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Leadership Updates
LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Hong Wang, Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada
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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR-ELECT
Denise De Felice, Casa Thomas Jefferson, Brasilia, Brazil
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PREPARING PROPOSALS PROJECT
Toni Hull, English Language Fellow Program, Russia
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ARTICLES FROM THE 2011 CONVENTION
RESEARCH ON EFL CLASSROOM INTERACTION: CONVERSATION ANALYSIS
Donna Fujimoto, Jean Wong, Noël Houck, and David Olsher

EFL teachers who attend the TESOL convention often find that the presentations are relevant for ESL but not for EFL. While there are many overlapping areas, EFL participants still have to pick and choose from what is offered. The aim of the 2011 Academic Session was to showcase conversation analysis―a research methodology that can clearly display the relevance of the foreign language context. Read More

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INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH REVISITED
C. Jeremy Sykes, Angel Lin, Jane Hoelker, Dorothy Zemach

The primary forces shaping International English are no longer primarily those exerted by academicians, grammarians, or applied linguists―they are the forces exerted by the business world, employers, and publishers. This has profound implications for EFL and ELF instruction, for the content and design of textbooks, for the issue of how English pronunciation should be taught, and for course content. Read More

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2012 CONVENTION PREVIEW
PURSUING EXCELLENCE IN EFL: INSIGHTS FROM BRAIN RESEARCH
Dr. Arturo Hernandez, Dr. Alison Gabriele and Dr. Janet Zadina

How does the brain learn best? How does the brain acquire a second language? What are the neural underpinnings of bilingual language and second language acquisition? This session aims to present data from brain research that can inform and orient theory and practice in second language acquisition. Read More

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PROMOTING UNDERSTANDING ACROSS CULTURES IN THE EFL CLASSROOM THROUGH CALL
Carla Arena, Claudio Fleury, Eric Roth, Nellie Deutsch, and Claire Bradin

How can technology foster cultural awareness among EFL students and enhance language intelligibility across cultures and language varieties? This session addresses the supportive role of CALL in bridging the gap between language and culture to promote excellence in the EFL classroom. Read More

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WHOSE CULTURE? TEACHING CULTURE IN THE EFL CLASSROOM
Nellie Deutsch, Evelyn Urbina , Nahida Al Assi, Ke Xu, Hong Wang

Culture plays a central role in communicative behavior. Yet, as English is being used in increasingly diverse cultures, whose culture is this? In this InterSection ESOL educators from around the world discuss the techniques and strategies they use to teach culture to students who will use English in international settings. Read More

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CREATING MATERIALS: GO GLOBAL, OR GO LOCAL?
Jane Hoelker, Jeremy Sykes, Antoinette Meehan, Dorothy Zemach, Rosa Vasquez
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