We are very sorry to inform you that due to the ongoing COVID pandemic and the specific nature of our conference, we have decided to postpone our 21st International CALL Research Conference in Tokyo to 8-10 July, 2022. Accepted authors and prospective participants will be informed in due course about the new submission, evaluation and registration modalities. In the meantime, we wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2021!


You are cordially invited to attend the 21st International CALL Research Conference, which will be hosted by Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan on July 8-10, 2022.

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 31 January, 2022. 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.

Call for papers closes in
59 days 10 hrs 07 mins 04 secs


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 8

  • Registration
  • Campus Tour
  • Welcome Reception

July 9

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Keynote 1
  • Parallel Sessions
  • Conference Dinner

July 10

  • Keynote 2
  • Parallel Sessions
  • Awards
  • Closing Ceremony