Contributor Guidelines

All contributions to DMLL should fit neatly into one of the following categories:

  • News: For news bulletins related to DMLL, JALT CALL, or other events related to technology and education.
  • Opinion: Reserved for thoughtfully written editorial pieces.
  • Practical Teaching Ideas: Activities and lesson plans for language teachers.
  • Research: Short research articles, such as summaries of primary, early stage research in the field of digital and mobile language learning (1500 – 2000 words including references).
  • Superstars: Interviews with an inspiring teacher, researcher, student, inventor, or designer.
  • Tech for Teachers: Reviews of apps and educational technology from a language teacher’s perspective.
  • Workshops: Detailed guides in how to use a particular technological tool for a particular teaching related purpose.
  • Your thoughts?: This category is for new issues in technology and language learning which we would particularly like to hear feedback from our readers about.

The majority of contributions to DMLL are generally under 800 words. This helps to make sure they are succinct, focused, and enjoyable to read on mobile devices. The word limits mentioned above are meant to serve as a rough guide; contributors should at all times use their own best judgement as to the proper means and methods of expressing their own ideas. As the material we cover can sometimes be complex, we encourage the use of visual aids to help communicate the message. Embedded hyperlinks are the preferred style of link sharing for most posts; however, for our short research paper format we prefer numbered citations with an APA style bibliography, with DOI links whenever possible: Example

General advice to writers from George Orwell

  1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  6. Break any of these rules sooner than saying anything outright barbarous.

Finishing Touches

  • All articles should include at least one image to be set as the articles featured image. DMLL emphasizes the use of visual media to facilitate understanding. Images you own, or creative commons, are best. If finding images is a problem, we can help you.
  • Your article should include a number of relevant meta tags. These help with Search Engine Optimization
  • Your article should have a descriptive title which is both accurate and attention grabbing; however, it is best to simply start with a working title which describes your piece and finesse it later. Our editors may make suggestions before final publication, but here is a rough guide.