Call for Papers for the Special Issue on the Role of Technology in Language Teaching and Learning amid the crisis generated by the COVID-19 Pandemic


The Covid 19 pandemic has brought several challenges for teachers and learners in general and language teachers and students in particular. The crisis generated by the pandemic has had strong effects on public health and serious effects on education as schools have closed and teachers, students, and other staff have had to work from home. As a consequence of the lockdown measures enforced by different governments to mitigate the effects of the virus, teachers in general, and language teachers in particular, have been forced to adapt their teaching from face-to-face to online environments overnight. This unplanned and rushed move has shown the many aspects that need to be addressed for efficient and productive language teaching. Issues such as connectivity, access to technology, and willingness to use technology, as well as aspects related to designing appropriate activities and technology training, have started to emerge as challenges for language instructors and learners.

In this special issue, we seek to explore the different ways in which language teachers have overcome this challenge, what strategies they have implemented, what learning activities they are finding effective, what technological tools are being used and with what results. This special issue seeks to contribute to our understanding of how language teachers are successfully adapting their teaching practices to the online environment so the community of language teaching practitioners come out of the crisis generated by the pandemic, stronger and more informed. Authors are invited to submit research (empirical and case studies), theoretical, and methodological papers written in English or Spanish for this special issue.

Suggested topics:

  1. The use of educational technology for language teaching in times of Covid. A research perspective
  2. Pre, while, and post effects of the Covid 19 pandemic on language teaching and learning. A look at tools, strategies, task design and assessment.
  3. Teachers skills and readiness to teach languages online or mediated by technology in the new times
  4. Changes required in teacher professional development to adapt to the new times.
  5. Connectivity and other language teaching challenges for different settings and populations in the new times


Proposals should:

  • Be accurate, coherent and concise, and reflect the paper’s content.
  • Detail the main argument and findings of the paper in clear and unambiguous terms and explain why a person should read
  • Not exceed 400 words including keywords and references.
  • Include the title, author(s) names, institution and email
  • If a research study (empirical or case study) make sure to include: a statement of the problem, a research gap, research questions, a description of the setting (city and country, type of institution, level of instruction), the participants, the method (type of study, data collected, analysis), details about the intervention, if any, (type of intervention, purpose, length, etc.), and main findings and implications.
  • Include five key words
  • Include references

Please send all proposals to the journal’s email, with the heading: The role of technology in language teaching and learning.

The proposals will be initially assessed, based on their innovation, applicability, clarity and correctness, appropriateness and alignment of the proposal with the topic of the special issue and originality. Authors of proposals that meet the criteria will be invited to submit full manuscripts through the journal platform. These will then go through a peer review process. Only manuscripts that successfully undergo the review process will be published. Quality of the submission as well as reviewers’ comments are decisive factors on acceptance for publication.

Important dates for this special issue

Papers accepted for publication must comply with all journal publication guidelines. These can be consulted at:



Abstracts submission

By December 1, 2020 to

Notification of acceptance or rejection of proposal

December 20, 2020

Full paper submission through Íkala’s journal system

March 1, 2021

Peer review process

March 2 to May 1, 2021

Authors' corrections and second peer review, if applicable

from May 2 to June 1, 2021

Copyediting and layout

from June 2, 2021 -August 31


September 1, 2021