Thursday, March 23, 2006

CFP: Book collection about second-language writing across contexts

Would be nice to have some submissions to this book from Taiwan...

Also of interest: a conference on second-language writing at Tamkang University
Call for Papers—Building Bridges: Second Language Writing Across Contexts

We invite contributions for an edited collection, Building Bridges: Second Language Writing Across Contexts, which attempts to close existing gaps in international conversations among second language writing scholars in elementary and secondary schools, two-year colleges, post-secondary institutions, and community programs. Much current scholarship on second language writing comes out of post-secondary institutions in the United States. This volume attempts to build bridges between this context and other sites of second language writing research, theory, and pedagogy.

We anticipate contributions to five major sections:

  • Exploring Boundaries: Disciplinary Realms for Second Language Writing
  • Understanding Contexts: The Current Status of Second Language Writing
  • Posing Questions: Sites of Inquiry in Second Language Writing
  • Supporting Collaboration: Projects that Cross Contextual Boundaries
  • Identifying Resources: Annotated Bibliographies on Second Language Writing in Context

Contributions might focus on, but are not limited to:

  • The current status of second language writing pedagogies, research, or theories in a specific context
  • Institutional locations of second language writing instruction and research in relation to disciplinary boundaries
  • What second language writing scholars would like to learn from their colleagues working in other contexts
  • Underrepresented sites of second language writing scholarship
  • Questions developing out of teaching or researching second language writing in a specific context
  • Reports of in-progress or completed research that crosses contextual boundaries for second language writing
  • Reports of in-progress or completed projects that reflect collaborations among scholars working in different contexts
  • Suggestions for initiating and supporting collaborations among scholars working in different contexts

All contributions should be accessible to readers who are new to the field of second language writing or who primarily work in a related field. Given the volume’s focus on contexts, authors also should include descriptions of their own institutional contexts.

We request that submissions not exceed 20 manuscript pages (including a list of references, tables and figures, and appendices). Please follow the manuscript preparation guidelines outlined in the 5th edition of the APA Manual. We plan to send each manuscript out for external review to help us assess its quality and to generate feedback for revision.

Please send submissions to Jessie Moore Kapper (—as Microsoft Word (.doc) or rich text format (.rtf) files—by June 30, 2006. Any questions also should be directed to

Jessie Moore Kapper, Elon University, and Elizabeth Patton, Purdue University

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