Call for Papers/Contributions

Journal of NELTA

Vol. 23, Issue 1, 2017

Call for Papers/Contributions

First published in 1996, the Journal NELTA is a premiere publication of Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association (NELTA). The journal, an integral part of NELTA’s mission of enhancing the quality of English language teaching and learning through professional networking, supporting ELT practitioners and collaborating with ELE institutions and organisations, is a means of achieving NELTA’s goal of providing a ‘forum for exchanges of ideas and experiences at national, regional and international levels’. 

The Editorial Board invites contributions for the 2017 issue of the Journal. Contributions relating to any aspects of ELT theory and practice may be submitted for considerations.  We particularly welcome contributions that add to the contemporary discourses on ELT practices. Contributions that deal with ELT theories and methods will serve the professional community only to the extent that they are situated in the authors' own practices and/or in the contemporary educational and social contexts. Therefore, contributions should be relevant to and situated in the local, national and/or regional contexts.  The objective of this volume is to gather the voices of teachers, scholars, and educationists who are best able to define and advance the conversation and practice of ELT. 

Contributions on any aspect of the ELT theory and practice, including but not limited to the following, may be submitted for consideration:

  • ELT theory: works that discuss or interpret ELT theory critically from local/regional perspectives,
  • Innovative practice: works that describe and explore how authors have developed or adapted any innovative methods or practices in ELT
  • Establishing a context of practice: works that raise new issues of ELT that deserve the attention of the professional community, government, or society, (e.g. : 'Reconceptualizing Teacher Education in Nepal')
  • Success story: scholarly articles that narrate and reflect on successful implementation of ELT theory, method, or practice,
  • Any other ELT subjects that you deem relevant to ELT professional community. 

Contributions may be submitted under one of the following genres or types

Full Length Articles/Reports:

  • Empirical studies: articles based on the field work on issues of ELT, language education, teacher development or training, language testing and other relevant issues of language teaching. Because local practices have been relatively little researched outside the university context, scholarship that represents this area will get high priority for the publication.
  • Knowledge-based perspectives: articles that articulate a comprehensive and critical discussion of innovative ELT concepts.  Such articles must present the author's clear voice on the perspective that is of interest to the readers in Nepal.
  • Action research and teacher reflections: articles coming directly out of the classroom teaching or teacher's own reflection of his/her teaching. These can be stories in the form of narrative descriptions or they can follow the typical format of cyclical action research reports.

Practical Pedagogic Ideas:

  • Many teachers look for ideas on a daily/regular basis which they can quickly adapt and put to practice. A short and simple teaching idea which is illustrative and supported with relevant activities and materials can address the need.

A pedagogical idea addresses any element/aspect/skill of the English language. As a micro-level teaching tip, the idea is purposeful and principled in the sense that it addresses a particular teaching objective and is based on or guided by some pedagogic principles.

  • The write up of the idea may be 1500-2000 word long plus references (3-5 refs only) and appendices.
  • Ideas that are useful for teachers in the classroom e.g., tips for teaching particular skills/aspects of language, lesson plans, tasks for teaching poetry, etc. may be submitted under this category. A template may be provided upon request.

Book reviews:

  • Reviews of recently published ELT books that are of professional significance to the readers. Reviews should generally provide a short introduction of the author and the purpose of the book, its descriptive summary, followed by its evaluative comments and its significance to the researchers and practitioners in Nepal. Reviews should not exceed 1,500 words including references.

Submissions must follow the guidelines provided herewith. Manuscripts must be submitted as an email attachment accompanied by a well-written cover letter to the editorial address: Cover letter email will include author's full name, institutional affiliation, title of the paper, and any other pertinent information


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Important Dates

Expression of Interest to submit a contribution                      May 31, 2017

[Interest or intention to submit a contribution is expressed through

sending us an abstract or a note, the type of contribution (full article,

report, etc.), book review or practical pedagogic idea they plan to

submit and a tentative title of their contribution.] 

Manuscript Submission for Peer Review                                August 31, 2017

Reviewers’ report and Editorial recommendation                  October 16, 2017

(on revision/acceptance/rejection)

Final Manuscript Submission                                                  November 15, 2017


All enquiries and communication related to contributions to the Journal of NELTA should be made to:

The Editorial Board

Journal of NELTA