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Leadership Updates
LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Todd Ruecker, 2014-2015 SLWIS Chair, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

SLWIS Chair Tddd Ruecker updates members on TESOL 2014, discusses the proposal process for TESOL 2015, and highlights ways the interest section is planning to connect with members throughout the upcoming year. Read More

Articles
HELPING STUDENTS BY PREPARING TEACHERS
Elena Shvidko, SLWIS Community Manager, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Multilingual writers are no longer at the periphery in first-year composition classrooms in U.S. institutions of higher education. This article examines the need for first-year composition instructors to develop their expertise in second language writing pedagogy so that all instructors, not just SLW specialists, can accommodate the needs of these learners and support them in their academic struggles. Read More

PROVIDING FEEDBACK TO JUNIOR AND SENIOR MULTILINGUAL STUDENTS AT A STEM UNIVERSITY
Elisabeth Kramer-Simpson, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, New Mexico, USA
This article describes pedagogical approaches to feedback in a technical writing course and offers several techniques for helping students understand feedback. The particular context of multilingual writers who do not identify as “ESL” at a STEM institutions raises questions about how to evaluate and respond to language issues in writing. Read More
CORRECTIVE FEEDBACK FOR SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION: A RESEARCH AND PRACTICE PERSPECTIVE
Robert H. Taferner, Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan

An undisciplined approach to corrective feedback on second-language writing has taken many hours of our time, to what end? Let’s take a look at what insights second-language acquisition research has to offer to enhance pedagogy and lead to a more skillful approach in addressing grammar development in our writing classes. Read More

Brief Reports
NEW AND EXCITING RESEARCH ABOUT THE RAMIFICATIONS OF LANGUAGE POLICIES IN THE CONTEXT OF SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING
Sedef Uzuner-Smith, SLWIS Steering Committee Member, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, USA

This brief report introduces an on-going research project exploring the impact of policies requiring publishing in English on scholars’ lived publishing practices in different parts of the world. Read More

TALKING ABOUT THE P-WORD: A BOOK TEASER FROM FOSTERING INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUCCESS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Shawna Shapiro, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, USA

This preview of a current TESOL publication highlights ideas for talking with college instructors about issues of academic honesty and plagiarism. Read More

SCHOLARSHIP ON L2 WRITING IN 2013: THE YEAR IN REVIEW
Tony Silva, Suneeta Thomas, Hyojung Park, and Cong Zhang, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

This overview aims to assist second language writing professionals and other interested parties by synthesizing scholarship on second language writing published during 2013. Read More

STUDIES REFERENCED IN SCHOLARSHIP ON L2 WRITING IN 2013: THE YEAR IN REVIEW
Tony Silva, Suneeta Thomas, Hyojung Park, and Cong Zhang, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

A list of references for the article, Scholarship On L2 Writing in 2013: The Year in Review. Read More

CCCC CONTROVERSY: ARTICULATING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN L2 WRITING AND TRANSLINGUAL WRITING
Todd Ruecker, Christina Ortmeier-Hooper, Deborah Crusan, Christine Tardy, Paul Kei Matsuda,; Dwight Atkinson & Steve Simpson

Among college compositionists in the United States, interest in language diversity, internationalization, and translingualism has exploded in recent years. However, so has the tendency to conflate L2 writing and translingual writing as well as to view translingual writing as a replacement for L2 writing. Learn more about how SLW professionals are attempting to mitigate this increasing confusion by articulating the differences between L2 writing and translingualism. Read More

Book Reviews
REVIEW OF ACADEMIC WRITING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS: ESSENTIAL TASKS AND SKILLS
Sally Ashton-Hay, Southern Cross University, Gold Coast, Australia

This review presents an overview of this traditional favorite of EAP writing instructors and highlights the new features included in the 3rd edition. Read More

REVIEW OF A COMPLETE GRAMMAR GUIDE FOR ELL & ESL WRITERS
Alyssa Hedenstrom, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA
A Complete Grammar Guide for ELL & ESL Writers, by Benjamin Ngwudike, presents necessary information and tips for ELLs in a forthright manner and provides many helpful examples throughout; however, the mistakes and unclear formatting hinder this first edition of the book. Read More
REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC WRITING IN A SECOND LANGUAGE
Jennifer Wilson, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA
Scientific Writing in a Second Language provides insight into the challenges faced by linguistically diverse professional scientists writing and publishing in English and describes programmatic options to support these writers. Read More
ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY
SECOND LANGUAGE WRITING INTEREST SECTION 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. We invite you to join the conversation—contact an SLWIS leader for details. 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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