Call for Papers

Key Information
  • Conference Dates: Thursday, November 9 to Monday, November 13, 2023
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, June 2, 2023
  • Results of abstract review returned to authors: Friday, July 14, 2023 (expected)
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 2, 2023
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, August 11, 2023
  • Results of abstract review returned to authors: Thursday, August 31, 2023
  • Full conference registration fees due for all presenters: Friday, September 22, 2023

The Chair and members of the WorldCALL Steering Committee are calling for abstract submissions. To present your research at the conference your abstract must first pass a double-blind peer review. Upon payment of registration fees, your attendance at the conference will be confirmed.

The theme of the conference, “CALL in Critical Times” includes the following subthemes:

  • The use of mobile technologies, such as tablets, iPads, smartphones etc., to provide flexibility and access to language learning opportunities.
  • Development and design of applications that cross geographical, physical, psychological and financial boundaries.
  • The use of social networking technologies by language teachers and learners to share expertise, knowledge and information both nationally and internationally.
  • Growing innovation through collaboration across international institutions
  • Growing diverse online communities of language learners/teachers.
  • Working collaboratively to adapt and disseminate innovation favouring use by practitioners separated by geographical location or culture.
  • Developing theoretical frameworks, models, principles, and guidelines for the development of CALL innovation with a view to the longer term.
  • Identifying priorities of particular languages, groups and/or regions, with a view to increasing collaboration and growth.
  • Evolving national and international government priorities that impact upon the overall use of CALL.
  • The use of AI tools (e.g., ChatGPT), and one or more of the following: the design and development of learning materials and tasks; the challenges of AI; implications for teachers and learners in the language class

  • Submission Streams

    Topics for the conference are divided into the following areas:

    – AI Tools and Techniques
    – Augmented Reality
    – Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    – Blogging
    – Collaborative Learning and Telecollaboration/ Virtual Exchange
    – Corpora & Databases
    – Course Management Systems
    – Curriculum development
    – Distance/Online learning
    – Extra-curricular study
    – Gamification
    – Grammar
    – Learner Autonomy
    – Learner Behaviour
    – Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation
    – Low cost devices
    – Machine Learning
    – Mobile Learning and Ubiquitous Technologies
    – Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
    – Open Educational Resources
    – Podcasting
    – Productivity suites
    – Project-Based Learning
    – Reading
    – Social networking
    – Sustainability of resources
    – Task-Based Learning and Teaching
    – Teacher training
    – Testing and Assessment
    – Video
    – Virtual reality / Virtual Worlds
    – Vocabulary and lexicography
    – Websites for language practice
    – Writing
    – Other

    How to Submit Your Abstract

    • ■Before you Begin
      The corresponding author must collect and enter the following information for the abstract submission:
      - Contact data - Correct spelling of first and last name, rank, affiliation, affiliation country
      - Full title for the presentation
      - 300-350 word abstract for review and a 100-150 word summary for the book of abstracts
    • ■To submit, go to IAFOR's online submission system.
    • ■Create your account. Your email address will be used as your username and you will be asked to ​create a password. Please be aware that the information you enter when creating your account will be used for official Letters of Acceptance, Letters of Invitation, and Conference Programmes, so please ensure correct spelling of names, affiliated institutions, and so forth.
    • ■Submit your abstract (maximum 350 words) and summary (maximum 150 words), choosing from the presentation formats listed below.
    • ■Submit well before the submission deadline in order to benefit from Early Bird rates.
    • ■Your abstract will undergo double-blind peer review and the results will be returned to you by the advertised date.
    • ■If your abstract is accepted you will be invited to register for the conference.
    • ■Upon payment of the registration fee, you will receive a confirmation email containing your official receipt.

    Submission Status

    Check on the status of your abstract submission by logging in to the online submission system. The status is displayed in the "Your Submissions" area. Your personal information may be edited at any time.

    If your paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, a notification email will be sent to your registered email address. If you do not receive this email, please contact us at

    Presentation Formats*

    *The Programme Committee reserves the right to accept proposals in a different category or strand.


    Paper Presentation (30 minutes) - Onsite
    This is the standard presentation format. In an oral presentation the presenter delivers their research to their audience verbally, often accompanied by a PowerPoint slideshow. Oral presentations are generally organised by stream into parallel sessions comprising three or four presentations.

    Paper presentations (30-minute presentations) should allow 5 minutes for discussion and 5 minutes for change-over.

    Paper Presentation proposals should indicate the relevant strand (see list below).

  • Research Papers: There should be a clearly stated topic of investigation, supported by a rationale, which may include a brief literature review. It can be empirical or theoretical. The methodology should be outlined as well as the nature of actual or potential findings.
  • Research & Development Papers: Presentation and critical appraisal of development of applications, courses integrating CALL, etc. These should be original and may emphasise practice rather than research. They can also report on projects (e.g., international, national, local).
  • Reflective Practice Papers: Focus on the integration of CALL in the classroom or in distance learning environments. Reflection can take the form of evaluation or action research. These must comprise some elements that are of relevance beyond the context of the practice presented and discussed.
  • CALL for Development Papers: Papers in this strand will focus on CALL in developing countries. Reports on challenges and new developments are particularly welcome.
  • Symposia - Onsite (90 minutes)
    Symposia consist of three or four papers on a similar topic, proposed and organised by a Chair. Sessions should last for 90 minutes, with NO changeover during the symposium. Only one submission is required for the papers that make up the symposium proposal. Individual abstracts must be preceded by the symposium summary, which should include an overview of the topic, the rationale for the choice of papers, and other relevant information.
    Technology Showcase - Onsite(30 minutes)
    Participants who are developing courseware, authorware and online applications are invited to submit a proposal to showcase their work in a relaxed atmosphere conducive to informal exchanges and discussion. Presenters may also submit a proposal for a paper, which elaborates on the material presented at the Technology Showcase (including evaluation findings, design principles and so on).
    Poster Presentation - Onsite
    A poster presentation provides a relaxed presentation atmosphere in which the presenter uses a poster pinned to a poster board (1800mm high by 900mm wide) to illustrate their research. As standing displays are designed to draw attention to a project or area of work, a poster will usually focus on work in progress, though preliminary research or evaluation results should be presented. Posters should be succinct and to the point, easy to read and attractively designed. Applications from postgraduate students are particularly welcome.


    Live-Stream Presentation (25 minutes) - Online
    Presenters are also invited to submit proposals for Paper Presentations (as described above) to be presented online, via Zoom on Monday, November 13. Present. Live-stream presentations give speakers the opportunity to avoid expenses and time required to travel, reduce their carbon footprint, and share ideas online. In a Live-Stream Presentation the presenter delivers their research to their audience verbally, often accompanied by a PowerPoint slideshow. Live-Stream Presentations are generally organised by stream into parallel sessions comprising three or four presentations.


    Virtual Presentation
    Two presentation options are available:
    1) Online Virtual Presentation – Present via a pre-recorded video.
    2) Virtual Poster Presentation – Submit a poster and optionally present your poster with a 3-minute introductory video.

    Virtual presentations afford authors the opportunity to present their research to IAFOR’s far-reaching and international online audience, without time restrictions, distractions or the need to travel. Presenters are invited to create a video of their presentation, which is then uploaded to the official IAFOR Vimeo channel and remains online indefinitely. This is a valuable and impactful way of presenting in its own right, but also an alternative means for those delegates who may be unable to travel to the conference due to financial or political restrictions. The same publishing opportunities apply to virtual presenters, with final papers being included in the Conference Proceedings.

    • Following the conference, virtual presenters will be mailed a conference pack, including an official payment receipt, certificate of participation and a printed copy of the Conference Programme.
    • The Vimeo channel will be referenced on all conference materials.
    • There is no limit to length or style but certain restrictions apply to file size and music selection. Guidelines and further information on creating the video will be sent following registration.
    • Please note that video presentations are to be created by the author.

    Conference Proceedings

    All of the above presentation modalities are entitled to submit short papers to the Conference Proceedings. These will be published after the conference takes place.

    Scheduling Requests

    Because of the complexity of putting the Conference Programme together and the large numbers of participants involved, it is not usually possible to accommodate requests for specific presentation days or times. We ask that you reserve requests for religious reasons or other exceptional and unavoidable circumstances. We encourage participants to attend the conference each day in order to benefit fully from the experience. Scheduling requests will not be accepted after the registration deadline.