March 2019

The CALL- IS Newsletter, on CALL, encourages submission of many types of articles related to CALL: software, website or book reviews, announcements, reports on conferences, presentations or webcasts that you might have participated in. If you have suggestions, ideas, and/ or questions, send them to Suzanne Bardasz or Larry Udry.


Articles should

  1. Have the title in ALL CAPS.

  2. List a byline: author’s name with hyperlinked email, affiliation, city, country, & an author photo. (in that order).

  3. Include a 2-3 sentence (or less) teaser for the Newsletter Homepage.

  4. Be no longer than 1,750 words (includes bylines, teasers, main text, tables, and author bios). Articles longer than 1,750 can be included, but will not be copyedited.

  5. Contain no more than five citations.

  6. Have a 2- to 3-sentence author biography at the end of the article.

  7. Follow the style guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition (APA style).

  8. Be in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt format.

All figures, graphs, and other images should be sent in separate jpg files.

  1. If the author includes a photo, it must be:
    • A head and shoulder shot

    • A jpg

    • Width = 90px, height = 120px

    • Clear, clean, professional, appropriate to the article

    • Preferably including the person's name who took the shot.

  1. Have hyperlinks that have meaningful urls.

  2. Accurately and completely credit sources, including students. Do not take online content (including photos) from other websites without attribution. Contact me for the permission forms.

  3.  Get written permission for borrowed material (including photos) and send the signed permissions forms. Contact me for the permission forms.

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According to Michelle Kim, TESOL’s Professional Learning Coordinator,

Book reviews should be commentary/critical, not merely summary, and must include elements such as assessment of the writing, the content, the research/evidence provided, the book's usefulness, etc. The summary portion should, really, make up less than half of the text. Here's a great article on academic book reviews from USC: "Writing Academic Book Reviews." Additionally, here's a good basic academic book review outline from the UNC Writing Center:

  • First, a review gives the reader a concise summary of the content. This includes a relevant description of the topic as well as its overall perspective, argument, or purpose.

  • Second, and more importantly, a review offers a critical assessment of the content. This involves your reactions to the work under review: what strikes you as noteworthy, whether or not it was effective or persuasive, and how it enhanced your understanding of the issues at hand.

  • Finally, in addition to analyzing the work, a review often suggests whether or not the audience would appreciate it.