October 2018
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Elena Shvidko, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA & Ilka Kostka, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Elena Shvidko

Ilka Kostka

Greetings SLWIS Members!

Welcome to the October 2018 issue of SLW News! It is hard to believe that the year is drawing to a close. We appreciate your readership and article contributions and look forward to seeing you at the 2019 TESOL Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.

In this issue, SLWIS Chair Tanita Saenkhum will provide a short report on the SLWIS’s TESOL 2018 sessions and discuss ways that IS members can stay connected throughout the year.

This issue features several articles on different topics related to second language writing. Heng Hartse discusses a non-error based teaching approach to L2 writers’ texts; Nezami Nav shares a lesson plan on multimodal text analysis; Silva, Yang, Shin, Sun, and Tran provide a comprehensive review of L2 writing scholarship for 2017. We also feature an interview with Professors Dwight Atkinson and Christine Tardy, conducted by Elena Shvidko. The interview is based on their presentation given at the Symposium on Second Language Writing, which was held this past August in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Our regular section, Graduate Student Spotlight, features Tamara Roose, a doctoral student from the Ohio State University. We always like to hear from our graduate students, so if you are a master’s or doctoral student and would like to contribute to our Graduate Student Spotlight section, please contact Elena Shvidko for more details. Finally, we feature a review of the volume Engaging students in academic literacies: Genre-based pedagogy for K-5 classrooms (Brisk, 2015) reviewed by Anna Davis. We are interested in hearing your thoughts about recent books on L2 writing and we encourage you to share your opinions with the SLW News readers. For more information about book reviews, contact Steven Bookman.

We would like to thank all the authors for their invaluable contributions. We also extend our gratitude to the editorial team members for their hard work on this issue. We encourage all of you to share your teaching and research insights with the SLWIS community in the next (pre-convention) issue of SLW News, which will be published in March 2019. The deadline for submissions to this issue is January 10. For more information, please visit the Submission Guidelines in this issue.

We hope you enjoy this issue. Happy reading and have a great academic year!


Elena and Ilka (on behalf of the editorial team)

SLW News Editorial Staff

Gena Bennett
Steven Bookman
Adam Clark
Ming Fang
Joel Heng Hartse
Helena Hall
Kristina Lauer
Peggy Lindsey
Elena Shvidko

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