SLWIS Newsletter - October 2017 (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
LEADERSHIP UPDATES
•  LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
•  LETTER FROM THE EDITORS
ARTICLES
•  SCHOLARSHIP ON L2 WRITING IN 2016: THE YEAR IN REVIEW
•  CHALLENGES FACED BY SAUDI STUDENTS WRITING AT A U.S. UNIVERSITY
•  USING OBSERVATION JOURNALS TO AWAKEN OBSERVATION SKILLS AND INCREASE COMFORT WITH WRITING
•  A PERSONAL REFLECTION: CAUGHT IN THE AMERICAN WRITING WORKSHOPS AS A SECOND LANGUAGE WRITER
•  FLIPPING ELEMENTARY PRESERVICE TEACHERS' ESL COURSEWORK: FOCUS ON TEACHING WRITING FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
MEMBER PROFILES
•  GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: HADI BANAT
•  GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: KELLY J. CUNNINGHAM
•  GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: JOSEPH WILSON
BOOK REVIEWS
•  REVIEW OF DISCIPLINE-SPECIFIC WRITING: THEORY INTO PRACTICE
•  REVIEW OF ACADEMIC WRITING STEP BY STEP: A RESEARCH-BASED APPROACH
ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY
•  SLW NEWS: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
•  SLWIS IS CONTACT INFORMATION

 

LEADERSHIP UPDATES

LETTER FROM THE CHAIR

Dear SLWIS colleagues,

The Second Language Writing Interest Section (SLWIS) continues to be a vibrant home for research and practice into second language (L2) writing concerns. We were well represented at the annual TESOL convention, with a lively academic session (on the myths of the five-paragraph essay) and three substantive InterSections (with Teacher Education, Elementary Education, Materials Writers, and Video/Digital Media ISs) as well as almost 100 other sessions on L2 writing. Representatives of the interest section also participated vigorously in conversations about the future of TESOL’s constituent groups, a process which has continued throughout the spring and summer. Though the final shape of the new “communities of practice” is still under discussion by the TESOL Board of Directors, we are confident that SLWIS will remain an important source of community and information for our members.

One indicator of the strength of our IS is the record number of proposals we received for the 2018 Convention in Chicago: almost 300! Due to the limitations of time and space, our acceptance rate was under 20%. Thank you to everyone who submitted and reviewed proposals. Your contributions are greatly appreciated. In addition, our email list has more than 2,000 members, and I hope you will continue to use it to share ideas, opportunities, and questions about teaching and studying L2 writing. We are also planning webinars so that we can provide and participate in continuous professional learning throughout the year.

I’d like to end by thanking our newsletter coeditors, Ilka Kostka and Elena Shvidko, for all the work that goes into producing this important publication. Ilka has been assiduously editing the newsletter for 2 years, and Elena was recently appointed as coeditor, having previously edited the Graduate Student Spotlights section. If you have an idea for an article for SLW News, please contact the editors. Finally, we are gearing up for SLWIS leadership elections. Please look out for emails with the nomination process and consider joining our team as we look ahead to a new future for SLWIS.

Thank you for supporting this community, and I wish you a successful academic year. Enjoy the newsletter!

Nigel Caplan

2017–2018 Chair, SLWIS