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LEADERSHIP UPDATES
LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Nigel Caplan, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA

SLWIS Chair Nigel Caplan provides an update on SLWIS proposal submissions for the 2018 TESOL convention and discusses ways that interest section members can stay connected throughout the year. Read More

LETTER FROM THE EDITORS
Ilka Kostka, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA & Elena Shvidko, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA

The SLW News editorial team welcomes readers to this issue and invites members to write for the newsletter. Read More

ARTICLES
SCHOLARSHIP ON L2 WRITING IN 2016: THE YEAR IN REVIEW
Tony Silva, Kai Yang, Elena Shvidko, & Ji-young Shin

Based on an extensive review of the scholarship published on second language writing in 2016, the authors have identified and provided brief accounts of these publications and have categorized them by topic or focus, specifically, as addressing writers, readers, contexts, instruction, texts, and assessment. Read More

CHALLENGES FACED BY SAUDI STUDENTS WRITING AT A U.S. UNIVERSITY
Melinda Reichelt, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, USA & Li Shucang, Qilu University of Technology, Jinan, China

This research study investigated writing difficulties Saudi students encountered and adaptive strategies they implemented to adjust to writing in an English-dominant university. Students delineated strategies they used for grappling with challenges they faced. The researchers found students’ use of technology in writing of particular interest. Read More

USING OBSERVATION JOURNALS TO AWAKEN OBSERVATION SKILLS AND INCREASE COMFORT WITH WRITING
Patrick T. Randolph, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

How can instructors inspire students to put down their smartphones and become acute observers of their host culture while developing their writing skills? Randolph proposes that using observation journals is the answer and describes how they can awaken students’ observation skills and help them become comfortable in writing English. Read More

A PERSONAL REFLECTION: CAUGHT IN THE AMERICAN WRITING WORKSHOPS AS A SECOND LANGUAGE WRITER
Guifang Xue, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire, USA

Second language writers face challenges and often feel discouraged in mainstream culture-oriented writing workshops. In this narrative, Xue describes her workshop experiences and how she found a way to use her voice in writing to an American audience without losing her cultural identity. Read More

FLIPPING ELEMENTARY PRESERVICE TEACHERS' ESL COURSEWORK: FOCUS ON TEACHING WRITING FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
Yong-Jik Lee, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA & Tuba Yilmaz, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

The project described aims to understand how the flipped classroom influences elementary preservice teachers’ pedagogical skills for teaching writing to English language learners. Preliminary findings showed that the flipped classroom approach created an avenue for preservice teachers to apply English as a second language writing strategies from the course readings to in-class activities. Read More

MEMBER PROFILES
GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: HADI BANAT
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 Hadi Banat of Purdue University. Read More

GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: KELLY J. CUNNINGHAM
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 Kelly J. Cunningham of Iowa State University. Read More

GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: JOSEPH WILSON
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 Joseph Wilson of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Read More

BOOK REVIEWS
REVIEW OF DISCIPLINE-SPECIFIC WRITING: THEORY INTO PRACTICE
Tetyana Bychkovska,George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA

Discipline-Specific Writing: Theory Into Practice, edited by John Flowerdew and Tracey Costley, is a comprehensive guide on teaching and developing a discipline-specific writing course. It offers practical advice based on research from leading practitioners in the field, guiding readers through the main stages of the writing course Curriculum Cycle. Read More

REVIEW OF ACADEMIC WRITING STEP BY STEP: A RESEARCH-BASED APPROACH
Steven Thurlow, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Designed for academic or research writing courses, Academic Writing Step by Step: A Research-Based Approach features a scaffolded approach to core reading and writing skills. Informed by theoretical frameworks, such as genre theory, this textbook is useful for a range of university undergraduates, especially advanced ESL/EFL learners. Read More

ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY
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

SLWIS IS CONTACT INFORMATION
TESOL’s Second Language Writing Interest Section (SLWIS) 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
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