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LEADERSHIP UPDATES
LETTER FROM THE EDITORS

Behzad Mansouri, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA, & Ellen Johnston, Fulbright Taiwan, Taiwan

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EFLIS LEADERSHIP UPDATES
Araceli Salas, Chair (México), Shahid Abrar-ul-Hassan, Chair-Elect (Canada), Ndeye Gning, Past Chair (USA)
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ARTICLES
BUILDING GLOBAL YOUTHS' GLOBAL COMPETENCY THROUGH VIRTUAL EXCHANGE

Ching-Ching Lin, Touro College, New York City, New York, USA

This article explores how virtual exchange can be incorporated into the 21st-century classroom. TESOL candidates collaborated with their global partners to promote intercultural learning in their classrooms. The study discussed that virtual exchange could be leveraged as an authentic context to expand ESL/EFL teaching and collaborative repertoire. Read More
MOBILE-ASSISTED LANGUAGE TEACHING: THE LION'S SHARE

Mostafa Nazari, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran
Ismail Xodabande
, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran

This article discusses the role of teachers in mobile-assisted language teaching/learning. It, thus, sensitizes the teachers to step toward delving into their own beliefs and adopt roles that suit current understandings of education and align with their personal sense-making of their professional work. Read More

EXAMINING GAPS BETWEEN LANGUAGE PEDAGOGY AND SLA RESEARCH

Quanisha Charles, Jefferson Community & Technical College, Louisville, KY

This article sheds light on the ongoing contentions between second language research and language pedagogy by examining two articles’ rendition of language teaching. Charles briefly reviews and summarizes two articles, then problematizes the articles by providing a critical discussion of identified gaps and recommendations for future studies. Read More

SUCCESS STORIES FROM FUKUSHIMA: ACCOUNTS FROM A TRAGEDY PRESENTED IN 5 ACTS

Matthew Nall, Miyagi University, Sendai, Japan

This article accounts for several success stories in Fukushima, Japan, after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident. I describe the successes of three students, Sakura, Mana, and Eri, then address an annual program called The Fukushima Inter-high School English Presentation Contest and my involvement in the program over the last four years. I have noticed a fundamental shift in the types of topics presented. This shift signifies the community’s success during the slow return to normalcy in the aftermath of the 2011 disaster. The people involved have shown incredible will, determination, and strength of heart. These stories speak to the human condition and exemplify struggle, overcoming tragedy, and success in the face of enormous adversity. Read More

"TOURIST GUIDE IN A MUSEUM" PROJECT

Sara Merino Munive, Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico

In this article, I describe the Museum Project, one of the best practices I have done in an English language classroom with teenagers. For fostering speaking skills amongst students, the museum project encourages language use in context for a cultural purpose and gives students an authentic space for performance and to practice speaking. Through this experience, students seem to be more confident and motivated, and they improve in their speaking—especially their fluency and pronunciation. Read More

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CALL FOR SUCCESS STORIES FROM ENGLISH TEACHERS WORLDWIDE
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