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LEADERSHIP UPDATES
LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Ryan Miller, SLWIS Chair, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA

SLWIS Chair Ryan Miller discusses SLWIS events at the 2017 TESOL convention, discusses ways that IS members can stay connected throughout the year, and provides updates on SLWIS leadership. Read More

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Ilka Kostka, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The SLW News editorial team welcomes readers to this issue and highlights SLWIS events that will take place at the TESOL 2017 convention in Seattle. The team also encourages members to share their work with IS members. Read More

ARTICLES
PREPARING STUDENTS FOR ACADEMIC WRITING BY USING STEM TOPICS AND TASKS
Heather Torrie, Purdue University Northwest, Hammond, Indiana, USA

While writing instructors of precollege second language (L2) learners often use liberal arts themes in order to stay within a context students find comfortable, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics can provide authentic preparation for future coursework. This article describes several STEM-based writing tasks that are both authentic and accessible to L2 learners. Read More

BECOMING CONFIDENT IN ACADEMIC WRITING: LESSONS LEARNED FROM THREE UNDERGRADUATE L2 WRITERS
Bee Chamcharatsri, Mônica Garcia, Felipe Rodriguez Romero, & Adnan Mohamad, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Expressing emotions in writing is a challenging task for many second language (L2) writers. In this reflective piece, the authors argue that literacy narratives are an appropriate venue for L2 writers to learn how to express their emotions and promote agency in their own language learning experiences. Read More

REFLECTIONS ON THE TEACHER-STUDENT RELATIONSHIP IN WRITING CONFERENCES
Elena Shvidko, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA

Responding to student writing during writing conferences can potentially be face-threatening to students and can thus strain teacher-student relationships. However, by making use of affiliative interactional resources (including talk and embodied behavior), teachers can provide feedback without threatening positive social bonds with students. Read More

MEMBER PROFILES
MEET THE EXPERT: AN INTERVIEW WITH PROFESSOR ALISTER CUMMING
Interview by Elena Shvidko, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA

In this interview, Elena Shvidko talks with renowned second language (L2) writing expert Alister Cumming, who delivered a plenary about expertise in L2 writing at the 2016 Symposium in Second Language Writing at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, USA. Read More

GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: SHYAM B. PANDEY
Interview by Elena Shvidko, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA

In this section edited by Elena Shvidko, we introduce you to graduate students who are researching and teaching second language writing. This spotlight features Shyam B. Pandey of Minnesota State University. Read More

GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: ZHAOZHE WANG
Interview by Elena Shvidko, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA

In this section edited by Elena Shvidko, we introduce you to graduate students who are researching and teaching second language writing. This spotlight features Zhaozhe Wang of Purdue University. Read More

BOOK REVIEWS
REVIEW OF UNIVERSITY SUCCESS WRITING, TRANSITION LEVEL, WITH MYENGLISHLAB
Ahmad Alharthi, University of Washington, Seatttle, Washington, USA

This review first provides a general overview of University Success Writing, Transition Level, with MyEnglishLab. It then describes the structure of each unit, giving examples of recurring activities and key features that appear in each unit. Read More

ABOUT THIS 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. 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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We welcome articles focusing on a wide range of L2 writing topics. Consider writing a report of a session you attended at TESOL 2017 or an article about L2 writing theory, research, or pedagogy. The deadline for the next issue of SLW News is June 30. See the submission guidelines in this issue for more information.


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