August 2021
Christy Williams University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
Doreen Ewert University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Christy Williams

Doreen Ewert

Happy Summer to you all!

We hope that many of you are beginning to experience some respite from the difficulties of the past 17 months of pandemic life.

We are delighted to bring you our second Read-Voc Newsletter. In spite of the challenges of the past year, the RV-IS is growing in membership, from 38 to 632, and activity. In this edition, you will see that we have added a webinar survey constructed by RVIS Events Team, Xin Chen and Hetal Ascher, to gather information on what type of webinars you might be interested in. Upcoming events with Bilingual and Multilingual Education (B MEIS) and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL-IS) will be held in March around the TESOL 2022 International Conference.

The response to our second Call for Submissions was successful in bringing us several articles and a book review that address both reading and vocabulary from multiple perspectives and contexts. Our authors in this edition come from around the world, and they represent our growing IS diversity.

Aybüke Uzunca, in Turkey, introduces us to some useful digital tools to increase learning opportunities in reading and vocabulary while providing formative assessment and maintaining learner engagement. Leah Carmona, introduces a strategy for raisin vocabulary awareness while reading, in the US, and Tara Mcllroy, in Japan, reviews a new edition of a resource for finding and using young adult literature in the ESL/EFL classroom, especially to meet certain criteria in the revised CEFR (2018).

One of our goals is to include diverse voices, contexts, and experiences in teaching and researching reading and vocabulary learning. To this end, we encourage you to respectfully respond to content in the newsletter by posting comments on the RV-IS Discussion Board in MyTESOL Community. Please check out the range of topics we are eager to include in future newsletters here. Our next deadline for submissions is December 21, 2021. Feel free, though, to send submissions at any time.

  • University classrooms: Critical Reading Strategies & Tiered Vocabulary
  • PreK–12 reading and vocabulary instruction
  • Reading learner communities in the classroom
  • Extensive Reading
  • Improving/Encouraging Reading Fluency
  • Vocabulary strategies specifically for ESL/EFL
  • Vocabulary retention strategies and application/transference of Vocabulary
  • Professional development in Reading and Vocabulary Topics
  • Potential technological aids for reading and vocabulary
  • Book/media review
  • Lesson plans
  • Handouts and activity sheets
  • Proposed joint research project

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter! Please invite others to join our community!

With utmost respect,

Christy and Doreen


Christy Williams is a Senior Instructor at the INTO University of South Florida. Christy is a mentor, instructional designer, and researcher on intercultural communications and mentoring as well as information and communication technology (ICT) and refugee education.

Doreen Ewert is a Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Language and the Director of the Academic English for Multilingual Students Program at the University of San Francisco. She regularly teaches research writing courses for graduate and undergraduate international and domestic students and researches aspects of L2 literacy development.