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From the Editor
Maria Parker, Duke University
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Letter from the Chair
Kim H. Song, Higher Education Interest Section Chair

HEIS Chair Kim H. Song updates members on changes to the IS bylaws and previews IS activities at TESOL 2013 in Dallas. Read More

Merging ESL and STEM
Kay Stremler and Kimberly Anderson, Eastern Michigan University, USA

In many universities, 60%–95% of the students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate programs are international students. TESOL professionals interested in collaborating with STEM faculty can effectively develop and implement customized ESL courses that focus on the academic literacy necessary for becoming discipline-specific professionals. Read More

Reflections on My Master's Thesis Project: Using Corpora in the Classroom to Facilitate Learner Autonomy
Melanie Jipping, Tokyo International University of America, Oregon, USA

Melanie Jipping’s graduate school studies have solidified her belief that exposing students to natural language facilitates their language learning autonomy. As students discover language forms on their own and become interested in speaking and writing naturally, their intrinsic motivation increases. Melanie continues to find ways to show and demonstrate the use of naturally occurring language as supported by corpus searches. Read More

An Engaging and Effective Multiskills Approach to Teaching Grammar
Dennis Bricault, North Park University, Illinois, USA

Focus on Grammar 3 is an exceptionally well-organized grammar text that goes beyond the typical present-and-practice format. Each of 32 units taps the four language skills with a rich variety of creative and engaging application activities while also paying attention to different aspects of pronunciation and academic vocabulary. Read More

Teaching and Ingraining Writing as a Process
Matthew J. Kessler, Ohio University, USA

Focus on Writing aims to prepare English language learners for both academic coursework and writing by moving from sentence to paragraph to essay-level discourse. The authors ingrain into the user’s mind the concept of writing as a process through the structured use of prewriting, writing, revising, and editing-based readings, activities, and checklists. Read More

Computer Technology
What Am I Doing Wrong? Common Problems and Solutions for Using Interactive Whiteboards
Amanda Hilliard, Defense Language Institute, Texas, USA

As institutions invest in new technology, teachers are increasingly encouraged to incorporate the use of interactive whiteboards (IWBs). Proponents of IWBs claim that they can increase student motivation and be an all-in-one tool for teachers. However, learning to efficiently utilize IWBs can be daunting. The author discusses issues teachers may encounter when first using IWBs and provides tips for overcoming these obstacles. Read More

About this Community: Higher Education Interest Section

A brief description of HEIS, its purpose, and its membership. Read More

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