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TESOL 2011 Updates
TESOL 2011: SECOND LANGUAGE WRITING IS HIGHLIGHTED SESSIONS
Ditlev Larsen, SLWIS Chair-Elect, Winona State University, Minnesota, USA

SLWIS has a number of exciting special sessions planned for TESOL 2011 in New Orleans. Please join us for these exciting special sessions, as well as many other great SLWIS sessions, in New Orleans.

ACADEMIC SESSION

Recurring Issues in ESL Writing Assessment and Student Placement

Saturday, March 19, 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Morial Convention Center Room 222

Tony Silva (Purdue University), Alister Cumming (University of Toronto), Danielle Zawodny-Wetzel (Carnegie Mellon, SLWIS Chair), and Deborah Crusan (Wright State University)

In this session, presenters will share effective approaches for L2 writing assessment and student placement, especially as they impact writing curricula in various contexts. Assessment experts (Alister and Deborah) explore challenges and possible future directions for assessment and placement, while ESL writing program directors (Tony and Danielle) explain their local responses to standardized assessments.

INTERSECTION WITH SECONDARY SCHOOLS INTEREST SECTION (SSIS)

Negotiating ESL Writing Instruction and Standards on the Secondary Level

Friday, March 18, 3:00 – 4:45 p.m.

Morial Convention Center Room 222

Youngjoo Yi (Georgia State University), Luciana de Oliveira (Purdue University), Amanda Kibler (University of Virginia), and Lynore Carnuccio (ESL-ETC Educational Consultants).

This session will address challenges that mandated standardized testing and curricular demands may place on the teaching of ESL writing in the secondary school context. Presenters will discuss such challenges including suggestions for different effective instructional models, effects on student writing, and possible impact on the writing curriculum.

INTERSECTION WITH NONNATIVE-ENGLISH-SPEAKING TEACHERS INTEREST SECTION (NNESTIS)

Issues for NNESTs in EFL Writing Teacher Preparation

Saturday, March 19, 1:00 – 2:45 p.m.

Morial Convention Center Room 222

Icy Lee (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Lisya Seloni (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Claus Gnutzmann (University of Braunschweig), Ditlev Larsen (Winona State University), and Paul Matsuda (Arizona State University)

In this session, the presenters discuss how writing teacher education is both underdeveloped and underresearched in EFL contexts. Topics include challenges faced by nonnative-English-speaking teachers in preparing EFL writing teachers and issues in such teachers’ professional development. More details on this session can be found at http://nnestslwis2010.pbworks.com/.

Ditlev Larsen, SLWIS Chair-Elect, DLarson@winona.edu

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