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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Lisya Seloni, Illinois State University, Illinois, USA

Lisya Seloni invites all attending members to participate in our events at TESOL 2013 and thanks members for their contributions during the year. Read More

WRITING CENTERS AND SLWIS: A NEW COLUMN
Helena Hall, Writing Center Director, Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, USA and Margi Wald, University of California, Berkeley, USA

How do writing centers and tutorial programs handle growing international and immigrant populations in ESL/EFL contexts? To share some possible answers to this question with TESOLers, we are looking for articles that highlight research, programming, and/or practical applications. Read More

ARTICLES
INSTRUCTOR FEEDBACK AND STUDENTS' PERCEPTIONS ABOUT THEIR IMPROVEMENT IN A FRESHMAN COMPOSITION CLASS: A RECIPE FOR REFLECTIVE TEACHING
Masakazu Mishima, Purdue University, Indiana, USA

This study examined ESL students’ perceptions about instructor feedback and its usefulness in improving their writing skill. The purpose of the instructor-driven participatory action research was to evaluate instructor feedback in the second language (L2) writing classroom. This article presents findings and discusses their possible implications for L2 writing teaching practices. Read More

BEGINNING COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH WRITING
Janice Tolman, English Center, Oakland, California, USA
This article describes one instructor's community-based research project through which student writers applied integrated and critical-thinking skills and formed sophisticated and engaged learning communities. Read on for tips, techniques, and caveats.
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INTEREST AND AUTONOMY IN EFL WRITING CLASSROOMS
Melanie Rockenhaus, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy

Competent, independent writing is difficult for foreign language learners to master and instructors to foster; the challenges involved may overwhelm both. This article explains and exemplifies a few practical steps that can be taken to increase students’ interest and autonomy while they learn to write in English at the university and for life. Read More

REVIEWS
REVIEW OF PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES FOR RESPONSE IN SECOND LANGUAGE WRITING: DEVELOPING SELF-REGULATED LEARNERS
Kendon Kurzer, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA

In Principles and Practices for Response: Developing Self-Regulated Learners, Andrade and Evans compile a thorough yet comprehensible view of the main theories surrounding second language writing and feedback as they relate to encouraging self-regulated learning. Specifically, they address motive, method, time, physical environment, social environment, and performance, and provide strategies and activities for each. Read More

REVIEW OF TEACHING GRAMMAR: WHAT REALLY WORKS
Sarina Chugani Molina, University of San Diego, California, USA

Teaching Grammar: What Really Works offers an important and much-needed shift from traditional methods of teaching grammar. Benjamin and Berger's innovative approach provides teachers with pedagogical tools to make grammar instruction more meaningful and engaging by infusing it into the curriculum and students' own writing processes. Read More

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SLWIS SPECIAL SESSIONS AT TESOL 2013
Gena Bennett, SLWIS Chair-elect

SLWIS features a wide range of exciting presentations during the upcoming TESOL 2013 Convention in Dallas. Read on to learn more about this year's Academic Session, InterSections, and other SLWIS events. Read More

TESOL 2013: SESSIONS RELATED TO SECOND LANGUAGE WRITING

Our interest section is excited about the wide range of TESOL 2013 sessions focusing on writing. Read on to gain access to a list of all SLWIS sessions as well as other IS-sponsored sessions related to second language writing. 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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