Language Learning & Technology, edited by Professor Dorothy Chun, has been named one of the top journals in education, according to Thomson Reuters’s Journal Citation Reports. Chun is a Professor in the Department of Education at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School.
The article found Language Learning & Technology to be the 14th ranked journal in the field of education in terms of impact factor. The article explains, “The impact factor is simply one measure of a journal’s influence (there are many others). It is a weighted measure – of citations per paper – and as such it is an attempt to compare journals of the same subject area that publish different numbers of papers each year. Journals producing many articles would typical attract more citations than those publishing comparatively fewer articles. The impact factor is calculated as citations in year 3 to a journal’s contents in years 1 and 2, divided by the number of regular articles and reviews published in years 1 and 2. As such, this is a relatively short-term measure of journal influence. In a field such as education, articles tend to receive citations many years after their publication, and the peak citation rate may be 5 years or more after an article appears. For this reason, the above ranking should be interpreted as ‘early returns’ on the current status of professional journals in education.”
Language Learning & Technology is a fully refereed journal that began publication in July 1997. The journal seeks to disseminate research to foreign and second language educators in the US and around the world on issues related to technology and second language education. With an editorial board of scholars in the fields of second language acquisition and computer-assisted language learning, the focus of the publication is not technology per se, but rather issues related to language learning and language teaching, and how they are affected or enhanced by the use of technologies. Language Learning & Technology is sponsored and funded by the University of Hawai’i National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) and the Michigan State University Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR), and is co-sponsored by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL).
Prior to joining the Gevirtz School full-time, Dorothy Chun had been a professor of German and Applied Linguistics in the Department of Germanic, Slavic, and Semitic Studies, which she joined in 1992. In addition to editing LL&T, she is currently director of the Ph.D. Emphasis in Applied Linguistics at UC Santa Barbara. Her areas of research involve second language acquisition (L2 phonology and intonation, L2 reading and vocabulary acquisition). She has conducted studies on the cognitive processes during learning with multimedia and has developed CD-ROMs and websites for language acquisition.
Chun is the author of the book Discourse Intonation in L2: From Theory and Research to Practice (John Benjamins, 2002) and over twenty articles and twenty book chapters. In addition to her teaching and research, Chun has served UC Santa Barbara in a number of administrative capacities. She has served as the interim director of the Spanish and Portuguese Language Programs, as the Acting Chair of the Department of Germanic, Slavic, and Semitic Studies, as the acting campus director for the Education Abroad Program, and the acting associate vice chancellor for Academic Programs.
[Dorothy Chun is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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