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Edited volume call for abstracts

Call for Chapter Abstracts (Deadline 31st October)

Edited volume – Embracing Multilingualism across Educational Contexts

Corinne Seals and Vincent Olsen-Reeder (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)

We are pleased to announce a call for chapter abstracts for the upcoming edited volume Embracing Multilingualism across Educational Contexts, to be published mid-2019.

Researchers in linguistics, applied linguistics, education, languages, and related fields are increasingly investigating the effects of different types of supportive language education, from minority language immersion models to flexible multilingual education models (e.g. Cenoz & Gorter 2015; García 2009, 2011; Weber 2014). These investigations have also led to the rise in popularity of investigations into translanguaging – what it means, how it can be used, who benefits, and how. Furthermore, translanguaging models can often work in conjunction with other models of language education, leading to a complex teaching and learning atmosphere that deserves further study.

As the lead researchers of Translanguaging Aotearoa (, we seek to bring together some of the vast expertise that exists internationally in the realm of multilingual education. Thus, the current volume focuses on researcher-led and practitioner-led studies of translanguaging in teaching. We are also interested in the role of translanguaging approaches as applied to traditionally immersion contexts. In all cases, this volume will particularly pay attention to how one best services heritage languages, including both Indigenous and immigrant languages. We will be actively including researchers, activists, policy makers, and practitioners in this volume.

Some themes of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Translanguaging in language education

  • Use of translanguaging in other types of education

  • Models of language education that support heritage language maintenance

  • Inclusion of heritage language support in “mainstream” classrooms

  • Support of Indigenous languages through multilingual models of education

  • Support of immigrant languages through multilingual models of education

  • The relationship between immersion education and translanguaging

  • Fluid multilingual models of education in early childhood education, primary school, secondary school, or university

  • Fluid multilingual models of education in non-traditional models of schooling

  • Community experiences with translanguaging and other models of multilingual education

  • Policy and planning perspectives on translanguaging and other models of multilingual education

Chapter abstracts of 350 – 500 words should be emailed to Corinne Seals at Received abstracts will be sent an email acknowledging receipt. All abstracts should also be accompanied by a short biographical note of up to 150 words for each author.

All authors who are accepted for the volume will be expected to also review one other chapter from the book in February 2019.

Please note – the timeframe for submission and turnaround is fairly tight due to the book being launched at the Embracing Multilingualism across Educational Contexts Symposium, to be held 28 June 2019 at Victoria University of Wellington in Wellington, New Zealand. A separate call for papers for the symposium will be launched in the near future.

Important Dates:

  • Abstract Deadline: 31 October 2018

  • Notification of Acceptance: 15 November 2018

  • Chapters Due: 1 February 2019

  • Reviews Returned: by 1 March 2019

  • Revised Chapters Due: 1 April 2019

  • Book Launched: June 2019

Thank you, and we look forward to receiving your chapter abstracts soon!

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