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LEADERSHIP UPDATES
LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Todd Ruecker, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

SLWIS Chair Todd Ruecker discusses IS plans for 2015, invites all attending members to participate in our events at the annual TESOL convention, and thanks members for their contributions during the year. Read More

EDITORS' NOTE
Margi Wald, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA

The SLW News editorial staff welcomes readers to this issue, announces some changes on its team, and invites members to share their current projects with IS members. Read More

ARTICLES
A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN: IMPROVING ESL TRAINING AT THE UNIVERSITY THROUGH LEARNING PARTNERSHIPS
Jessica Gerard, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA
To provide better ESL training to graduate writing tutors and instructors, a semester-long program was developed that linked two courses (Teaching ESL Composition and an undergraduate EAP class). The program sought to create mutually beneficial relationships in which the graduate-undergraduate pairs learned together from interviews, guided tutoring sessions, and linguistic exercises. Read More
USING TUTOR-WRITTEN SCENARIOS FOR TUTOR TRAINING
Melinda Reichelt, University of Toledo, Ohio, USA
Tutor-written scenarios are useful in preparing tutors to work with L2 writers. This article includes instructions for helping students write lively and effective scenarios based on actual or anticipated tutoring situations. It also describes how scenarios can be used to train tutors in different contexts and provides several example scenarios. Read More
RESPONSE TO STUDENT WRITING IN L2 WRITING TEACHER PREPARATION
Elena Shvidko, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Despite the wealth of empirical research and pedagogical literature on response to student writing, feedback needs to be better addressed in L2 writing teacher education. Therefore, in order to prepare competent writing instructors, more research—focused on the teacher’s side of the issue—is yet to be done. Read More
BOOK REVIEWS
REVIEW OF WRITING IN ENGLISH: STEP BY STEP
Rebekah J. Johnson, LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York, New York, USA
Writing in English: Step by Step, by Elizabeth Weal, systematically progresses through a variety of writing exercises from the sentence level to the paragraph level, focusing on grammar, structure, and editing. The exercises, organized into thematic units, are a wonderful aid to teachers who are struggling to help lower level students with limited prior exposure to writing in English build literacy skills. Read More
BRIEF REPORTS
THE 2014 SYMPOSIUM ON SECOND LANGUAGE WRITING AT ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
Katherine Daily O'Meara, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA & Sarah Elizabeth Snyder, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
In November 2014, more than 400 people from across the globe, including many members of SLWIS, enjoyed a weekend in sunny Tempe, Arizona, for the 13th annual Symposium on Second Language Writing (SSLW). The theme for 2014, “Professionalizing Second Language Writing,” gave conference attendees the space to explore and define their professional identity and the standards of the field among colleagues and friends. This piece summarizes the main events and highlights of SSLW 2014. Read More
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TESOL 2015 PREVIEWS
SLWIS SPECIAL SESSIONS AT TESOL 2015
Silvia Pessoa, SLWIS Chair-Elect, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Doha, Qatar
SLWIS features a wide range of exciting presentations during the upcoming TESOL 2015 convention in Toronto. Read on to learn more about this year's academic session, InterSections, and other SLWIS events. Read More
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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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Network and Represent: Help Staff the SLWIS Booth
Attending TESOL 2015 in Toronto? Want to find a place to meet fellow SLW professionals, discuss the sessions you have attended or led, take a break from conference activities and put your bag down for a half hour? Sign up to staff the SLWIS booth in the TESOL 2015 Exhibition Hall.
Engage and Examine: Join SLWIS Monthly Online Discussions
SLWIS will be hosting monthly discussions on topics of interest to IS members. We’ll start discussions with some questions posed to the e-list, which will be followed by a live discussion via TESOL’s teleconferencing service. Our first discussion focused on TESOL’s recently-released research agenda and the live discussion was hosted by Dudley Reynolds, TESOL’s President-Elect and Co-Chair of the Research Agenda Task Force. Join our e-list to get regular updates about these monthly sessions – and to post ideas for future topics.
Collaborate and Learn: Attend SLW-Related Sessions at TESOL
SLW News is soliciting articles on second language writing theory, research, and pedagogy in all ESL/EFL settings. SLW News welcomes articles that focus on L2 writers and characteristics and text features, classroom materials and practices, placement and assessment issues, writing program administration, teacher development, and other related areas. SLW News encourages submissions related to any educational setting, especially traditionally underrepresented contexts (preK–12, 2-year colleges, community programs, international K–12 schools, etc.).

SLWIS and SLW-related topics are well-represented at TESOL 2015. Download your list of sessions, meetings, and events of interest to SLW professionals. For a complete list of TESOL 2-15 sessions, use the online Itinerary Planner.
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