Welcome to the new issue of Novitas-ROYAL (Research on Youth and Language) that has completed five years of publication. After the inaugural issue published in 2007, more than twenty indexing agencies found Novitas-ROYAL to be worthy of inclusion to their lists. Since 2007, Novitas-ROYAL has published studies submitted by researchers across nineteen different countries and welcomed readers from at least twice as many countries in number. Targeting to add momentum to scientific events, the journal sponsors annual Newcastle Postgraduate Conference in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics.

It is an honor for me to take over as editor-in-chief of such a summit-targeting journal and I would like to extend my personal gratitude to the founder of our journal and former editor-in-chief (since inception), Dr. Arikan, for handing over such an opportunity. With precious contributions by the associate editor; Dr. Sert, assistant editors; Burak Sunguralp Tekin and Christopher Leyland, and editorial board members, the journal will thereby carry on stimulating both national/international research and publication.

In this issue, the first article by Professor Steve Walsh (Newcastle University, UK) explores and conceptualizes Classroom Interactional Competence (CIC). He argues that a comprehensive understanding of CIC is a key to comprehend learning and participation in instructed learning settings. The second article, by Dr Elisa Pigeron (City University of New York, USA), investigates the strategies parents employ in order to monitor children's media exposure at home through an ethnographically-informed discourse analysis. In another study, Dr Li Li (University of Exeter, UK) presents the findings of a qualitative case study on prospective teachers' belief development and construction throughout a one-year TESOL programme. In the fourth article, Zahra Kordjazi (University of Teacher Education, Iran) analyzes two English-learning software programs, Tell Me More and English at Home. Her study discusses gender positioning in these programs through semiological content analysis. Lastly, Dr Shira Koren (Bar-Ilan University, Israel) contributes with an article that examines the order of acquisition for two different semantic variations of the verb 'sleep' in Hebrew.

Finally, following the success of first special issue published in April 2011, I am pleased to announce a 'call for papers' for the second special issue to be launched in October 2012. The forthcoming special issue will marshal studies on teaching arts, literatures, and cultures in foreign language.

Sezgi Saraç
Başkent University, Ankara, Turkey