March 2016
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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Nihat Polat, Duquesne University, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Dear ALIS Members,

I wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2016! It is my pleasure to welcome you to the ALIS family and thank you for your continued support. I just wanted to take this opportunity to describe some of the upcoming ALIS activities and update you about a few exciting changes that are going to occur in the new year.

First, our Chair-Elect David Olsher will be taking over as the chair of ALIS at the convention in Maryland. Like many of you who have read David’s letter in our previous newsletter, I, too, look forward to the many wonderful activities that ALIS will engage in under David’s leadership.

Second, I am very pleased to report that our search for the next leader has been successful. Please join me in congratulating Olga Griswold as the ALIS chair-elect. Olga is not new to ALIS, and soon we will learn more about her and her vision for ALIS in the upcoming newsletters.

Third, our application for funds for a reception during the convention was approved by TESOL. Thus, I am very happy to invite you all to the ALIS reception on Wednesday, 6 April, between 8:30 pm and 10 pm in the Calloway room in the Hilton Baltimore.

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not reiterate my invitation for your participation in ALIS’s academic and InterSection sessions. David will provide information about the academic session in his letter. Here is some information about the InterSection. The ALIS InterSection, with the Teacher Education Interest Section (TEIS), is going to tackle a very interesting area of research, as evident in its title “Age Factor in SLA: Current Research and Implications.” We have invited four scholars who are on the forefront of cutting-edge research on this topic: David Singleton, David Birdsong, Alene Moyer, and Emanuel Bylund. I cannot wait to see you all at this wonderful session!

I look forward to our annual convention, held this year on 5–8 April 2016 (Tuesday through Friday), in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. I am very excited about the ALIS academic and InterSection sessions, and the many other fascinating talks, discussions, and meetings at TESOL 2016.

Last but not least, I would like to thank our newsletter editors, Monika Ekiert and Ben White, for their wonderful contributions to ALIS.

Please contact me or David if you have any questions or suggestions.

Best wishes!

Nihat Polat

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