MWIS Newsletter - August 2013 (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
LEADERSHIP UPDATES
•  A LETTER FROM THE CHAIRS
•  A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
ARTICLES
•  FROM THE TRENCHES: AN INTERVIEW WITH JENNIFER LEBEDEV, Part 1
•  FROM THE TRENCHES: AN INTERVIEW WITH JENNIFER LEBEDEV, Part 2
•  MARKETING OUR BOOKS: HOW CAN AUTHORS HELP?
•  OVERVIEW OF THE 2013 MWIS ACADEMIC SESSION: "A BALANCING ACT? MATERIAL WRITERS, PUBLISHERS, CLASSROOM TEACHERS AND RESEARCHERS"
•  TESOL 2013 INTERSECTION: CREATING AND CHOOSING THE BEST MATERIALS FOR SPEAKING AND PRONUNCIATION
•  TESOL 2013 SESSION REPORT: PREFERRED VOCABULARY SELF-COLLECTION STRATEGIES OF EAP READING STUDENTS
BOOK REVIEWS & OPPORTUNITIES
•  Review of How ELT Publishing Works
•  News from TESOL: A WRITING OPPORTUNITY
ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY
•  REPORT ON THE MATERIALS WRITERS BUSINESS MEETING AT DALLAS, TESOL 2013
•  GET TO KNOW YOUR IS
•  THE MWIS MISSION STATEMENT
•  CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR FEBRUARY 2014 MWIS NEWSLETTER

 

LEADERSHIP UPDATES

A LETTER FROM THE CHAIRS

Christina Cavage

Steve Jones

Greetings fellow Materials Writers! TESOL 2013 seems like a long time ago, and TESOL 2014 seems right around the corner. As your current and continuing IS chairs, we have been busy for the last few months preparing for TESOL 2014. We have some great sessions planned, as well as some great networking opportunities.

First, thank you to everyone who has submitted a proposal for TESOL 2014, and a special thanks to the reviewers whose careful work has added a lot to the offerings of our interest section. We could not have done it without you! The MWIS events for TESOL 2014 include eight concurrent sessions, a roundtable discussion, and a poster session, in addition to our academic session and our intersection with the Adult Education IS.

Our academic session will explore past, current, and future roles and relationships between materials writers and publishers. Our panelists will discuss everything from work-for-hire agreements to negotiating royalties. We have some great panelists and are excited to bring you this session.

Additionally, our intersection with the Adult Education IS will explore the needs of adult education students, and discuss selecting the best materials to meet the changing needs of the 21st century student. Again, some great panelists are coming your way.

We hope to continue the energy that we all find at TESOL throughout the year. One way of doing so is through our newsletter. We would like to thank Jayme Adelson-Goldstein for continuing to serve as our newsletter editor, and ever-so-politely helping us remember our deadlines. Another great resource for all of us is the listserv. Thank you to Peter Vahle for continuing to be our moderator. The listserv is a great way to get your questions answered quickly.

As we move towards the new academic year, please consider serving in a greater role. We will be electing incoming chairs in the next year, and would really like you to think about putting your name forward. Keep in mind: If you are a teacher who creates materials for your classes, you are a materials writer!

Very best,

Steve and Christina