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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Xiangying Jiang is RFL's new Reviews Editor. Dr. Jiang is an associate professor of TESOL in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at West Virginia University. She teaches graduate-level courses in Research Methods, Language Assessment, SLA Theory, Introduction to CALL, and Second Language Literacy. She does research in the area of second language reading and literacy, including topics on comprehension strategies, discourse structure, reading fluency, vocabulary, and the influence of first language literacy on second language literacy development. Dr. Jiang received her PhD in Applied Linguistics from Northern Arizona University in 2007​.

Call for Papers for Special Issue

The October 2016 issue of Reading in a Foreign Language will be a special issue with one theme:

Celebrating Linguistically Diverse Learners of St. Louis:
Responsive Research and Practice for Literacy

Edited by our new co-Editor of RFL, Cindy Brantmeier
As communities across the world continue to struggle with how best to support positive educational outcomes for all students, it is important to focus on the critical fundamentals of reading and writing for learners of all backgrounds. This special issue is dedicated to the linguistically diverse learners of the St. Louis region.

Papers may cover, but are not limited to, any of the following general and specific topics of reading and writing. Local, national, and international collaborations between university researchers and educational leaders and practitioners are strongly encouraged.  Submissions may include evidence based research, commentaries, informed practices, and/or directions for future research.

  1. Theoretical issues

  2. Testing and assessment

  3. Course design and methods

  4. Reading strategies

  5. Teacher education

  6. Language policies in education

  7. Innovative programs and practices

  8. Letter-sound correspondence with early readers

  9. L1 readers of non-alphabetic orthography and L2 English

  10. Students’ home language practices

  11. First generation college students, access and literacy

  12. Cultural literacy

  13. Social, economic, cultural and political factors that impact literacy

  14. Culturally and linguistically responsive leadership and instruction


Questions, proposals and submissions should be directed to Cindy Brantmeier at All submissions must be received by Professor Brantmeier no later than April 15, 2016.

Reading in a Foreign Language, is a leading scholarly international and fully refereed journal with an acceptance rate of only 10%.  Because of institutional financial support, this journal is free and online so that readers across the world can have access to it. It is supported by the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC), the University of Hawai‘i College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature, and the University of Hawai‘i Department of Second Language Studies

Contributors are encouraged to read RFL’s submission guidelines for information on submission policy. All submissions will be treated alike and after passing internal review will be sent out for blind peer review from two to three experts in the field.  



NFLRC Celebrates 25 Years

When the U.S. Department of Educationʻs Title VI Language Resource Centers (LRC) Program began, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) was one of its first recipients, establishing the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) in 1990. It is now the oldest LRC in existence and is pleased to be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Throughout its history, the NFLRC’s main goal has been to expand the nation’s capacity to teach and learn foreign languages effectively, drawing on UHM’s strengths in instructional technology, applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and language teaching. NFLRC projects, materials, professional development events, and research focus primarily on the less commonly taught languages of East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific, but they bear relevance to the learning and teaching of all languages.

As part of its accomplishments, the NFLRC has established three well-regarded online refereed journals (Language Learning & Technology, Reading in a Foreign Language, and Language Documentation & Conservation) and an active publications division which has produced numerous pivotal research monographs in the field of applied linguistics and a multitude of free materials. The NFLRC has also offered popular summer institutes and organized and hosted many international conferences (the biennial International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation, PacSLRF, SLRF, Pragmatics & Language Learning, and more). Current projects focus on developing and researching curricula and resources for project-based language learning (PBLL), best methods in online language teaching, and the organization of several professional development institutes and national and international conferences.

Check out the NFLRC website for our latest, exciting endeavors and thank you again to all our fans for all your support!

Language Learning and Technology

We would like to invite you to check out RFL's sister journal, Language Learning & Technology, which seeks to disseminate research to foreign and second language educators in the US and around the world on issues related to technology and language education. LLT is currently published three times per year (January, May, September). LLT is available free of charge to all readers and subscribers. Both RFL and LLT are sponsored by the NFLRC at the University of Hawai‘i.

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