September 15, 2011

NCELA Call for Papers: Young English Learners

NCELA Call for Papers: Young English Learners

AccELLerate! is the quarterly review of the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition, covering issues of interest to stakeholders in the education of English learners.

NCELA invites contributions to the winter 2012 special theme issue that deals with young children (0-6 years) from non-English-speaking or bilingual backgrounds. They seek papers that explore

aspects of young ELs’ social-emotional development, language development, and emergent literacy, numeracy, and other academic skills;
conceptual frameworks, curricular and instructional strategies and supports, including parental involvement and family literacy, that promote language learning;
linguistically, culturally, and age appropriate assessment instruments and practices; and
professional development and training for educators.

NCELA also welcomes papers that examine pre-K and kindergarten initiatives and discuss program implementation, quality standards, and the efficacy of early childhood interventions.

Submissions may be theoretically and empirically based or address more general issues of policy, practice, and program development and evaluation. Preference is given to manuscripts that are well-prepared, well-organized, and well-written. We always welcome contributions from teachers who work with this population.

Three categories of papers are published in the review. Full-length articles (approximately 1,000 words including all references, tables, and figures) should provide objective synthesis and interpretation of a subject of importance to the field or report original research. Success Stories (around 500 words) describe successful projects and programs or provide brief reports of new observations, concepts, or methodologies. Teachers’ Gems of Wisdom (around 250 words) share professional insights and best practices in teaching ELs. Papers that have been published or are under consideration for publication elsewhere in an accessible, retrievable form are not acceptable for submission to the review on grounds of prior publication. However, summaries of previously published work may be submitted.

To submit an article
All submissions should include complete contact information (phone number and email) for the primary author and a short biography with the name, title, and affiliation of each author.
All articles will be reviewed carefully; NCELA may request revisions by the author(s) and/or may make needed revisions. A submission does not guarantee publication; revising an article does not guarantee publication.
Submissions must be received by October 25, 2011.
Complete submissions should be sent to Natalia Romanova, quarterly review coordinator, at romanova at gwu dot edu
All authors will be notified of the publication status of their articles by January 10, 2012.

Manuscript preparation guidelines
The acceptable format for manuscript submission is MSWord. For writing and editorial style, authors must follow guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2009), except that, in order to improve the readability of the publication, references should be cited in the text in bracketed numbers, with references following each article in the same numerical order; other notes should be indicated by consecutively numbered superscripts. Go to

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