September 2017
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Greetings Social Responsibility Interest Section!

We are Riah Werner and Anastasia Khawaja, the editors of the SRIS newsletter, TESOLers for Social Responsibility. We were thrilled with the response to our call for submissions for the September issue and are excited to announce that the theme for our December issue is Social Justice in the Classroom. For this issue, we are looking for practical articles about the ways you incorporate social issues directly into your lessons, as an English teacher or teacher educator. What activities have you used to engage your students in social justice? How have you been able to raise your students’ awareness of the connections between language and power? How do you make time for social issues in your lesson plans? What advice do you have for teachers who want to adopt a socially responsible approach to English teaching? As always, we would love to share a wide range of voices and perspectives on these issues and particularly encourage international submissions.

We are looking for

  • Feature articles: Share your presentations, research projects, or classroom practices.

  • Lesson descriptions: Describe a lesson plan you’ve created about a social justice topic so that other teachers can use it with their students as well!

  • Anecdotes and stories: Do you have a story or personal reflection on incorporating social issues into your classes? If so, we’d love to hear it!

  • Compilation and evaluation of useful resources: Share resources that you use in your work, along with an explanation of how or why you find them helpful.

  • Reports and reviews: Write about a book or an article that has inspired you as a teacher or researcher.

  • Interviews: Is there a member of the TESOL community you would like to interview? Send the interview our way!

  • Responses to articles published in the newsletter: We welcome submissions in dialogue with articles we have already published. Continue the conversations started in this issue!

Your submission can be between 500 to 1,750 words. Please keep this word count in mind as you draft your piece. It includes the title, byline, teaser and references, so the actual body of the article should be less than the limit of 1,750 words. If you have an idea but need some guidance on how to develop it more fully, please email us at or, and we will brainstorm together!

Please send your articles to Anastasia Khawaja at with the subject line "SRIS Newsletter Submission.”

The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2017.

General Submission Quick Guide

Articles should

  • have the title in ALL CAPS;

  • list a byline (author’s name with hyperlinked email, affiliation, city, country, and an author photo);

  • include a 2- to 3-sentence teaser;

  • be no longer than 1,750 words (including bylines, teasers, main text, tables, references and author bios);

  • include a 2- to 3-sentence author biography at the end of the article;

  • contain no more than 5 references;

  • follow the style guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological

  • Association, 6th Edition (APA style); and

  • be formatted in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt.

Include an author photo

  • This should be a head and shoulder shot.

  • It must be a jpg, submitted as a separate file, not embedded in the same document as the article.

  • Dimensions are 120 pixels (width) by 160 pixels (height).

  • The photo must be clear, clean, professional, and appropriate to the article.

The SRIS newsletter is a great venue to share your innovative work and ideas with our community. We look forward to receiving your submissions soon!

Kind Regards,

Riah and Anastasia

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SRIS Survey Results
The SRIS Survey identified the following strands:
  • Gender & ELT
  • Social Justice in Teacher Education
  • Peacebuilding & ELT
  • LGBTQ+ & ELT
  • Global Education
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • Immigrant Rights & Access to Education
  • Racial, Linguistic & Cultural Discrimination
  • Advocating for ELs
Next Issue's Theme: Social Justice in the Classroom
How do you incorporate social justice into your classes with English learners or teachers in training? Share your practical ideas on creating lessons that center social issues and raise students’ awareness. Submissions due 1 November.