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About The Fourth Estate


The Fourth Estate supports TexTESOL IV mission by promote scholarship; sharing information through publication and research, and promote high standards in the field of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).


The Fourth Estate seeks to facilitate this purpose in each publication by providing timely and relevant articles, information, and communication for each of following Interest Areas.  These contributions serve as a means of communication between leaders and members, provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, experiences, questions, and insights, feature dialogue around issues of importance to the specific interest area, and nurture the professional growth of those working within those interest areas.  

Publication Information

ISSN (Print) 2379-5379  –  ISSN (Online) 2378-4822

Fourth Estate is published quarterly by TexTESOL IV to engage the faculty, students, administrators, and program developers of ELS/EFL on current practical issues pertinent to the field in both print (PDF) and online form.


The Fourth Estate offers several submission types; see the Scope & Guidelines for complete submission details. Following is a brief summary of those types. 


News items may include any TexTESOL IV professional development events such as conferences, workshops, seminars, and or forums, neighboring affiliate professional development events, and other professional development events in the region. 


The Fourth Estate accepts unpublished article submissions of 300 to 4,500 words. 


Brief write-ups on noncommercial resources related to the field. This may include reviews of educational apps, technology – software and hardware, books, etc.


Lesson plans should include at least five (5) parts: 1. Objective/learning goals, 2. Time estimate, 3. Differentiation strategies:  4. Sequence, 5. Assessment.  Lesson Plan Template Here


FE Quick Tips should be previously unpublished, novel or innovative, easy-to-follow ideas for use in the English language classroom or in any aspect of English language teaching.

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Editorial Review Board 

Alan Larson – University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA

Alan has taught English as a Second Language at a language school and privately for a number of years. He has a passion for the ESL field and is active in several language affiliated groups on Linked-In. Ever since childhood he has been interested in other cultures and languages. Alan got his start in the teaching industry in several Chicago non-profits where he studied English. He also has experience as a writing tutor for ELL’s. Outside of work and teaching, he enjoys researching, writing, biking, restaurants, art, theater, film, travel, hockey, and football.

Carol Williams – Abu Dhabi Polytechnic, United Arab Emirates

Carol Williams is a self-described “word nerd” with interests in various aspects of language research, including adult education and, most recently, phonological awareness and vocabulary development among adult L2 English learners. She has an undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology, an MA in TESOL, and has completed coursework toward a doctorate in Applied Linguistics and has been teaching English as a Second Language for nearly 10 years.  Carol Williams is currently an English Lecturer at the Abu Dhabi Polytechnic in the United Arab Emirates. When she is not in class, she is usually knitting, doing yoga, or enjoying a nice meal with her husband. 

WilsonJahnette Wilson – University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA

Jahnette Wilson  is a Clinical Associate Professor of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Houston’s College of Education.  Several of her educational achievements include a B.S. in Elementary Education, Lamar University, 1988, an M.S. in Library Information Science, Sam Houston State University, 1996, a Professional Certification in Educational Leadership, Sam Houston State University, 1999, and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Houston, 2009.  Her research interests include professional development of pre-service and inservice teachers, as well as leaders, in the area of early childhood mathematics. 

JennJennifer Guertin – Virginia, USA

Jennifer is excited to serve on Fourth Estate’s Editorial Board.  A native Ohioan, she attended the University of Cincinnati, holds a BFA in Electronic Media and an M Ed, with concentrations in Curriculum & Instruction and TESOL.  She currently teaches middle school language arts in Northern Virginia. Previously, Jenn taught English in South Korea for 2 ½ years were she learned to appreciate the power of culture and language. This experience gave her an appreciation for students traveling abroad.  Her goal is to partner with them as they navigate the English Language -TexTESOL IV is one venue to do this.

Kristine Fielding – Lonestar College, Houston, Texas, USA

After graduating from Brigham Young University with a degree in Secondary Ed with an English emphasis, Kristine spent a year teaching EFL in Taiwan. She worked with pre-K through 5th graders at a private language school, where she saw the struggles of students learning a second language. After returning to the States, Kristine taught 7th grade English in Idaho, Utah and Arizona. After moving to Texas in 2013, Kristine began teaching ESOL at Gulf Language School, an IEP preparing adults for American universities. Currently, Kristine is completing her M.Ed. in TESOL from Sam Houston State University. She hopes (fingers crossed) to be finished May 2017. She looks forward to contributing to the field in TESOL.

Miriam King, Lone Star College, Houston, TX, USA

Miriam King has taught community adult ESL classes through the Harris County Public Library and creative writing workshops for elementary students in schools throughout the Houston area. She is currently working in the Writing Center at Lone Star College. She has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and recently graduated from Sam Houston State University with a M.Ed. in TESOL. Miriam is dedicated to helping ELL students achieve their academic goals by developing good communication and writing skills.

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