A call for book chapter proposals from the APVEA committee. Thanks to you, who participated in the last two APVEA conferences, we see even more clearly that research into Virtual Exchange (VE), in addition to actual use of VE in the classroom at both undergraduate and graduate school level is ongoing and active in the Asia-Pacific region. APVEA wants to continue to present and publish internationally and locally. To that end we are sending this call for chapters.

We are proposing an edited online book project using https://research-publishing.net/ in which we would like to invite you to contribute your research and/or teaching practice. The working title is “Virtual Exchange in the Asia-Pacific – Research and Practice”. The book’s premise is that VE is of great importance to language and culture teachers and researchers but also is gaining popularity in other fields. However, in this region, the number of exchanges is not yet extensive and their quality could be improved. It is essential that the latest research and best practice can be disseminated to ensure that VE develops further. For this edited volume, various researchers and practitioners will provide firsthand perspectives and well-researched accounts of current situations and areas of development.

For this book proposal, we would like you to consider contributing something by yourself or with colleagues within one (or more) of the following four book sections. Investigations based on empirical evidence are particularly welcome but theoretically-based chapters will also be considered in addition to best-classroom-practice chapters.

SECTION 1 – Research on Virtual Exchange (VE). This section will present the research foundations on which VE has been established and is carried out in the Asia-Pacific context.

SECTION 2 – Virtual Exchange in the language and intercultural studies classroom This section will present descriptions of school practices and expectations of school administrators and teachers, particularly as this is related to the development of students’ language and / or intercultural development.

SECTION 3 – Virtual exchange in other fields. This section is exploratory and not finalized but we have some indications that VE is being carried out in non-language and culture fields too. If that is the case, information on the extent or types of VE usage will be outlined here. 

SECTION 4 – Aligning nations, values, and practices. This section will look at the road forward for VE in the region and consider how to ensure that VE becomes an integral part of education.

When sending your proposed abstract, please specify the book section in which you are intending to contribute. Please submit a 300-word abstract by 11:59pm Japan time, Saturday, June 15, 2019 to hagley@mmm.muroran-it.ac.jp.

We will then collate these, vet them, and confirm acceptance of fitting proposals. We will then let prospective contributors know the results and ask for first drafts by October 18. We hope to have the online book published in January of 2020 in open-access format. Discussions are underway to also potentially select those chapters that specifically and competently address “VE and intercultural communication” to be compiled in hard-copy book form as a themed volume in the Intercultural Research series edited by the SISU Intercultural Institute and published by SFLEP in Shanghai. 

Thank you for your kind consideration of this publication opportunity toward increasing VE in the region.

On behalf of the editors,

Eric Hagley and Yi'an Wang, Co-chairs of APVEA2019

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