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LETTER FROM THE EDITORS
Riah Werner & Anastasia Khawaja
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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Laura Jacob, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, California, USA
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LETTER FROM THE COMMUNITY MANAGER
Kimberly Mitchell, Katy Independent School District, Katy, Texas, USA
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ARTICLES
NNEST ISSUES ARE NOT ONLY ABOUT NNESTS
Seullee Talia Lee, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

The native-English-speaking teacher (NEST)/nonnative-English-speaking teacher (NNEST) dichotomy that discriminates against NNESTs is still prevalent in the TESOL field. However, NESTs often think that NNEST issues are irrelevant to them and need to be dealt with by NNESTs. The author argues that all TESOLers, regardless of language nativeness, are responsible for the discrimination against NNESTs and need to take action for NNEST advocacy. Read More

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QUEERING THE ESL CLASSROOM: A CASE STUDY
Timothy Krause, Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon, USA

How do you make the traditionally heteronormative ESL classroom more queer friendly? In this article, a community college instructor summarizes two frameworks for inclusion, advocacy, and awareness followed by a real-world case study for integrating LGBTQ themes into an existing curriculum in a relevant and practical way. Read More

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CHILD PROTECTION INADEQUACY IN THE UGANDAN EDUCATION SYSTEM
Jessie Bakitunda, Uganda National English Language Teachers' Association, Kampala, Uganda

This article reflects on the author’s experience growing up and studying in Uganda. It gives in-depth insight into the education system and children’s rights within it. The author ends with a call to allow students more input in their education, especially when it comes to the creation and implementation of the laws which affect them. Read More

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COMPETING IDENTITIES AND EDUCATION IN JERUSALEM
Mahmood K. M. Eshreteh, Hebron University, Hebron, Palestine

Language-switching, attitude, and linguistic identity among Palestinian students and English teachers in East Jerusalem are influenced by current political, social, and ethnic conflicts. In this article, the author, a Palestinian educator, reflects on the ways in which the formal education system for Palestinian students in Jerusalem suppresses the national identity of Palestinians, and describes their ongoing struggle and resistance against such a colonizing education. Read More

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ADVOCATING FOR UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS IN ANTI-IMMIGRANT TIMES IN THE UNITED STATES
Lori Dodson, Anne Marie Foerster Luu, & Shelley Wong

Advocating for undocumented students and their families in anti-immigrant times is critical. The political process is heating up as legislation in the United States is being presented at the state and federal level. Get informed, take action, and make it personal. Read More

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EMPOWERING EDUCATORS AND ADMINISTRATORS BY ATTENDING THE TESOL ADVOCACY & POLICY SUMMIT
Maria Betancourt, East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park, California, USA

This article discusses the current political climate that has motivated educators and administrators to attend the 2017 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit. This summit provided attendees with the tools necessary to empower themselves, engage in their civic duty, and help motivate others to follow in their footsteps. Read More

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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN ANOTHER WORLD: BEYOND RHETORIC TO REALITY
Andy Curtis, Anaheim University, Anaheim, California, USA

One of the Core Values of the TESOL International Association is “Respect for Diversity.” But what does Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) look like outside the TESOL world, outside the world of language teaching and learning? In this article, the author gives a glimpse into D&I in the financial services world, and the lessons that are being learned there. Read More

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE CLASSROOM
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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.


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