Submission of Proposals for the Learner Development Journal Issue One - Visualising Learner Development
The Learner Development Journal is the online, open-access journal of the JALT Learner Development SIG. Published once a year, The Learner Development Journal is devoted to practitioner-driven research, reviews and interviews exploring learner development issues in second language education.

The Learner Development Journal ( represents a commitment to group-based professional development and shared exploration. It provides a forum to explore issues related to specific learner development themes in a collaborative and supportive environment.

Each issue of The Learner Development Journal contains five to seven papers of varying lengths related to the common theme, reviews of key texts, an interview with or a contribution from a key teacher/researcher in the field, and an introduction and conclusion written by the issue editor(s) to provide an overview and context to the whole collection of work. Contributors will work with each other to read and respond to one another’s work during the research and writing process. We are especially interested in practitioner research, student participatory research, and co-authored works.

The Theme of LD Journal Issue 1 (Spring 2017)

The theme of the first issue is “Visualising Learner Development”. Research and writing that is related (but not limited) to the following topics is particularly welcome:

Computer-mediated visualisation
Digital storytelling
L2 self images
Language learning histories
Metaphors for teaching and learning
Representations of motivation
Visual narratives
Other areas of visualization relevant to learner development (please specify in your proposal if this applies to you)

Full articles will be between 5000 and 7000 words. We are also interested in book reviews (or annotated reading lists), stories and interviews.

Submission Process

February 7th, 2016 Deadline for submission of proposals
February 22nd, 2016 Acceptance of proposals
March/April 2016   Sharing research interests and plans with other contributors
May/June 2016 Talking through first research notes
September/October 2016  Talking through research development and analysis
November/December 2016 First complete draft and peer feedback
January 2017 Final drafts
February/March 2017   Editing and finalization
April/May 2017 Publication

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