May 2022
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Mai Mowafy, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt

Dear NNEST-IS colleagues,

I was honored to serve as the chair of NNEST IS for (2021-2022) and as the Chair-elect for 2020-2021. This was really an enriching experience that enabled me to learn and exchange experience with English language teachers and scholars all over the world. First and foremost, I would like to thank the steering committee members for their great efforts and their invaluable input all through the past year. Special thanks are due to Dr. Doaa Rashid, the immediate past chair, for her help and sincere guidance. I would like to extend my gratitude to our newsletter editors, Mariana Hermandes Grassi and Merve Aydın for their great efforts and dedication.

Our world has experienced hard times with Covid 19 pandemic. Our thoughts and prayers go to those who have experienced loss and illness during these times. Despite the pandemic, I am proud of what NNEST IS has achieved this year. The NNEST-IS offered three webinars: the first one was on The Multi-layered Nature of Becoming Non-Native English-Speaking Teacher with Professor Jasper Kun-Ting Hsieh & Professor Xuesong (Andy) Gao. The second webinar was on Decolonizing English: why & how, with Professor K.N. Anandan, and the third one was on Decolonizing English: Recentering Practice in Professional Identity Constructions, with Professor Rashi Jain.

Moreover, the NNEST-IS steering committee organized two sessions at the 2022 TESOL Convention: the first one is NNEST IS Academic Session in 2022 titled "Dealing with Tensions as TESOL Practitioners or Teacher-Scholars" with Professor Zia Tajeddin & Professor Bedritten Yazan. The intersection session is titled “NNEST IS Intersection Session 2022- "Discriminatory Hiring Practices against NNEST: Practical and Ideological Concerns" with SunYung Song, Fatmeh Waleed & Basher AlHariri, as well as Aracili Salas, in collaboration with Social Solidarity IS and English as a Foreign Language IS.

We plan to expand our understanding of NNEST identities and praxis by attending to transnational intersectional aspects and decolonial perspectives. We also hope to reach out to a wider range of audience and engage them to participate with us so that we can raise the awareness on NNEST issues. The NNEST-IS executive board is committed to the cultivation of nondiscriminatory environments for all teachers and learners of English as a Second or Foreign Language.

Finally, We would like to invite you to join the community by filling in the form here. We would like you to join our Facebook group here to stay connected with us.

Best wishes,

Mai Mowafy.

Mai Mowafy is a lecturer of Linguistics & Translation at the Department of English Language, Literature and Simultaneous Interpretation, Faculty of Humanities, Al-Azhar University in Cairo. She was previously a visiting scholar at University of Maryland, Baltimore County & New York University. Her areas of research include discourse studies, critical discourse analysis, and multimodal discourse analysis as well as translation studies. She is also a freelance Interpreter and Translator who co-published eight translated books so far.
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