March 2019
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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 are excited to announce that the theme for our post-convention issue is Social Justice and the Arts. For this issue, we’re looking for articles that explore the intersections between social justice, teaching, language and the arts.

In choosing this theme, we were inspired by the Ethnodrama which our chair Carter Winkle organized for our intersection with several social-justice oriented PLNs. Have you used the arts in your language teaching? How does artistic engagement facilitate social engagement (or vice versa)? What art forms do your students respond to best?

As always, we would love to share a wide range of voices and perspectives on this topic 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!

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

  • 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!

  • Calls to action: Overviews of pressing issues around the world, and suggestions on how TESOLers can get involved.

  • 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 Riah Werner at with the subject line "SRIS Newsletter Submission.”

The deadline for submissions is 15 April, 2019.

General Submission Quick Guide

Articles should

  • have the title in ALL CAPS;
  • list a byline (author’s name with hyperlinked email, affiliation, city, country);
  • include a 2- to 3-sentence teaser, written in the third person;
  • 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, written in the third person;
  • contain no more than 5 references;
  • follow the style guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition (APA style); and
  • include an author photo (120 pixels wide by 160 pixels tall) and any other photos (up to 400 pixels wide, no limit on height) as separate files (do not embed them into your word document).

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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Next Issue's Theme: Social Justice and the Arts
How do social justice and the arts intersect with language teaching? What arts projects have you done with your students on social issues? Submissions due 15 April, 2019.