From the Editor
Last fall I begin talking to the TexTESOL board about being more involved. Since then, I have been nominated and elected to the board of directors and now sit the editor position – I am honored by this board’s confidence in my ability to take on this responsibility. TESOL, at its core, seeks to empower English language learners to move beyond the fundamental understand of the language, but, to as Maya Angelo wrote, understand the melody of the language. As the new editor, I am excited to announce two tools that we hope will help teacher do that.
First, we are reviving the newsletter – the fourth estate – into a substantial quarterly publication. As a first step, we established the quarterly as a serial publication with the library of congress, and now have an ISSN number making this publication searchable by libraries and patrons worldwide. We are actively seeking content in a variety of forms over a wide variety of interest areas for the next publications. If you are interested in contributing, review the call for papers within and send us your submission – we would enjoy hearing from you.
Secondly, TexTESOL is in the process of establishing and publishing an annual, open source, peer-reviewed academic journal, JART-ELL (the Journal of Assessment, Research, And Testing Of English Language Learning). At this time, we are forming the editorial board and establishing operational protocols. If you are interested being involved in this process, contact me at your earliest convenience. Additionally, the journal will pull exceptional presentations from the annual conference (Nov. 7, 2015) and invite those presenters to submit full papers for peer-review and publication in JART-ELL. We will also receive contributions from scholars and researchers worldwide outside of the conference. Thank you for being a part of this process. If you have suggestions or comments, let me know at Alex.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer is excited to serve as Assistant editor for the TexTESOL IV Newsletter. As a native Ohioan, Jenn attended the University of Cincinnati (Bearcat for life) and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in electronic media and a Master’s in Education, with a focus in curriculum and instruction and TESOL. She currently teaches middle school language arts in Northern Virginia where she loves the diversity she finds in the classroom and learns something new from her students every day.
Before settling into her current position, Jenn taught English in South Korea for two and half years. It was during this experience that she learned to appreciate the power of culture and language. Living and learning, while surrounded by new and often different customs, can be both challenging and rewarding. This first-hand experience gave her a deeper appreciation for students who travel abroad to enhance their learning. It is her goal to partner with them as they navigate the English Language. TexTESOL IV is just one venue in which she gets to do this!
The Fourth Estate: Scope, Guidelines, and Special Interest Features (Read More)
The Fourth Estate (FE) is a quarterly online membership newsletter that features practical articles and useful resources for English language teachers as well as TexTESOL IV and TESOL Affiliate Association news. FE articles reflect the association’s interest in the profession as a global endeavor and its support for linguistic and cultural diversity.
Fourth Estate, TexTESOL IV Newsletter – Call for Papers (Read More)
To contribute to FE, make submission at the “Call for Papers” form on the TexTESOL website: (http://www.textesoliv.org/publications/newsletter/)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
From the President (Read More)
TexTESOL IV is very pleased and excited to share with you the revival of The Fourth Estate, TexTESOL IV’s quarterly newsletter.
- TexTESOL IV Annual Conference: Save the Date (Read More)
- TexTESOL IV Conference: Call for Proposals Form (Read More)
- Description of Presentations (Read More)
- Publisher/Exhibitor Registration Form 2015 Form (Read More)
- TexTESOL IV 2015 Regional Conference Participant Information (Read More)
- TexTESOLer of the Year Nomination Form (Read More)
International Student Engagement Initiative – James Moore (Read More)
Ushioda (2013) asserted, “Motivation is widely recognized as a significant factor influencing success in second or foreign language (L2) learning, and is perhaps one of the key variables that distinguishes first language acquisition from second language acquisition” (p. 1).
Differences in Self and Social Competition Mechanisms in Student Ability – Leidy Veloza (Read More)
Currently, competition works like a motivator in different populations worldwide, and in many countries, competitiveness is considered a main factor in the development of laws and politics that allow the improvement in social levels and conditions.
New Research: Scholarly Publishing’s Language Policies Ramifications – Sedef Smith (Read More)
With its emphasis on the importance of knowledge in creating economic growth and global competitiveness, today’s knowledge-based economy is increasingly affecting higher education traditions about research production and dissemination (Hazelcorn, 2010; Musselin, 2005).
The Role of the Teacher in the CALL Course – Jingbo Yu (Read More)
Computer-assisted language learning (CALL) is becoming the trend in foreign language teaching all over the world due to the impact of information technology in today’s society.
Repetition and Content Mastery – Alex Monceaux (Read More)
One of the fundamental goals of education is offering methods for learners to master content, i.e. to demonstrate clear and knowledgeable performance concerning content so that one understanding of an issue, task, or concept is performable (Klien et al, 2006).
Developing Cultural Awareness and Acceptance in the Culturally-Diverse Classroom – Cynthia McCartney (Read More)
As an instructor of ELLs in TIEP at Lamar University, I have had students from many different cultures and backgrounds in my classes. In these classes, I have observed that students tend to communicate primarily with students from their home country.
Linking Theory to Practice in the Classroom: A Student’s Reflection – Jesty anak Daip (Read More)
Perhaps one of the most difficult tasks is instructor’s successful and accurate integration of theory into his practical instructional methodology.
International Student Engagement Initiatives: Challenges and Rewards – Ariel Barrett (Read More)
Did you know that International Student Services (ISS) offices do more than just student advising and immigration advising?
Student Voices (Read More)
This section reflects on the English Language learners; it allows the reader to stop, to hear, and more, causes the reader to truly listen to the learner’s stories and consider where s/he fits in and affects these emerging identities as these language learners briefly tell their stories of the difficulties learning English, Enjoyable moments and Adventures learning English, of the transitions, social and familure aspects of learning English. If you listen closely, you will hear whispered their dreams, their suffering, and their courage to continue. I hope you enjoy hearing these stories.
- Sailing in the English Language – Amani (Read More)
- Differences: My Journey in the USA – Siva (Read More)
- Because I Need a Job – Seshivarun (Read More)
- From the Village to the University – Raman (Read More)
- To Prepare for the Future – Lufei (Read More)
- English to use Technology and Transition into Different Countries – Sandeep (Read More)
- Journey in Learning English – Sanaa (Read More)
- My Experience Learning English – Nouf (Read More)
- Journey Learning English– Chien (Read More)
A Study Abroad Survival Guide – Miguel Ricardo Medina Perez (Read More)
Studying abroad has been the most rewarding experience in my life. I started traveling at sixteen years old when I was about to graduate from high school.
ELL Advocates Speak (Read More)
Ultimately, it’s the students themselves who inspire us to act. The urgent circumstances of English Language Learners and their aspirations in the face of numerous odds compel us to advocacy.
Increasing Awareness and Improving Attitudes —Henrietta Pazos
Welcoming Undocumented Students —Gloria Salazar
Top 10 Reasons to Attend 2015 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit – John Segota (Read More)
If you’re a member ofTESOL International Association, you have likely heard about advocacy and the importance of getting involved. A key opportunity is coming up 21-23 June in Washington, D.C., at 2015 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit at the Hilton Crystal City at Washington Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.
2014 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit Participation Increases (Read More)
In June, TESOL hosted its ninth annual 2014 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit in Washington, DC. The event was sponsored, in part, by the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association.