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 15 March, 2022. The submission pages can be found here. If your paper has already been accepted in 2020, you will need to resubmit it again given the elapsed period of time.

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. You can also view details of the new Smart CALL book 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 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

Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Waseda University was founded by Shigenobu Okuma on October 21, 1882. The first prime minister of Japan, Okuma wished that the students of Waseda be altruistic and help others in need, saying, “Be ambitious to contribute to the world without regard to the benefits yourself, family, or your country.” Waseda University’s culture and traditions have evolved over more than a century, but its founding principles remain firm, and the Waseda spirit lives in the hearts of over 500,000 alumni.

Located in central Tokyo, Waseda University offers more than 2,400 English courses, and over 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs that can be earned entirely in English, making it the top English-based degree provider in Japan. There is currently plan to increase the numbers to 64 English-based degrees and 4,100 English-based courses over the next few years. Moreover, at least 50% of the academic staff are either foreign nationals or graduates of overseas universities. Initiatives are also being carried out at present to escalate the proportion to 75% in the upcoming years.