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The XXIst International CALL
Research Conference

July 3-5, 2020

Notification of Postponement

Our XXIst International CALL Research Conference has been postponed to 2-4 July 2021 due to the current situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus. We will launch a new call for proposals in the Fall. All accepted abstracts remain accepted and all authors will be informed.


You are cordially invited to attend the 21st International CALL Research Conference, which will be hosted by Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan on July 3-5, 2020.


The theme of the conference will be Smart CALL. We define “Smart” as possessing three qualities: personalization, contextualization and socialization.


Personalization is the extent to which technologies and learning environments are adapted to the specific profile of the language learner. Contextualization is how technologies and learning environments can be adjusted to the specific context of the learner. Socialization is the way in which technologies and learning environments afford meaningful interaction amongst learners, co-learners, teachers and researchers.

Contributions are invited based on your planned, ongoing or finished research, accompanied by an explanation of which aspects of your work can be called ”smart”. In line with our conference theme, our keynote speaker Mat Schulze will provide an overview of Intelligent CALL and what it tells us for future developments in the field. Detailed information about the theme is available here.

The deadline for abstracts is 3 February, 2020. The call for papers for the conference can be found here.


The International CALL Research Conferences aim to:


- promote CALL as a transdisciplinary endeavor and thereby contribute to the elaboration and dissemination of CALL theory.

- stimulate the CALL community worldwide, especially (post)graduate students.

- inspire language education in diverse contexts.

- build bridges between cultures.

- support colleagues in challenging political contexts.

More information about the concept of the conference can be found here.


Mat Schulze

San Diego State University

Mat Schulze is a professor of German (Applied Linguistics) and has worked at universities in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the US. He serves as the director of the Language Acquisition Resource Center at San Diego State University, which runs a number of federally funded teacher development and language-and-culture training projects. His research interests are in Tutorial CALL, including the smart application of artificial intelligence techniques, and online language education.

Nobue Tanaka-Ellis

Tokai University

Nobue Tanaka-Ellis is an associate professor in Applied Linguistics at the International Education Center, Tokai University in Japan. She holds a PhD in Computer-Assisted Language Learning/Applied Linguistics from the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include learning environment with technology, CLIL, intercultural communication, and global leadership education. She regularly presents and publishes internationally in CALL and Applied Linguistics, and is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of The JALT CALL Journal.



July 3

- Registration
- Campus Tour
- Welcome Reception

July 4

- Opening Ceremony
- Keynote 1
- Parallel Sessions

- Conference Dinner

July 5

- Keynote 2
- Parallel Sessions

- Awards

- Closing Ceremony




1-6-1 Nishiwaseda Shinjuku-ku

Tokyo Japan

Waseda University was founded as Tokyo College on October 21, 1882 and formally renamed Waseda University upon acquiring university designation in 1902. The University was established with a focus on educating the common people, and Fostering of Good Citizens is one of the three founding principles. In today’s context of globalization, it also means Good Global Citizenship. The founding principles and the Waseda Spirit which has grown from them are the legacy and the culture which it embraces.

There are currently nearly 50,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Waseda University, including approximately 8,000 international students. Waseda has 599 partnership institutions in 88 countries, and has come to be known as one of the most prestigious universities in both Japan and across Asia.


General organization and theme:

Jozef Colpaert (


Submission and review process, conference programme:
Ann Aerts (


Registration and local information:

Waseda University (

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