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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR 2012-2013 and 2013-2014
Denise De Felice, Casa Thomas Jefferson, Brasilia, Brazil
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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR-ELECT 2013-2014
Vania Rodrigues, Casa Thomas Jefferson, Brasilia, Brazil
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PREPARING PROPOSALS PROJECT
Toni Hull, Senior English Language Fellow, Moscow, Russia
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NOTES FROM THE 2012 TESOL CONVENTION IN PHILADELPHIA
Jeremy Sykes, Newsletter Editor
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THE 2012 EFL-IS ACADEMIC SESSION: PURSUING EXCELLENCE IN EFL: INSIGHTS FROM BRAIN RESEARCH

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 aimed 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

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

WHOSE CULTURE? TEACHING CULTURE IN THE EFL CLASSROOM

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 discussed the techniques and strategies they use to teach culture to students who will use English in international settings. Read More

CREATING MATERIALS: GO GLOBAL OR GO LOCAL?

Globalization creates today’s competitive marketplace where a narrowing profit margin demands that a textbook sell to many buyers across many cultures. Yet educators state that students demand motivating material that connects with their local culture. Material writers, publishers, and EFL teaching professionals from around the globe discussed this challenge. Read More

2013 TESOL CONVENTION IN DALLAS
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HARMONIZING EFL PRACTICES: NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH

Why is the bilingual brain a better brain? What factors affect the coding of two languages in the brain? How does stress impact teaching and learning? This Academic Session presents current findings from brain research that can inform and orient theory and practice in second language acquisition. Read More

HARMONIZING ESP PRACTICE IN EFL CONTEXTS THROUGH CURRICULAR INNOVATION

Lack of suitable curricula is a major challenge to development of successful ESP programs in EFL contexts around the world. Issues involved are multiple, complex, and unique to the EFL milieu. This EFL-ESP InterSection explores ways of harmonizing ESP practice through development of innovative curricula in diverse global EFL-ESP settings. Read More

INTERLANGUAGE/INTERCULTURAL IMPACT ON CHINESE AND ARABIC STUDENTS' WRITING
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MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF ELEMENTARY ESL AND EFL INSTRUCTION
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MEETING OTHER MEMBERS OF EFL-IS AT TESOL 2013 IN DALLAS
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