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

SLWIS Chair Tanita Saenkhum gives an overview on the SLWIS’s TESOL 2019 sessions—both academic and social.  Read More

LETTER FROM THE EDITORS
Elena Shvidko, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA
Ilka Kostka, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
The SLW News editors welcome readers to this issue and invite members to write for our newsletter. Read More
ARTICLES
THREE UNORTHODOX PREWRITING ACTIVITIES FOR WRITING CLASSES
Patrick T. Randolph, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Can doing physical exercises, being mindful, and personifying the skill of writing help English language learners improve their writing and create an interest in the craft? This article demonstrates how these unorthodox prewriting activities promote the optimal learning conditions for writers while enhancing their awareness of various writing techniques. Read More
THE EFFECTS OF PRAISE IN WRITTEN FEEDBACK
Karla Coca, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA
Though praise is commonly accepted and adopted by writing teachers, how students use it to improve their writing is neither well researched nor well understood. This article discusses key studies on written feedback to illustrate what teachers can do to use it effectively. Read More
PRACTICE, IMPORTANCE, TIME, AND DESIGNING INTERACTION OPPORTUNITIES
Catherine E. Showalter, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
ESL literature indicates that the effectiveness of peer review is still in question. However, there is evidence that with training, timing, and practice, peer review can improve both nonlanguage and language skills. This brief article presents one technique and some tips for revamping peer review. Read More
NEW BOOKS
REVIEW OF COLLABORATIONS & INNOVATIONS: SUPPORTING MULTILINGUAL WRITERS ACROSS CAMPUS UNITS
Melinda Harrison, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama, USA
In this book review, the author lists ways to support multilingual writers of English in post-secondary institutions, described by the contributors to this collaborative volume. Read More
GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHTS
ELIF BURHAN-HORASANLI
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 interested in sociocultural dimensions of second language learning. Read More
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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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JOIN US IN ATLANTA!
Attending TESOL 2019 in Atlanta? Want to socialize with other members of the SLWIS community, meet established scholars, and make new friends? Come to our social event on March 13, Wednesday. Details will be posted on the SLWIS Facebook page.
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We welcome articles focusing on a wide range of L2 writing topics. Consider writing a report about a session you attended at TESOL 2019 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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