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LETTER FROM THE EDITORS
Anastasia Khawaja & Riah Werner
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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Laura Jacob, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, California, USA
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ARTICLES
THE N-WORD: HOW TO ENGAGE ELLS' SOCIOCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING
Kendra Staley, International English Center, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Impactful pedagogy addresses the sociocultural meaning of language, enabling ELLs to communicate effectively in diverse environments. Dialoguing with ELLs about the history and nuanced meanings of “the n-word” (nigger) empowers them as socially aware language users. In this article, the author explores a step-by-step, multimedia lesson plan created for a basic level of proficiency in an EFL context. Read More

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SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO STUDENT-CREATED VIDEOS
Lucas Kohnke, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

This article provides some practical, low-cost steps to teach students about social justice. Specifically, this article provides instruction, through the creation of short videos, in how students can effectively use social media to send their message of positivity to a broader global audience. Read More

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JUSTICE IN SOCIETY STARTS IN THE CLASSROOM AND THE COMMUNITY
Janna L. Corn, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Imagine an ESL course that develops language skills through the content of social justice by immersing students in the community. In these critical and urgent times, this class serves as a model for those interested in implementing a successful social justice curriculum. Read More

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TEACHER IDENTITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: A GRADUATE STUDENT'S TRANSFORMATIVE JOURNEY
Carli Danaher, University of San Diego, San Diego, California, USA

In this article, a graduate student reflects on the development of cultural awareness in the TESOL, Literacy, and Culture program at the University of San Diego. The article discusses the transformative thinking taking place in the program and how it has changed her approach to teaching. Read More

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CALL TO ACTION
GOING BACK TO SCHOOL AFTER HURRICANE MARIA: HOW THE UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO IN MAYAGUEZ IS FACING NEW CHALLENGES
Rosita L. Rivera & Edward Contreras, University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria was the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in decades. In this article, two educators at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez provide a first-person account of the hurricane’s devastation and its effect on the university’s teachers and students. They also share the most effective ways for TESOLers to help with the ongoing recovery efforts. Read More

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
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The 4 SRIS strands are EL Advocacy, Intersections of Identity and Language Teaching, Professional Learning, and Global Issues in Education. Please take the follow up survey to choose your primary strand or volunteer as a strand leader!
Next Issue's Theme: Social Responsibility in the Current Political Climate
How does the current political environment affect you and your students? How do you address political issues in the classroom? Share your ideas in our pre-convention issue and extend the conversation. Submissions due 15 January.


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