Press Release: Cambridge Applied Linguistics celebrates 20 successful years with new series editors

The Cambridge Applied Linguistics series (CALS) was launched in 1988 to present important work from the field of Applied Linguistics which has a direct relevance to language teaching. Professor Jack C. Richards, an internationally renowned specialist in second and foreign language teaching, and Professor Michael H. Long of the University of Maryland have managed the series since its inception. Now, twenty years on, Professors Richards and Long are stepping down.

Taking on the challenge of the CALS series editorship are Professor Carol Chapelle and Professor Susan Hunston. Carol Chapelle is Past President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (2006) and Professor in TESL/Applied Linguistics at Iowa State University; while Susan Hunston is Chair of the British Association for Applied Linguistics and Head of the Department of English at the University of Birmingham. In a joint statement they summarise their feelings on taking up this position:

'We both feel very honoured to be following in the footsteps of Michael Long and Jack Richards, who have nurtured the Cambridge Applied Linguistics Series since its inception. We hope to build on the reputation for research excellence that the series enjoys, and maintain its quality while also taking it in new directions. We see the hallmark of the series as providing an authoritative voice on the many issues facing Applied Linguistics today.'

From the old to the new

CALS has flourished under the direction of its outgoing editors with over 40 titles published to date, including two winners of the Kenneth W. Mildenburger Prize. Titles in the series are written by authors who are experts in their fields and include names such as Craig Chaudron, Lyle Bachman, John Flowerdew, Ken Hyland, Barbara Kroll, Paul Nation, David Nunan, and John Swales, as well as the new series editors themselves. They strive to be accountable to theory and research, up-to-date, comprehensive, and relevant to current concerns in language learning and teaching.

Since the series started, however, the field of Applied Linguistics has expanded dramatically. Professor Chapelle and Professor Hunston intend to maintain the series' association with language education in the broadest sense, but to also acknowledge the many technological and social developments that now impact upon research into language in use:

'We hope to see the series strengthening its claim to be the first port of call for information on a given topic, but also the place where the experts on that topic might go to discover recent developments. We are very much looking forward to working with both current and future authors.'