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LEADERSHIP UPDATES
LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Danielle Zawodny Wetzel, Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania, USA
SLWIS Chair Danielle Zawodny Wetzel updates members on events at TESOL 2011 and encourages continued participation in the upcoming year.
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ARTICLES
GRADUATE LEARNING COMMUNITIES? INTEGRATING LANGUAGE SUPPORT FOR ESL AND NATIVE-ENGLISH-SPEAKING GRADUATE STUDENTS
Steve Simpson, New Mexico Tech, New Mexico, USA
This article reports on a graduate learning communities initiative at New Mexico Tech designed to foster collaboration among native- and nonnative-English-speaking graduate students. In particular, the article describes a pilot program linking graduate-level science and engineering courses with technical communication courses.
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INNOVATIVE SPELLING STRATEGIES FOR MULTIPLE LEARNING STYLES
Gelene Strecker-Sayer, Rockwood School District, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
This highly practical article emphasizes the importance of making students adept at creating and using their own spelling strategies. It provides artful cognitive strategies for multiple learning styles that build better spellers, improve students’ metacognition, and reinforce integrated skills.
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POSTSCRIPT TO A DISSERTATION: EPISODES OF SELF-MARGINALIZATION
Adcharawan Buripakdi, Walailak University, Thailand
This is a postscript to a dissertation by an ES/FL writer. The author reflects on historical episodes of self-marginalization and acknowledges self-colonization that occurred inside and outside English classrooms. This reflective account facilitates self-awareness and enables the author to reposition herself as an insightful English language educator. Read More
Book Reviews
REVIEW OF GRAMMAR-WRITING CONNECTIONS: MASTERING STRUCTURE FOR IMPROVED WRITING
Cheung Yin Ling, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Grammar-Writing Connections by Tom Cole gives intermediate students and teachers in ESL writing classrooms some basic grammar review and suggestions on more advanced vocabulary. It is a useful resource to help make students’ writing more idiomatic, expressive, and grammatical. Read More

REVIEW OF ESL WRITERS: A GUIDE FOR WRITING CENTER TUTORS
Marcia Livingston, Oral Roberts University, Oklahoma, USA

ESL Writers: A Guide for Writing Center Tutors is an excellent resource manual that comprises a compilation of practical insights and information on how to best assist nonnative English language learners to develop their academic writing skills. The book is an invaluable tool for domestic and international ESL students and tutors, or anyone involved with writing centers. Read More

REVIEW OF WRITING ASSESSMENT AND THE REVOLUTION IN DIGITAL TEXTS AND TECHNOLOGIES
Cynthia Walker, University of Texas at Arlington, USA

Michael R. Neal’s Writing Assessment and the Revolution in Digital Texts and Technologies focuses on how 21st-century writing instructors are confronted with new text forms as well as new technology-based assessment instruments. The book provides insights that enable instructors to help students improve their writing. Read More

CALL Column
COMING SOON: CALL-SLW INTERSECTION NEWSLETTER
Announcing the upcoming issue of a joint newsletter between CALLIS and SLWIS focusing on L2 writing in a digitized world. Read More
EFL Column
THE ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY AND EFL ARABIC SPEAKERS
Ann Ainlay Chebbo, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
This article draws on translation theory to discuss the argumentative essay in relation to inherent English and Arabic rhetorical patterns. The article offers perspective on the concept of through-argumentation versus counterargumentation and explains how this discussion figures prominently in the teaching of writing to EFL Arabic speakers. Read More
Four Year Private Liberal Arts College/University Column
"ARE YOU THE ESL PERSON?": FIRST IMPRESSIONS AS AN L2 LIAISON
Shawna Shapiro, Middlebury College, Vermont, USA
This article explores issues of class and privilege as they relate to the author’s work as an ESL specialist at an elite liberal arts college. The author explains how our assumptions about privilege may lead to discrimination, and questions whether her college can truly be “elite but not elitist.”
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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, including an Academic Session on assessment and placement, and two InterSections, one on writing instruction and secondary-level standards and the other on nonnative-English-speaking teachers and EFL writing instructor preparation. Read More
SPECIAL EVENT: FRIENDS OF SECOND LANGUAGE WRITING TO GATHER IN NEW ORLEANS
Deborah Crusan, SLWIS Steering Committee Member, Wright State University, Ohio, USA
Mark your convention calendars now! Plan to attend An Evening with Friends of Second Language Writing in New Orleans. All members and potential members of SLWIS are welcome. Read More
Announcements and Information
SYMPOSIUM ON SECOND LANGUAGE WRITING: 2011 PREVIEW
Paul Kei Matsuda, Arizona State University, USA
The 2011 Symposium, to be held June 9-11 in Taipei, Taiwan, will focus on the theme of “Writing for Scholarly Publication: Beyond ‘Publish or Perish.’” Registration is now open. Read More
ABOUT THIS MEMBER COMMUNITY
SECOND LANGUAGE WRITING IS CONTACT INFORMATION
TESOL’s Second Language Writing IS provides a forum for researchers and educators across grade levels and institutional settings to discuss and exchange information in the area of second language writing. Join the conversation. Read More
SLWIS Submissions
SLW NEWS: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

SLW News is soliciting articles on second language writing theory, research, and pedagogy in all ESL/EFL settings. Consider submitting a piece for the next issue. Read More

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