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TESOL Communications

TESOL Communications (TC) is a fully peer-reviewed international journal published by Clifford Media International on behalf of the International TESOL Union (ITU). It is the sister journal of ITU's flagship journal International Journal of TESOL Studies. TC publishes both original empirical research and systematic review studies on teaching and learning English as a second and foreign language at all education levels. It is broadly concerned with linguistics applied to education and welcomes contributions in, but not limited to, the following areas:

curriculum design and development, professional preparation and development, English for academic purposes, language and culture, language and society, language testing and assessment, language planning and policy, multilingualism and multilingual education, information technology and language education, critical thinking and language education


TC is an Open Access journal and all published papers are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0. Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles in this journal, or to use them for any other lawful purpose. Authors retain copyrights and full publishing rights without restrictions.


There are no article processing charges or submission charges applicable to authors.

Call for Papers

TC publishes both original empirical research and systematic review studies on teaching and learning English as a second and foreign language at all education levels. It is broadly concerned with linguistics applied to education and publishes a range of article types on the topic of language and education.


Full-length Research Articles (7000-9000 words including abstract and reference)

A carefully designed complete project is reported with quantitative and/or qualitative original data. Articles should also provide implications for language teaching and learning in international contexts. Submissions in this category should generally follow the overall structure of IMRD, namely introduction, literature review, methodology, results, discussions, and conclusion. Within the text, keep tables and figures at a minimum. Please indicate the number of words at submission.


Brief Reports (5000-7000 words including abstract and reference)

This section is designed to present original data from a larger project or work in progress. Apart from length, other requirements are the same as those for Full-length Research Articles. Please indicate the number of words at submission. Longer articles do not appear in this section and should be submitted to the Full-length Research Articles section.


Review Articles (5000-7000 words including abstract and reference)
These articles address practical strategies, techniques, approaches, and methods from a theoretical or conceptual perspective and provide clear and concise analysis, critique, and discussion of chosen topics. They shall include summaries of the key research findings, critical overviews of the area of inquiry, and future research and/or pedagogical directions.


Evidence-Based Teaching Practice (5000-7000 words, including abstract and reference)

TC invites contributions focussing on innovations in classroom practice. The idea is to share and promote good practices in language teaching. Contributions should follow the following guidelines:
a)statement of the teaching context: provide a short introduction to the national, institutional, and classroom context where the innovative practices developed. This could include information about the national/institutional language education policy, the course, learners’ profile, and any other relevant information.
b) rationale for the innovation: what are the practical motivations behind the changes in practice? What problems or issues did they seek to address? How are these changes supported by related theory or research?
c) description of the innovation: Describe the innovation and its effects. Relevant teaching materials or documents can appear in the Appendix. Effects can be supported by observational and experiment data.
d) reflection: Reflect on and critically evaluate the innovation. Specifically discuss what can be learned from the process of development and the innovation, and what can be done differently in the future to improve the innovative practices and/or to overcome any potential or already identified challenges?