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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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ARTICLES
ENGAGING WITH RACE AND ESOL TEACHING THROUGH A READING GROUP
Tracy Iftikar, Andrea Poulos, & Parthy Schachter, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

As race continues to intersect with our work as ESOL educators, what are the challenges and possibilities for a reading group on race for staff members? In this article, the authors share their experiences with a practitioner-inspired and -led reading group on race and ESOL at a major public university in the United States. Read More

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FROM DACA TO DARK SOULS: PROMOTING MMORPGS AS A SANCTUARY FOR "LOS OTROS DREAMERS"
Steve Daniel Przymus,Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

This article addresses the identity and educational crisis of hundreds of thousands of children who have grown up in the United States and now attend school in Mexico as a result of deportation and repatriation. The author draws connections between these Otros Dreamers’ realities and the potential realities of hundreds of thousands more students still living in the United States and makes the case for incorporating massive multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) in schools for providing an interest-based identity and educational sanctuary for these students. Read More

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FROM THE UNITED STATES TO CUBA (BUT NOT NECESSARILY FROM CUBA TO THE UNITED STATES): THE CHALLENGES OF INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION IN THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
Gloria Ward, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, Virginia, USA

International collaboration is a challenge. International collaboration in Cuba is one of the biggest challenges, but it also provides the sweetest rewards. In this article, the author discusses the impact of the American bloqueo of Cuba, outlines the difficulties of traveling to collaborate with Cuban colleagues, and describes how these scholars continue to press on despite the obstacles. Read More

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PROFESSIONAL GROWTH: LEARNING KEYS TO SUCCESS FROM CUBAN ENGLISH TEACHERS
Shelley Wong, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA

The successful Cuban TESOL affiliate conference held in Havana, Cuba in December 2017 highlights the fact that the U.S. embargo on Cuba and new restrictions imposed by the current administration have not impeded the power of international collaboration and friendship between Cuban, Canadian and U.S. English Language educators. The author attended and came away inspired by the Cuban English teachers and professors—from graduate students and new teachers to senior scholars-- who shared deep insights on keys to professional success in TESOL. Read More

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ELT PRACTICE IN TURKEY: A BRIEF LOOK INTO CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS TO AMEND THE ELT PRACTICE
Zeynep Erdil-Moody, Tampa, Florida, USA

For Turkey to overcome its English language teaching challenges and reach its potential in the global arena, it will need to change its ELT policies, overhaul its educational infrastructure, and provide its English teachers with better nationwide preservice and in-service professional development opportunities. Read More

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THE HANDS UP PROJECT
Scott Thornbury, The New School, New York, New York, USA

Through English language drama activities and communicative games, The Hands Up Project exploits simple technology to connect classrooms that are effectively cut off from the outside world. Read More

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BOOK REVIEWS
BOOK REVIEW: OUT OF MY GREAT SORROWS
Ani McHugh, Delran High School, Delran, New Jersey, USA

This article discusses Out of My Great Sorrows: The Armenian Genocide and Artist Mary Zakarian, a biography of the author’s great aunt, which addresses the legacy of the trauma passed down through the generations following the 1915 Armenian Genocide. McHugh, an English teacher herself, believes that the many issues this book raises—about identity, ethnicity, immigration, and social justice, to name a few—are relevant to teachers and students who wish to understand not only history and the artistic process, but also the complexities of our world today. Read More

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION, BUILDING SOLIDARITY
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SRIS Open Meeting
Please join us at our open meeting on Wednesday, 28 March from 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm in room N132. We will also livestream the meeting on our Facebook page.
Next Issue's Theme: Continuing the Conversation, Building Solidarity
How can we build a strong community for social justice in TESOL? What conversations should we continue beyond the convention? How can dialogue build solidarity? Submissions due 1 May 2018.


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