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Call for articles

Hello to all those teaching, training or learning in adult literacy/ English, ESOL or adult numeracy/ maths

Call for Papers

Now is your chance to write for RaPAL Journal 108. This is our autumn/ winter edition and will be published in late 2023/ early 2024. 

This journal is an open edition. 

The editors are conscious that the past few years have seen unprecedented changes and upheavals in the sector. 

In light of this, we are offering people the opportunity to write about what they consider important at this juncture. 

We welcome both new and experienced writers. We are happy to discuss your ideas and to help with drafting and preparing your piece for publication just contact us at If you haven’t written for RaPAL before, have a look at the general submission guidelines (Write with us) on our website or find them towards the back of a previous edition. You are also welcome to contact me, Toni, (one of the editors of Journal 108) with any questions or queries. 

The Journal will comprise 3 sections: 

Section 1. Ideas for teaching - up to 1,200 words. 

Descriptive and reflective pieces on teaching and learning. We welcome contributions from students for this section which can be co-authored with a tutor or other students as suits. This section could include any of the following:

  • a reflective piece on your teaching
  • an outline of something new or innovative you have tried in your practice
  • a poem or other creative piece
  • something visual with text as required

Section 2. Developing Research and Practice - 1,000 - 2,500 words. 

This is an open-ended category for a varied range of contributions.  

We want to include articles that show people trying out ideas, pushing back boundaries alongside analysis and critique.

Section 3. Research and Practice: Multi-disciplinary perspectives

This section is for more sustained pieces of analysis about research, policy and practice which will have refereed journal status.

We suggest anybody who wishes to contribute to this section contact to discuss your contribution well in advance of the submission date. 

We will need to see the first drafts by Saturday 30th September 2023 at the latest and will provide support and feedback as required. 

Please send a copy of your draft to Please contact us if you want to discuss your contribution first or have any queries. 

This is a great opportunity for new writers as we will guide you through the process every step of the way. We would warmly welcome contributions from both you and your learners.
We would be very grateful if you could forward this email to colleagues who might be interested.

On behalf of Journal 108 editors.

Toni Lambe