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Language Learning in Higher Education

Journal of the European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education (CercleS)

Editor In Chief: Liliana Szczuka-Dorna and Breffni O’Rourke
  • Journal of the prestigious European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education
  • Dedicated to disseminating the best results of research activities carried out at language centres and higher education departments
  • All articles subjected to double-blind peer review process

Language Learning in Higher Education deals with the most relevant aspects of language acquisition at university. The CercleS journal presents the outcomes of research on language teaching, blended learning and autonomous learning, language assessment as well as aspects of professional development, quality assurance and university language policy. Its aim is to increase the quality of language teaching and learning programmes offered by university language centers and other providers in higher education by presenting new models and by disseminating the best results of research activities carried out at language centers and in other higher education departments.

Please see the current Call for Papers: Language learning for and with refugees in higher education

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Typescripts may be submitted at any time, preferably as e-mail attachments, to the editors-in-chief, Liliana Szczuka-Dorna and Breffni O'Rourke .

All submissions that the editors-in-chief judge worthy of serious consideration will be peer-reviewed.

Articles should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words, including references but excluding tables, figures and appendices. They should be presented as follows:

1. Name of author(s)
2. Title of article
3. Abstract (200-250 words)
4. Key words (between 5 and 7)
5. Name of author(s) followed by institutional affiliation(s) and e-mail address(es)
6. Text of article
7. Notes (if any)
8. References
9. Appendices

Please observe the following conventions:

- Margins: 2.5 cm
- Font: Times New Roman 12pt
- Paragraph spacing: 1.5 lines
- No space after paragraphs
- Except for the first paragraph in a section, indent the first line of each paragraph by pressing the tab key once
- Tables and figures should be inserted in sequence at the end of your text file. - Indicate roughly where each table/figure should occur by inserting in your text: [Please insert Table/Figure X here]
- Notes should be used sparingly
- Figures, screenshots, etc. should be submitted as high-resolution images
- References, both in the running text and in the list at the end of the article, should be presented strictly according to the De Gruyter Mouton style sheet.

Submissions that fail to observe these conventions will not be considered for publication.

Hybrid Open Access

For complete details on hybrid open access publishing at De Gruyter please see: https://www.degruyter.com/page/560

Effective 1st January 2016, authors from an institution affiliated with either the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries or some UK libraries participating in the Jisc Collections SMP may publish primary research and review articles open access in any of De Gruyter’s OnlineOpen journals at a discount of 90% of the APC price. For more information and to confirm whether your institution is eligible please see the following:

The Netherlands: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1461
The UK: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1462
Switzerland:  https://www.degruyter.com/page/1463


Breffni O'Rourke
Trinity College Dublin
e-mail: breffni.orourke@tcd.ie

Liliana Szczuka-Dorna
Poznan University of Technology, Poland
e-mail: liliana.szczuka-dorna@put.poznan.pl

Assistant Editors

Fiona Dalziel
Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy

Carmen Argondizzo
Università della Calabria

Annick Rivens Mompean
Université de Lille, France

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