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Call for Submissions: Language Teacher Emotion Research

Monday, November 1, 2021

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Call for Submissions: Language Teacher Emotion Research: Contemporary Developments and Challenges

Special Issue Information:

This special issue (SI) focuses on innovations and challenges in contemporary language teacher emotion research, a growing subfield of Applied Linguistics and Language Education. Drawing on theoretical, methodological, pedagogical, epistemological, and other perspectives of experienced researchers and educators around the world, it aims to take stock of contemporary language teacher emotion research and practice and to interrogate its utility, aims, and values: where we have come from, where we are, where we go from here, and how and why.
To review the current state of language teacher emotion scholarship and to advance this critical area of research and practice, the SI will include papers ranging from original studies (qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods) to those focusing on methodological and conceptual issues. In reporting their original research, contributors are expected to keep the purpose of this SI in view. That is, they are to situate their conceptual and analytical frameworks in language teacher emotion research and to make explicit how their specific research approach and study findings advance the field and its aims. Papers focusing on methodological and conceptual matters should include a critical review of existing literature and offer proposals for refining theory and/or pursuing alternative ways to conduct language teacher research.

All papers should also make connections with theory as they contribute insights for teacher training and professional development and promote effective, empowering, ethical, and reflective practices. Similarly, contributors are asked to explain how they theorize and operationalize emotion, describe how their approach and/or perspective contributes to our understandings and investigations of emotions in language teaching and offer suggestions for future directions.

We especially encourage submissions that engage with the emotional realities of teachers of languages other than English, that are innovative and transdisciplinary, that represent diverse approaches, epistemologies, and perspectives, and that bring attention to underrepresented geographic, cultural, moral-political, and institutional contexts and concerns.

Please note that all contributions must make explicit connections with language teacher emotion research. Possible topics and foci include but are not limited to:
• Reports of original research (qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods)
• Research approaches/methods and innovations • Transdisciplinary perspectives
• Theoretical/conceptual concerns and innovations
• Pedagogical insights and innovations (including critical, feminist, and anti-racist pedagogies)
• Emotions and agency
• Emotion regulation (including self- and other-regulation)
• Emotion labor
• Emotional capital
• Language teacher emotions in online or technology enhanced environments
• Emotions of teachers of non-English and/or non-European languages
• Emotions of teachers of heritage and/or indigenous languages
• Translanguaging
• Language teacher emotions and identity (including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class)
• New Materialism
• Neoliberalism
• Resilience, well-being, and/or thriving
• Social justice, advocacy
• Moral-political realities and concerns
• Local and global perspectives Manuscript submission information:

Guest Editor & manuscript submission information:

Matthew T. Prior, Arizona State University. Mari Haneda, Pennsylvania State University. Special issue information:

We request that interested authors submit a proposed title and abstract (max 300 words). Please send submissions and inquiries to the Guest Editors ( and Abstracts will be reviewed by the Guest Editors for the purposes of ensuring proper alignment with the scope of the SI. All invited manuscripts (7,000 words not including references, appendices, etc.) will undergo double-blind peer review.

This issue will be a virtual special issue. This means that your paper will appear in the next regular issue after it is accepted. After all papers have been accepted, the Guest Editors will compile a virtual issue on the System journal homepage.

Publication Timeline:

• Abstract submission deadline: November 1, 2021
• Notification of abstract acceptance: December 1, 2021
• Full manuscript deadline: May 1, 2022

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