Why Teachers and Language Learners Need to Stay Updated on New Technologies: Hear From Expert Dr. Bin Zou

By Iris Zhi on Dec 11, 2019
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Due to the fast pace of technological changes, innovative teaching approaches and strategies should be developed to successfully integrate new technologies into language teaching. The world’s increasing globalization makes developing new technologies and techniques to bridge communication divides an essential component of modern education. In an effort to continuously provide the latest research in this dynamic field, Dr. Bin Zou, Editor-in-Chief of IGI Global’s International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT), from the Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China, shares how his journal contributes to the field in this IGI Global interview.

What motivates you to conduct research activities in your field of expertise?

When I was a Ph.D. student at the University of Bristol, I showed a special interest in the application of educational technology to foreign language teaching. When I graduated with my Ph.D. in 2008, I realized that there were not many academic journals in the field of technologies in foreign language teaching. With the rapid growth of modern education technology, there were research reports and articles that needed to be published. However, with limited journals at that time, the needs of teachers and researchers from all over the world could not be met. Therefore, I established the IJCALLT with the help of IGI Global. At the same time, I can always be at the forefront of modern technology to promote foreign language teaching research by constantly reading the articles submitted to IJCALLT.

What do you think is the most surprising discovery when conducting research?

Due to the rapid development of modern technology, many of the latest technologies are applied to foreign language teaching in various fields, which greatly widen my horizons, and I hope to apply some of these new technologies to my research and teaching.

As an expert in your field of study, what do you think you have learned so far?

I am constantly updating my research and practices based on the development of modern technology to keep pace with the times.

What are your main expectations for the outcomes of the publication? How are they implemented?

The publication provides opportunities for teachers and researchers, who are devoted to the application of modern technology to foreign language teaching, to publish research and practice. By expanding the influence of IJCALLT, such as publishing special issues at some internationally important conferences, it has been indexed by more authorities, such as Web of Science? Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) and Scopus?.

What are the main challenges of conducting research?

The main challenge is keeping up with the development of new technologies. The challenge of self-learning is very huge. If I become lazy, I will lag behind the development of new technologies.

What are the benefits of your research for the community?

This research lets more teachers and researchers understand the development of new technologies and hands-on research experiences, so that it can benefit more foreign language teachers and foreign language learners.

Why are your respective areas of research important to the field at large?

The application of modern technology to foreign language teaching has become an important branch of linguistics and educational research and has contributed positively to a wide range of research on linguistics and education.

How do you feel your publication sets the pace for these technology innovations?

My main research area is on how to apply new technology to foreign language teaching. I am devoted to establishing a bridge between technical staff and foreign language teachers to make new technologies more integrated with foreign language teaching and make it easier for foreign language teachers to use modern technology to promote teaching. Especially in the past two years, I have had a strong interest in the application of artificial intelligence technology to foreign language teaching. I hope to use artificial intelligence technology to promote foreign language teaching in the future.

What has your experience been like publishing with IGI Global?

IGI Global has supported me a lot. They insisted I create IJCALLT and promoted the continuous growth of the journal. At the same time, the journal's impact was getting bigger and bigger, and it has been indexed by Scopus, ESCI, and others. I hope that it will be indexed by SSCI in the near future and becomes one of the most important academic journals for applying modern technology to foreign language teaching.
IGI Global would like to thank Dr. Zou for sharing his insight on his journal and into new technological advancements in language learning and teaching. Additionally, Dr. Zou’s journal, IJCALLT, is continuously seeking new, innovative content for publication. For individuals interested in submitting a paper to IJCALLT, you can submit your article here.
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由于技術變革的步伐加快,需要發展創新的教學方法和策略,以成功地將新技術融入到語言教學中。隨著世界的日益全球化,開發新的技術和方法來溝通交流成為現代教育的一個重要組成部分。為了不斷地提供這一動態領域的最新研究進展,IGI Global的International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching主編、來自西交利物浦大學的鄒斌博士,在本次訪談中分享了他的研究見解和他的期刊對該領域的貢獻。


我在英國布里斯托大學讀博期間,就對教育技術應用于外語教學情有獨鐘。在2008年博士畢業時發現,現有的教育技術輔助外語教學的學術期刊不多,而現代教育技術發展迅猛,必定會有大量的研究報告和文章需要發表,以當時有限的期刊肯定滿足不了全球各地教師和研究者發表文章的需求,因此,我在IGI Global出版社的大力協助下創辦了IJCALLT期刊。同時通過不斷閱讀IJCALLT的投稿文章,也使自己能夠始終位于現代技術促進外語教學研究的一線。















您在IGI Global的出版經歷如何?

IGI Global出版設給了我很大的支持,協助我創建了IJCALLT,并使IJCALLT不斷成長,影響力也越來越大,不僅是被Scopus和ESCI等多家權威機構檢索,期盼不久的將來被SSCI檢索,成為國際上現代技術應用于外語教學最為重要的學術期刊之一。
IGI Global感謝鄒博士分享了他對其主編期刊以及在語言學習和教學方面新技術進步的見解。此外,鄒博士的雜志《IJCALLT》也在不斷地尋找新的、創新的出版內容。對于有興趣向IJCALLT提交論文的作者,您可以點擊此處提交您的文章。
International Journal of Computer-Assisted Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT)提供紙本及電子期刊兩種模式,可通過IGI Global在線書店獲取,或通過InfoSci?-期刊數據庫訪問,該數據庫由來自185+種學術期刊的25,000篇文章組成,含超過1,000,000條引用。


此外,如果圖書館購買IGI GlobalInfoSci-期刊數據庫,即可受益于IGI Global的開放獲取費用豁免(抵消模式)政策,為其機構提供額外的OA文章處理費(APC)基金。通過這一革新性舉措,IGI Global將以同等價值的基金匹配圖書館的投資,用于補貼OA文章處理費(APC),為該機構的學生、教員和工作人員投稿至任何IGI Global期刊時,對OA文章處理費(APCs)進行補貼。*

您可瀏覽以下IGI Global的InfoSci-期刊數據庫中與教育學相關的期刊,并向您的機構圖書館員推薦如下期刊或訂閱這些資源以訪問該領域的最新研究。

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