Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Cultivating Literacy in Diverse and Multilingual Classrooms


Georgios Neokleous, Norwegian University of Science and Technology – Trondheim, Norway
Anna Krulatz, Norwegian University of Science and Technology – Trondheim, Norway
Raichle Farrelly, St Michael’s College – Colchester, VT, USA

Editorial Advisory Board
Ion Drew, Professor, University of Stavanger – Stavanger, Norway
Patsy Egan, LESSLA President, ATLAS Program Director, Hamline University – Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Michele Knobel, Professor, Montclair State University – New Jersey, USA
Heather Lotherington, Professor, York University – Toronto, Canada
Fernadna Minuz, Independent Researcher – Italy
Randi Solheim, Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology – Trondheim, Norway
Martha Young-Scholten, Professor, Newcastle University – Newcastle, UK


Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: April 25, 2019
Full Chapters Due: August 23, 2019
Submission Date: January 27, 2020


Literacy has traditionally been associated with the linguistic and functional ability to read and write. Today, however, we have moved away from this perception to a more complex and multivalent definition that introduces new literacies that prepare students to reach their full potential in the 21st century (Lankshear & Knobel, 2011). This edited volume will focus on literacy in diverse and multilingual settings in education. Although literacy, as a fundamental issue in education, has received abundant attention in the last few decades, the majority of publications to date have focused on monolingual classrooms. Taking the expanded definition of literacy as an ability of humans to achieve their goals and develop their potential (UNESCO, 2006) as a point of departure, as well as considering the recent shift from the monolingual to multilingual focus in literacy practices (Lankshear & Knobel, 2011; Edwards, 2015), this book will examine approaches to multiliteracy instruction in linguistically and culturally diverse settings.


This book aims to explore the multifaceted nature of literacy development across the lifespan in a range of multilingual contexts. Chapters will be grounded in current research, demonstrating theory-practice connections as demonstrated through innovations in pedagogy, curriculum and materials design, and teacher education. In addition, we hope to offer unique perspectives through a critical reflection on issues related to power, ownership, identity, and the social construction of literacy in multilingual societies. Recognizing that literacy instruction in contemporary language classrooms serving diverse student populations has to go beyond developing reading and writing abilities, this book sets out to explore a wide range of literacy dimensions. The complexity of literacy instruction lies in the need to prepare learners to listen to, read, view, speak, write and create oral, print, visual, and digital texts and to use and modify language for different purposes as well as “to access, understand, analyse and evaluate information, make meaning, express thoughts and emotions, [and] present ideas and opinions” (Australian Curriculum, Assessment, and Reporting Authority, 2016, p. 1). Recent literature highlights the difficulties learners face as literacy demands in the 21st century grow, and further underscores that language teachers are not adequately prepared to respond to the emerging and ever-broadening changes in literacy (Breivik, 2005; Hobbs, 2008; Lankshear & Knobel, 2011). As a resource for use in language teacher preparation programs globally, this book will provide a range of theoretical and practical perspectives, while creating space for pre- and in-service teachers to grapple with the ideas in light of their respective contexts. Language teacher educators have a responsibility to prepare teachers to be culturally responsive and flexible so they can adapt to the range of settings and variety of learners they will encounter in their careers, while also bravely questioning the assumptions they are encountering about multilingual literacy development and instruction.

Target Audience

This book will serve as a textbook or a supplementary course material in Europe, North America, and other multilingual contexts. It is intended for use in pre- and in-service foreign and second language teacher education programs preparing students to work with linguistically and culturally diverse student populations. The target audience includes pre- and in-service teachers, and teacher educators (lecturers, professors, practicum supervisors). The book will also be of interest to foreign language materials/course developers as well as graduate and post-graduate students working on additional language acquisition/multilingualism from linguistic and pedagogical perspectives.

Recommended Topics

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
1) Dimensions of literacy in multilingual contexts
– Types of literacy (pring, multimodal, academic, digital, media, information, critical, cultural, emotional, political, etc.)
– Power – Whose literacy? Whose language? Whose pedagogy?
2) Literacy development across the lifespan in multilingual settings
– Pre-school age children – literacy experiences in the home; the role of siblings and elders
– School-age children – heritage language use, L1 literacy as a bridge to L2 literacy, academic literacy, literacy and identity, multimodal literacy, integrating in-school and out-of-school literacy practices
– Adults – literacy as an instrument for access, equity, inclusion, advancement; emergent readers; L1 literacy as a bridge to L2 literacy; workplace literacy
– Family literacy programs
3) Curricular innovations for multilingual literacy development
– Maintenance and use of heritage and mother tongue languages
– Family literacy programs
– Technology for teaching literacy
– Age appropriate literacy materials (for children, adolescents, adults)
– Culturally responsive literacy curricula and materials
– Student generated texts for literacy development
– New literacies instruction for students with learning differences
– Integrative approaches to assessment – inclusive of multiple languages
4) Socially constructed multilingual literacy for local and global engagement
– Literacy development for activism, civic engagement, empowerment
– Literacy for the people, by the people
– Literacy for local and global connections
– Literacy imperatives for the developing world
5) Teacher education to develop strategies for cultivating “multilingual literacy”
– Unique modules, courses, field placements to foster teachers’ multilingual literacy knowledge, awareness, skills and attitudes
– Reflective teaching approaches toward enhanced multilingual literacy development
– Critical pedagogy in language and literacy teacher education programs
– Local and international literacy research groups and projects

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before April 25, 2019 a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of their proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by May 5, 2019 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by August 23, 2019, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission.

All submitted full chapters are required to contain the followings:
1. 5-7 keywords with definitions.
2. Theoretical background – In this section, contributors will present up-to-date research on the aspect of literacy that is the key focus of their chapter.
3. Practical applications – This section will discuss how the theoretical concepts presented in the first part of the chapter can be applied in the classroom. The contributors will be asked to include one extended example, which will be showcased in a box called Teaching Tips.
4. 2-3 discussion questions – To make the text easy to use in the classroom, each chapter will include reflective questions related to the issues presented in the chapter, which can be used as a prompt for classroom discussions or writing assignments.
5. An annotated bibliography of 3-5 suggested further readings – Each chapter will include a list of recommended further readings with short annotations to enable the readers to select the sources most relevant to them.
6. References.
The authors must follow APA style for in-text citations and references, and titles/subtitles within chapters should not be numbered. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Handbook of Research on Cultivating Literacy in Diverse and Multilingual Classrooms. Chapter authors will receive a 40% discount offer from IGI Global if they wish to purchase the whole Handbook. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process. All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2020.

Important Dates

April 25, 2019: Proposal Submission Deadline

May 5, 2019: Notification of Acceptance
August 23, 2019: Full Chapter Submission
October 21, 2019: Review Results Returned
December 2, 2019: Final Acceptance Notification
December 16, 2019: Final chapter submission


Georgios Neokleous, Norwegian University of Science and Technology,

Anna Krulatz, Norwegian University of Science and Technology,
Raichle Farrelly, St. Michael’s College,