Secondary Accents

Purpose

Secondary Accents provides a lively online forum for the exchange of ideas; research; and classroom methods, materials, and practices related to English as a second language in secondary school settings worldwide.

Audience

Secondary Accents is for ESL teachers and administrators in a wide range of secondary school settings as well as researchers and other educators with an interest in secondary education.

Vision

Secondary Accents has the following objectives:
  • To serve as a vehicle of communication for ESL educators in secondary education
  • To promote the integration of ESL with grade-level content instruction
  • To foster the recognition of ESL as a credit-bearing academic discipline in secondary education
  • To document the manner in which young adolescents are being educated in English
  • To educate the public, government officials, and other educators about the need for secondary-level ESL instruction, the nature of that instruction, and the need for hiring qualified professionals to deliver that instruction
  • To develop and establish standards of achievements and performance of secondary school students
  • To stimulate relevant research in the field
  • To stimulate development and adaptation of appropriate materials at the secondary level
  • To encourage more professional development programs to ensure that teachers and administrators are qualified to serve English language learners
  • To advocate the training and certification of ESL secondary school teachers
  • To make the association responsive to the needs of ESL in secondary school education
  • To serve as a platform to inform TESOL and other organizations of the concerns of secondary school ESL professionals and interest section members

Submission Guidelines

Interested in submitting an article to Secondary Accents? Please read the submission guidelines and contact the newsletter editor, Sarah Elia.

Lesson plans should

  • be between 400 and 800 words 
  • include level(s), aim(s), class time, prep time, resources, procedure, caveats/ options, references/ further reading (no more than three), appendix (e.g., sample handout)
  • include a 20- to 30- word biographical statement
  • follow the style guidelines in Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition
  • be in MS Word (.doc or .docx) or rich-text (.rtf) format

Resource reviews should

  • cover recently published print or digital materials, such as textbooks, workbooks, and websites, related to ESL in secondary schools
  • be between 600 and 900 words
  • include a 50-word (500 characters or less) abstract
  • include a 20- to 30- word biographical statement
  • follow the style guidelines in Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition

Back Issues

Secondary Accents, 2013 to present