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ETAS Journal Spring 2019: Call for Articles

Special Supplement: Current Trends in Teaching Vocabulary

ETAS Journal invites submissions to its Spring 2019 Special Supplement on Current Trends in Teaching Vocabulary

Twenty years on from the Lexical Approach, how is vocabulary being taught nowadays? In this Supplement, we are looking for varied perspectives, experiences, and best practices related to current trends in the teaching of vocabulary.

Topics should address one of the following issues relevant to the theme of this Supplement.

  • How do course books writers present vocabulary in their materials?
  • Do learners still keep vocabulary books and learn lists of words?
  • What does it mean to 'know' a word or phrase?
  • Which vocabulary items should learners prioritise and how do they decide this?
  • How do examining boards decide on which vocabulary items are relevant to each ALTE level?
  • What strategies are your learners implementing to expand their vocabulary?
  • What digital or non-digital tools are your learners using to help build their vocabulary?
  • What effect has new technology, especially in the form of Apps, had on the way learners learn vocabulary items?
  • What is working in your classroom and what isn't? Are you using top-down or bottom-up approaches to teaching vocabulary, or a combination or the two, and why?

Submissions should be in one of these formats:

Full-length articles: Articles in this category advance conceptual, research-based, or theoretical arguments that bridge theory and practice in teaching vocabulary. Articles must be fully grounded in current literature and should not exceed 2,500 words, including references.

Best practices and teacher reflections: Articles in this category feature descriptions of teaching techniques or activities, teaching methods, best practices, professional development, and other useful information. Articles should specify audience, materials, procedures, and teacher reflections on procedures. Hands-on worksheets relevant to current trends in teaching vocabulary would be welcomed by our readers. Submissions to this section should not exceed 2,000 words, including references.

Specific requirements on content: Articles must

  • include a brief, 50-word abstract
  • not include ‘commercial’ text selling, promoting, or endorsing products or services
  • be written as a MS Word document and sent as email attachment, including short biographical information about the author and mailing address
  • Specific requirements on format: Articles must
  • be printed across A4 pages upright and left justified, as Word document in a black, 12-point font such as Times New Roman or Arial
  • not be in columns, indented, or framed
  • have no hyphenated words at the line end
  • include only tables and diagrams formatted in Word (other illustrative material should be sent separately by mail and be black on white)
  • not contain headers or footers

Specific requirements on references

  • For the references, use APA 6th Edition Reference Style Guide. Sample formats for both in-text citations and references are available online at or check any recent editions of ETAS Journal
  • For notes within the text, use the APA 6th Edition Reference Style in-text citations format (author-publication, date-page number), not footnotes or endnotes
  • Sources used as in-text citations should be included in the Reference List
  • Sources included in the Reference List must match those that have been cited in-text.

Please send your submission as a Word document by email attachment by 30th September 2018 to the Editor of the Special Supplement. Please include a very brief abstract, a short biodata, a recent photo, and a mailing address. Contributors will receive one complimentary copy of the ETAS Journal.

For any queries, please contact the Special Supplement Editors.  We would love to hear from you!

Helena Lustenberger (

Hannah McCulloch (