to authors

November 1st, 2024: Revised drafts due to editors

December 1st, 2024: Editors’/reviewers’ comments sent back to authors

February 28th, 2025: Revised/Final version due to editors

March 30, 2025: Final selection of papers by CALICO Journal editors

April 15th, 2025: Final versions of manuscripts to copy editing

May/June 2025: Copy editing queries/author responses

July 2025: Proofreading galleys; publication to advance access

Aug./Sept. 2025: Manuscripts published in Advance Access

October 2025: Publish Issue 42.3