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Call for Chapter Proposals: Agency and SLA
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due sept 15, 2012

When: 9/15/2012

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Submission Deadline: September 15, 2012

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Theorizing and Analyzing Agency and
Second Language Learning (Tentative title)

Edited by
Dr. Ping Deters (Seneca College, Ontario, Canada)
Dr. Xuesong "Andy” Gao (University of Hong Kong)
Dr. Elizabeth R. Miller (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
Dr. Gergana Vitanova (University of Central Florida)

Second language researchers are increasingly treating agency as a fundamental construct in understanding language learning processes
and language learner identities. This growing emphasis on learner
agency reflects the broader shift in second language research to
exploring learners as complex individuals whose language use,
meaning making and actions are mediated by their social and cultural
worlds. However, leading scholars in the field have commented on the
lingering under-theorization of agency and the concomitant lack of
clarity in defining agency that characterizes much of the current
research. Others have noted the difficulty of establishing sound
analytic procedures for investigating agency empirically. In addition,
the difficulty of translating theory into practice continues to challenge
second language instructors.

We are seeking proposals for chapters that address the construct of
agency through theoretical and empirical research in second language
studies. In particular, we are interested in manuscripts that correspond
to one of the following three objectives for the volume:

1. Provide an interdisciplinary introduction to theories of agency and
second language learning, e.g.:
- practice theory,
- sociocultural theory,
- positioning theory,
- performativity,
- critical theory, and others.
Separate chapters will demonstrate how their particular theoretical
approaches lead to commensurate definitions or understandings of

2. Present varying analytic approaches adopted in empirical studies,
- discourse analysis,
- narrative studies,
- systemic functional linguistics, and others.
These chapters will foreground the analytic procedures used and
demonstrate how they have been applied in empirical research.

3. Demonstrate how theory and empirical findings can be
implemented into pedagogical practices that support learner agency or
enable learner agency to emerge, in various learning contexts, e.g.:
- second language,
- foreign language,
- classroom-based,
- naturalistic,
- TESOL, and others.

Chapter Proposal Submission Process:

You are invited to submit a 600-word proposal by September 15, 2012
containing the following information:
- Book section to which your chapter is being submitted (theoretical
focus, analytic focus, or pedagogical focus)
- Proposed chapter title
- Author name(s) and affiliation(s)
- Overview of chapter which addresses how it aligns with the selected
- 4-6 keywords
- Brief biography of author(s)

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by November 1, 2012.

This volume has been discussed with an internationally reputable
publisher. Once chapter proposals have been accepted, a full book
proposal will be sent to the publisher. Upon acceptance by the
publisher, potential chapter authors will be invited to submit full
chapters (up to 8,000 words) and will be sent guidelines for preparing
chapters along with submission deadlines (approximately three months
from notification). Chapters should be original manuscripts and should
not be submitted for publication elsewhere. All submitted chapters will
be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be
requested to serve as reviewers for this book project.

Inquiries and chapter proposals can be submitted electronically (Word
document) to the editors:

Ping Deters -
Xuesong "Andy” Gao -
Elizabeth R. Miller -

Gergana Vitanova -

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