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LEADERSHIP UPDATES
LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Tanita Saenkhum, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

SLWIS Chair Tanita Saenkhum gives a report on the SLWIS’s TESOL 2018 sessions and discusses ways that IS members can stay connected throughout the year. 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 issue, provides an overview of the articles, and invites readers to share their research and teaching ideas with the newsletter readership. Read More

ARTICLES
ON THE POSSIBILITY OF A NON-ERROR-BASED APPROACH TO SECOND LANGUAGE WRITING
Joel Heng Hartse, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Is it possible for instructors of second language writing to reserve judgment on errors, adopting instead a sociolinguistic approach to variation in language? This article explores three points to keep in mind—differing priorities, varieties of English, and notions of authority—when attempting a “non-error-based” approach to second language writers’ texts. Read More

MULTIMODAL GENRE ANALYSIS: A LESSON PLAN
Sara Nezami Nav, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA

This article includes a description of a lesson for multimodal text analysis with the purpose of empowering second language writers who are required to write multimodal essays in an international academic writing course at Oklahoma State University. Read More

SCHOLARSHIP ON L2 WRITING IN 2017: THE YEAR IN REVIEW
Tony Silva, Kai Yang, Ji-young Shin, Yachao Sun, & Phuong Minh Tran, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Overwhelmed by the sheer number of new second language writing publications available? This resource is for you. It not only includes an extensive bibliography of nearly 340 items published in 2017, but also provides a concise overview of this research broken down by topic and focus. Read More

MEET THE EXPERTS: AN INTERVIEW WITH PROFESSORS DWIGHT ATKINSON AND CHRISTINE TARDY
Interview by Elena Shvidko, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA

In this interview, Elena Shvidko talks to renowned second language writing experts Dwight Atkinson and Christine Tardy, who delivered a presentation about the future of second language writing at the 2018 Symposium on Second Language Writing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Read More

NEW BOOKS
REVIEW OF ENGAGING STUDENTS IN ACADEMIC LITERACIES
Anna Davis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA

In this book review, Davis praises Brisk for her ability to define and validate systemic functional linguistics (SFL) and a genre-based pedagogy for an audience unfamiliar with these methods. Davis also discusses how Brisk’s numerous ready-made lesson plans make SFL and genre-based pedagogy accessible to all teachers in mainstream classrooms. Read More

GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHTS
TAMARA ROOSE
Interview by Elena Shvidko, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 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

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

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 a SLWIS leader for details. Read More

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