Articles: Authors Guidelines

STYLE

The FLTMAG now follows the APA style (6th edition)

LENGTH

About 2000 words for articles and up to 4000 words for feature articles. We’re flexible on the length but we prefer efficient articles that get to the point quickly.

TOPICS

The magazine welcomes practical articles and opinion pieces on a wide variety of topics related to language technology. The following list is non-exhaustive but will give you an idea of what we’re looking for:

  • Uses of new technologies or novel ways to use existing tools;
  • Online or hybrid language teaching and learning;
  • Language center design, facility, equipment;
  • Policy;
  • Emerging trends in the field;   
  • Professional development;
  • CMS
  • Digital Storytelling
  • ADA compliance
  • Etc. You are welcome to contact us with an idea or an article in draft format. Our reviewers will give you some feedback (not a guarantee of acceptance).

 

RESOURCES/ADDENDA

Be generous and share your resources! A major goal of the FLTMAG is to inspire other teachers to try out technology projects in their classes. It’s a lot easier for them to do so if you share not only your experiences (both good and bad), but also if you share your handouts, and any other materials you have developed. Additionally, make sure to includes links whenever possible.

ORIGINAL CONTENT ONLY

The magazine only publishes original content. Every submission is checked for originality.

TONE

FLTMAG articles are less formal than academic publication. The structure is also different from the structure of research papers. We’re not looking for extensive lit reviews and we’d rather authors do away with extensive citations.

We are looking for articles written in a conversational style. We like to hear the author’s voice; we encourage you to write in the first person. Humor is welcome, and direct quotes are important. We want to hear what your students said about the projects, and of course your own reflections on it.

 

Note: If you are repurposing an academic article that was not accepted for publication elsewhere, we will ask you to significantly edit your article to fit the tone and audience of the FLTMAG.

RIGOR

If you’re presenting findings from data you collected, you will be held to same standards as research articles with regards to research rigor (data collection, interpretation of results, etc.) and Institutional Research Review Board (IRB) approval.

PICTURES AND OTHER MEDIA

  • A picture is worth a thousand words, so get permission (ask your subjects to sign a release form) and take the time to snap a few pictures of your students at work. It will make your article come to life!
  • We also welcome high quality, short video clips when relevant.
  • Include screenshots when relevant!
  • All pictures need to be captioned.

 

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