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Aims & Scope

The L2 Journal is a fully refereed, open-access, interdisciplinary journal that aims to promote the research and the practice of language learning and teaching. It publishes articles in English on all aspects of applied linguistics broadly conceived, i.e., second language acquisition, second language pedagogy, bilingualism and multilingualism, language and technology, curriculum development and teacher training, testing and evaluation. The L2 Journal unites the academic rigor of the traditional scholarly review process with the benefits of open-access publication. Timely publication and wide electronic distribution are made possible by the University of California's eScholarship Digital Information Repository.

The journal is housed in the Berkeley Language Center.

Currently, L2Journal is indexed in the following services:

  • DOAJ
  • ERIC
  • JournalsPedia
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Scopus

The name of the journal, L2 Journal, is intended to signify not only a language other than the native language, but also the fact that what unites the teaching of language, literature and culture within language departments is precisely the second language in all its forms: communicative, literary, and cultural. It thus invites explorations of the relationship between the teaching of language and the teaching of literature and culture, and between applied linguistic research and literary scholarship within foreign language and literature departments. It welcomes contributions that build bridges between theory and practice, and that draw on relevant fields in the humanities and the social sciences. 

The L2 Journal seeks submissions of previously unpublished manuscripts on any topic related to the area of language learning and teaching. Articles should be written so that they are accessible to a broad audience of language educators, including those individuals who may not be familiar with the particular subject matter addressed in the article. General guidelines will be available for reporting on both quantitative and qualitative research, as well as on pedagogic reports and think pieces. 

The journal publishes on a rotating basis both general issues as well as special issues.