After several months of hard work with a team of truly dedicated people (check out the contact page to meet them all), we are proud to unveil the first issue of the Foreign Language Technology Magazine. You may wonder why we decided to add this rather ambitious project to our (long) list of things to do. That would be a fair question. The field of language technology is booming and we have talented people doing amazing things all over the world. While we have excellent publishing venues in the CALICO and IALLT journals for example, we felt that there was a need for a more practice-oriented publication that would offer information about what language technologists and language centers at the K-20 level are up to these days. Conferences offer great opportunities to network and brainstorm, but for lack of funding, not all of us get a chance to be a part of this conversation. So, we thought of a magazine, something a bit more casual in its tone and practical in its content than its scholarly counterparts, while still rigorous in the quality of the information it offers.
As you can see, we have a blog section where we’ll invite practitioners to discuss current trends in the field of language technology; we have articles, interviews, book and technology reviews. At this point, we have to admit that the initiative is a bit Colorado-centric but we welcome anybody willing to help us review the submissions, manage our social media presence, do copy editing, be a sponsor liaison (sell ad space on the site) and take on whatever responsibility they would like. Just email us if you want the job… there is no pay, but a lot of glory (maybe).
Thank you for reading us. We’re looking forward to the conversations this magazine will bring about! Make sure to subscribe to our feed so you don’t miss anything or bookmark our page (http://fltmag.com).