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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 the TESOL strategic agenda regarding the new structure of the interest sections and discusses how SLWIS members can take an active role in our interest section. Read More

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

The SLW News editorial team welcomes readers to this preconvention issue, provides an overview of the SLWIS sessions and meetings at TESOL 2018, and invites members to write for our newsletter. Read More

ARTICLES
MAKING WRITING INSTRUCTION MEANINGFUL: SUGGESTIONS FOR ENGAGING ACADEMIC STUDENT WRITERS
Zuzana Tomas, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA & Jennifer A. Mott-Smith, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, USA

Writing teachers often struggle to make instruction meaningful to their students because the assignments they require or practices they employ often seem either inauthentic or hard to relate to. This article presents 10 approaches to make instruction more meaningful to second language writers, thus improving student outcomes and reenergizing writing instructors. Read More

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DIGITAL WRITING FOR BROADER AUDIENCES
Mariam Alamyar, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

This article describes a writing project whose purpose is two-fold: to show students how to skillfully write an argumentative paper and to help them to create a website to showcase their writing to broader audiences. Read More

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DESIGNING A GENRE-BASED WRITING LESSON PLAN
Thu M. Lau, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA

The goal of this article is to discuss the implementation of a genre-based approach in designing a lesson plan for an academic writing course. The article offers five major steps for designing a second language writing lesson plan from a genre perspective. Read More

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THE NARRATIVE ESSAY: USING GENRE-BASED PEDAGOGY TO TEACH DIALOGUE AND SENSORY DETAILS
Anna Davis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA

This lesson plan informs teaching practices for the narrative essay by combining genre-based pedagogy with the communicative language teaching approach. Students work in groups to write a paragraph using dialogue and sensory details from an in-class activity in which they describe objects using their five senses. Read More

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NEW BOOKS
REVIEW OF PROFESSIONALIZING SECOND LANGUAGE WRITING
Shyam B. Pandey, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Professionalizing Second Language Writing, edited by Matsuda, Snyder, and O’Meara, discusses various issues related to the professionalization of the field of second language (L2) writing, including research, publication, networking, and professional opportunities. It is a useful guidebook for all L2 writing professionals, especially aspiring and current PhD students and early-career scholars. Read More

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GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHTS
GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHTS: HANNAH SOBLO
Hannah Soblo, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

In this section edited by Elena Shvidko, we introduce you to a graduate student who is researching and teaching second language writing. Read More

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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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Join Us In Chicago!
Attending TESOL 2018n in Chicago? Want to socialize with other members of the SLWIS community, meet established scholars, and make new friends? Come to our social event on March 28, Wednesday. Details will be posted on the SLWIS Facebook page. Also, be sure to check out the conference planner for all SLWIS convention sessions.
Write for SLW News!
We welcome articles focusing on a wide range of L2 writing topics. Consider writing a report about a session you attended at TESOL 2018 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 for more information.


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