Call for Papers: Action Research in EAP/ESP in Higher Education (Journal of English for Academic Purposes)

In this special issue, we invite colleagues who conduct action research in their teaching context, be it EAP or ESP, to showcase their work through papers that are strongly grounded in action research theoretical perspectives, draw on the literature on action research and other research relevant to the research topic, and show how the research feeds into the improvement of their and their institution’s courses or programs. Through this special issue, we would like to demonstrate the many possibilities for action research in EAP/ESP courses and highlight the importance of action research in enhancing teaching and learning in EAP/ESP classes at the tertiary level. Moreover, we invite colleagues to share detailed explanation of their action research to the extent that the research design and implications can be employed by others working in comparable situations. As such, this special issue will also serve as a resource, and perhaps a source of inspiration as well, for those who would like to seek a way to improve their own teaching and their students’ learning by conducting action research. 

Call for Abstracts

As the first stage of submission, a 600-word abstract is invited to this special issue. This abstract should give clear indication of the action research theoretical underpinnings, the context, research issue(s), methods used, and outcome(s) of the action research taken. It should not have been previously published in English or any other language. During the preparation of this abstract, colleagues should observe the Journal’s aims and scope for alignment with the journal’s general direction.

Accompanying this abstract is a separate file that includes each author’s name, affiliation, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and a 50-word biographical statement. In the case of multiple authors, please list the authors in the order of authorship and indicate the corresponding author. The due date for abstracts is March 31, 2023. Please submit the abstracts to the managing guest editor at

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