Call for Papers

EUROCALL2014, Groningen, The Netherlands, 20-23 August, 2014

Deadline for submissions: 14 February 2014 (Extended)

Submission link:

The 21st EUROCALL conference will be held at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands from 20th to 23rd August 2014.

The program will include individual papers, symposia, workshops, presentations on EU-funded projects, and posters.

EUROCALL conferences are hosted under the auspices of the EUROCALL Association ( They bring together educators, researchers, PhD students, administrators, designers of software and language learning systems, policy makers and other professionals involved in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) around the globe.

Conference theme

The conference theme is “CALL Design: Principles and Practice”. Proposals addressing the theme from theoretical and practical perspectives in relation to the many forms and contexts of CALL are particularly welcome. Submissions may include, but are not restricted to:

  • Applying principles from SLA and TBLT in CALL
  • Applying specific instructional models in CALL
  • Preparing and delivering open educational resources, open courseware and open online courses for language learning
  • Designing for open and independent online language learning
  • Using competence or outcome-based frameworks (CEFR, IATFL, etc.) in CALL design
  • Designing, applying and evaluating computer-based language tests
  • Applying corpus-based designs and technologies
  • Learning analytics and CALL design
  • Synchronous and asynchronous CMC
  • Gaming and virtual worlds
  • Mobile apps for CALL
  • Telecollaboration and Online Intercultural Exchanges
  • Using NLP and AI-based designs and technologies
  • Using specific design tools (LAMS, CompendiumLD, etc.) for CALL
  • CALL for specific contexts and purposes (institutional setting, independent use)
  • CALL for specific skills
  • Successful CALL project designs
  • Developing strategies for teacher education and professional development

Specialists and practitioners from the various disciplines and research areas which help inform CALL design are invited to contribute.

Proposals for Papers, Symposia, European Projects, Workshops and Posters must be submitted online via the EUROCALL submission system which is now open (see below).  The submission system will close on 14th February 2014.

Authors of accepted presentations are requested to submit a short paper (1,500 words) for publication in the online conference proceedings, and may also submit an extended version for peer-reviewed publication in ReCALL or the EUROCALL Review. Details will follow shortly.


Important dates

  • Deadline for submissions of proposals: 14th February 2014 (Extended)
  • Notification of acceptance: 13th April 2014 (change of date)
  • Early-bird Registration ends: 31st May 2014
  • Deadline for submissions of short papers for proceedings: 30th June 2014

Presentation categories

1. Individual papers

Papers can be submitted for either 45 minute presentations or 30 minute presentations:

  • 45 minute presentations:30 minutes presenting, 10 minutes for questions, 5 minutes for room changes
  • 30 minute presentations: 20 minutes presenting, 5 for questions, 5 minutes for room changes

Three types of papers may be given:

  • Research: papers focusing on a clearly specified research topic supported by a rationale, including a brief literature review. The thrust may be empirical or theoretical. The methodology should be clearly outlined as well as the actual or potential findings.
  • Research and development: papers focusing on the development of applications and programmes integrating CALL. The research should be original and may emphasize practice rather than research. They may also be based on projects either completed or under development (European, national, local).
  • Reflective practice: papers dealing with the integration of ICT in different contexts and for different purposes. The reflection could take the form of evaluation or action-research. Proposals should include elements that are of relevance beyond the context of the practice described.

2. Symposia

Symposia consist of three or four papers on a similar topic, proposed and organised by a chairperson, and should normally address the conference theme. Sessions last for 90 minutes, with NO changeover during the symposium. The proposal should outline the purpose of the symposium, the names and institutions of the participants, with a sentence mentioning what aspect of the main problem that each will address.

Submissions for symposia from EUROCALL’s SIGs are particularly welcome, with a view to promote their work to the conference delegates and encourage participation in the SIGs. Current Eurocall SIGs are: Teacher Education, Virtual Worlds, Natural Language Processing, CorpusCall, Computer Mediated Communication, and Mobile-Assisted Language Learning.

3. European Projects

This year’s conference will again offer a forum for the showcasing and dissemination of EU-funded projects. Each project will be allocated a 30 minute slot, including questions.

4. Workshops

Workshops are either half a day or a full day in duration and typically involve a hands-on session, where participants have the opportunity to become familiar with the latest developments in relevant topic areas in language teaching and learning and tools associated with these. We particularly welcome workshop proposals addressing the conference theme from theoretical and/or practical perspectives.  The proposal should include the intended duration of the workshop, its main purpose and a brief outline of topics covered/ activities as well as technical requirements. Workshops will be scheduled on 20th August.

5. Posters

Since posters aim to attract attention to a particular project or research domain, they should mainly focus on work in progress. They may, however, report previous or preliminary findings. Posters should be clear, easy to read and attractively laid out. Submissions from advanced students are especially welcome in this category. A prize will be awarded for the best poster in two categories: PhD/Graduate student and non-PhD student.


How to submit your proposal

The online abstract submission system has been developed using OpenConf, an open source programme. Complete the form and submit your proposal before 14th February 2014. An e-mail acknowledging receipt will automatically be sent to you. Please note the password you will have entered for future reference. (Please check your spam filter if the e-mail notification does not reach you). The submission ID, which you will receive via email upon submission of the form, along with this password will allow you to make future changes to your submission.

Format of abstracts

All presentation categories require a submission of an abstract that does not exceed 500 words, excluding the title, names and affiliations. You will have to select from a list of conference subthemes (topics) which will allow us to place your paper in the appropriate strand. You should provide 3 or 4 keywords too that will also help us place your abstract into the appropriate category. You can type your abstract directly onto the online form or paste a previously edited text. Plain text should be used. Do not use any formatting elements (bold or italics, bullets, list elements, symbols, borders, lines, etc.) The abstract system does not accept charts, tables, graphics or photos.
Before adding your abstract to the system, it is advisable to check the number of words and typing errors using a word processor. Please make sure that you do not use your name or refer to your home institution in the abstract itself, otherwise your proposal will be automatically rejected. These details should be provided in the Biography section of the submission form.

Entering the submission system

You can enter the Submission System by selecting the link below which will open a new window in your browser. In this window you should go through the following steps:

  • Complete the submission form and submit your proposal.
  • With the submission ID and your password, you can enter this system again: select “Edit a submission” or “Withdraw a submission” from the AUTHORS menu, and edit or withdraw your submission.
  • Whenever you update a submission, the system will automatically send the contact author an e-mail confirming successful update.
  • You can modify your saved abstracts at any time during the submission period.
  • During this process, you can contact the programme chairs by e-mail ( for assistance.
  • The results of the blind-reviewing process will be notified to submitters of proposals on 31 March 2014.

Submission link

Please use this link to open the submission system: