About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Issues in Language Instruction is a peer-reviewed journal for and by university instructors of English to speakers of additional languages (EAL). The mission of the journal is to explore innovation in English language instruction and make explicit the tacit knowledge of language pedagogy that English teachers accumulate over the years from classroom experience. ILI welcomes all kinds of submissions related to the practice, interpretation, and advancement of our profession including:

  • Conference Presentations
  • Action research
  • White Papers
  • Self-reflections on instruction
  • Reviews of books, articles, presentations, and workshops
  • Educational technology
  • English for academic purposes, English for professional purposes, and Interdepartmental projects
  • Advances in curriculum design and ideas for new courses and programs
  • Academic advising and cultural adjustment
  • Program administration
  • Short-term programs

Peer Review Process

ILI employs a blind peer review process with at least two referees evaluating each manuscript submitted. Reviewers may be members of the publication’s editorial team or ad hoc reviewers with specialized knowledge related to the topic at hand. All reviewers possess an advanced degree and a record of scholarly activity in ESL at the university level.

Open Access Policy

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Issues in Language Instruction (ILI) is an independent academic journal published by faculty at the Applied English Center (AEC). The views and opinions expressed in ILI do not necessarily reflect those of the Applied English Center administration or other unit at the University of Kansas.