August 2021
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Maria Ammar, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Dear HEIS Community,

Welcome to our July issue of HEIS News, a newsletter for our Higher Education Interest Section (HEIS) members, other TESOL members, and all professionals who work in the field. I hope you are all doing well, having time to do the things you enjoy.

This issue has two articles and three book reviews. The first article is, “On Second Language Writing Anxiety: Triggers and Solutions,” written by Rana A. Alnufaie and Fabiana F. Stalnaker, both who are Ph.D. students in the Culture, Literacy, and Language program at the University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA. The second article is, “Perceptions of Online L2 Learning Experiences: An Exploration Among Sri Lankan Undergraduates,” by Buddhima Karunarathna from the University of Vocational Technology, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka. For book reviews, we begin with Dr. Anna M. Burnley of Flagler College, Tallahassee, Florida, USA, who writes about the book 50 Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners. The second book review is from Bill Nelson, American University of Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq, and he gives us a review for the book Teaching and Researching Motivation. The last review is about the book Classroom-Based Formative Assessment, with the review written by Phuong Thi Hong Cao, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and Hanoi National University of Education, Vietnam. We hope you enjoy these articles and book reviews.

TESOL Elevate, the event for new and emerging English Language Professionals, will be held virtually July 26-30, 2021. According to the TESOL Elevate webpage, some of the features of this virtual event include: a week of learning and networking; participating in sessions and discussions; networking with peers, experts, and employers; learning best practices and new skills; and finding out about new resources and products. This is an opportunity for you to explore and learn about different areas of TESOL that may support you in professional and personal ways.

When you have time, I hope you all will take some time to post questions, news, or comments about current happenings in the TESOL world to our HEIS community board in MyTESOL. We enjoy seeing your postings, especially when it starts an important discussion that gets others talking, thinking, and moving.

We hope to improve member engagement through HEIS News, our HEIS community board in MyTESOL, and HEIS webinars. We welcome your involvement in any of these areas.

Best regards,

Maria Ammar

Past Chair, TESOL Higher Education Interest Section

Maria Ammar is associate dean of ESL at Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

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