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TESOL Journal (TJ) is a refereed, practitioner-oriented electronic journal based on current theory and research in the field of TESOL. TJ is a forum for second and foreign language educators at all levels to engage in the ways that research and theorizing can inform, shape, and ground teaching practices and perspectives. Articles enable an active and vibrant professional dialogue about research- and theory-based practices as well as practice-oriented theorizing and research.

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December 2018 Special Issue of TESOL Journal

Creativity in Pre K-12 Classrooms and Contexts
Judy Sharkey and Yuliya Ardasheva, Editors
Deadline for Manuscript Submission: ​November 30, 2017

This special topics issue of TJ is guided by the question: “What is the role of creativity in enhancing students’ learning and/or teachers’ professional development?” We are interested in contributions from pre-K-12 (pre-elementary, middle, and secondary) contexts around the world.

Creativity is conceptualized and enacted in a variety of ways (see Jones, 2015; Jones & Richards, 2016), including but not limited to artistic expression (e.g., drama-based approaches, digital literacies in schools), arts-based approaches to language and language use (e.g.,  multimodality, translanguaging, creative grammar/vocabulary instruction), reclaiming the Arts in the time of an increased focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEAM), and responses to challenging circumstances (e.g., restrictive policies, scripted curriculum, lack of resources). 


Potential topics include

  • creativity in curriculum development and implementation

  • creativity in instructional approaches and implementation

  • creativity in space use (e.g., community and online spaces)

  • creativity across the language domains

  • research approaches and interpretations (including practitioner research)

Please upload your submissions, Research-Based Features, Theory- or Concept-Based Practice Features, Current Issues in TESOL, Classroom Explorations, Materials & Media Reviews, Research Briefs, or Readers Respond (see detailed descriptions on the journal webpage to the TJ online submission system indicating that your submission is for the Special Issue on the relevant submission question and also by selecting Special Issue as the article type. For all submissions, please refer to the Author Guidelines on the TESOL Journal web page.


Manuscript submission deadline: 30 November 2017
Peer reviews sent to authors: 30 January 2018
Revised/Final version of manuscripts submitted to editors: 30 ​April 2018
Issue submitted to publisher: ​30 July 2018
Publication: December 2018