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Leadership Updates
LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Ditlev Larsen, SLWIS Chair, Winona State University, Minnesota, USA

SLWIS Chair Ditlev Larsen invites all attending members to participate in our events at TESOL 2012 and thanks members for their contributions during the year. Read More

LETTER FROM THE EDITORS
Margi Wald, SLW News Managing Editor
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ARTICLES
CODE MESHING IN DIGITAL NARRATIVES: AN EFFECTIVE RHETORICAL STRATEGY FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
Erin K. Laverick, The University of Findlay, Ohio, USA

This article presents a lesson plan in which students created digital narratives for a first-year writing class. One objective of the assignment was for the English language learners to use their native languages to best communicate with an audience of their domestic peers. Read More

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ACTION RESEARCH FOR INFORMED FEEDBACK PRACTICE
Karen E. Best, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

It is widely acknowledged that providing feedback is one of the most daunting aspects of a writing teacher’s work. Yet in students’ engagement with high-quality, carefully written feedback, there is an opportunity for real learning to take place. Understanding the importance of written feedback, this teacher-researcher undertook an action research project in order to analyze and improve her written feedback. The report includes the research methods, results, and analysis of the original research project as well as the follow-up research project conducted a year later. Read More

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BEST PRACTICES AND INCREASING THE ACCESSIBILITY OF WRITING INSTRUCTION FOR ESL STUDENTS
Valerie Sartor, University of New Mexico, USA

This article draws on writing pedagogy and the concepts of creativity, systematicity, operationalization, and validation to discuss techniques for increasing the accessibility of academic writing instruction for ESL students. The techniques address fluency, teacher modeling, writing processes, guided revision, and validity in assessment. Read More

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THE DISCOURSE OF CIVILITY AND INCIVILITY:USING HISTORICAL PRAGMATICS AND PERIOD FILM IN WRITING EDUCATION
Catherine Smith, University of Minnesota, Morris, USA

Because interpersonal and research skills as well as creativity can play a central role in the current U.S. job market, this article draws on historical pragmatics and period film to introduce research writing. Historical pragmatics addresses the role of civility in society, and period film provides language samples that are easy to observe. Lessons involving these two elements allow students to recognize the need to consider language choices and linguistic layers of meaning in both personal and professional communication. Read More

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BRIEF REPORTS
GOING BEYOND GRAMMAR-BASED FEEDBACK IN WRITING CLASSROOMS: A SMALL-SCALE STUDY OF THREE EFL TEACHERS
Ibrahim Ashour, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

In this brief report, the author summarizes six important issues pertaining to EFL teachers’ feedback theories and practices. The first five issues synthesize participants’ perspectives. The last one includes the author's evaluation of participants’ responses and feedback practices. Read More

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MOVING BEYOND THE TEMPTING TEMPLATE IN WRITING TEST PREP COURSES
Ming Fang, The Ohio State University, USA

Using writing templates is popular with many TOEFL and IELTS test preparation courses in China. The template approach, however, may sabotage the very goals that those writing tests are designed to achieve and cast some negative effects on students’ learning in academic writing. Read More

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SLWIS SPECIAL SESSIONS AT TESOL 2012
Lisya Seloni, SLWIS Chair-Elect, Illinois State University, USA

SLWIS features a wide range of exciting presentations during the upcoming 2012 TESOL Convention. Read on to learn more about this year’s Academic Session, InterSections, and other SLWIS events. Read More

TESOL 2012: SESSIONS RELATED TO SECOND LANGUAGE WRITING
Karen Best, SLW News Associate Editor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Our interest section is excited about the wide range of TESOL 2012 sessions focusing on writing. Read on to gain access to a list of all SLWIS sessions as well as sessions related to second language writing sponsored by other interest sections. Read More

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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

SLW NEWS: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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

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