MWIS Newsletter

MWIS News, Volume 18:1 (March 2005)

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In This Issue...
  • News
    • Letter From the Cochairs
    • Letter From the Cochairs-Elect
    • Letter From the Newsletter Editor

News Letter From the Cochairs

By Deborah Gordon, e-mail:, and Susan Iannuzzi, e-mail:

Greetings to all!

Hopefully it is proving to be a busy and successful new year for one and all. How many of you made a resolution back in January to do better with the perennial problem of juggling various tasks as classes began again after ever-so-welcome winter breaks (for those of us who are teaching and writing) and writing deadlines continued to loom? It is usually about this time when we wonder how we'll ever find the time to take a week off to go to the TESOL conference in a few weeks. TESOL '05 is truly just around the corner, but fortunately San Antonio is a wonderful city for a conference and we very much look forward to reconnecting with as many of you as possible both inside the conference center and outside strolling down the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk.

It's been a busy year for all our volunteers, as always. Many thanks to all the work Tay Lesley does to get our newsletter out and to our cochairs, Dorothy Zemach and Carlos Islam, for all the work they have done on securing an interesting lineup of discussion groups, an exciting Academic Session, and an InterSection. By the way, the online planner at the new TESOL website is a useful tool for advance planning. Please note that as we're writing this, there are a few glitches with the planner that hopefully will be resolved by the time this newsletter reaches you. In case they aren't resolved, however, we have found that you need to click on advanced search for a full listing of all the MWIS adjudicated sessions and poster sessions and browse for a full listing of the discussion groups.

Thanks also to Julie Vorholt for managing our e-list. It's been a fairly quiet year, so if any of you have any burning issues you've been wanting to air, feel free. Thanks also to the proposal readers who assisted in the difficult process of choosing only 12 proposals from the 39 submitted. Once again, we encourage all those whose proposals were not accepted to resubmit next year. The more proposals received, the more slots allocated to each IS and thus the more opportunities for MWIS members to present. Also, please remember that a rejection did not necessarily mean that your proposal was not good enough but rather that others may have addressed a similar topic.

Please remember to attend the Business Meeting, Wednesday, March 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the River Level of the Harry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, room 008B. We will be having elections for the next chair-elect, or, as has been our custom for the past few years, our cochairs-elect. If there is someone you would like to nominate, or have any interest in nominating yourself, please let one of us (Deborah, Susan, Dorothy, or Carlos) know. It is a great opportunity to make your voice heard and to learn more about TESOL as an organization in general. Serving in a leadership position in an IS is also a great first step to serving in a leadership position in TESOL for those of you who may have an interest in doing that. You can be sure that it will prove to be an informative and rewarding experience. In addition to elections, the Business Meeting is your time to raise issues or concerns that you feel we as an Interest Section should be discussing and doing something about. We look forward to seeing you there.

Another thing to think about for next year is the possibility of pursuing a Special Project. Lynn Stafford-Yilmaz and Kelly Sippell have been working on one this year called "Negotiating Your ESL/EFL Publishing Contract." They will be presenting the results of their special project in an adjudicated session, and a booklet will be available to all MWIS members. TESOL has funds allocated for these projects, so if you have an idea for one, please let one of us know.

Congratulations are also in order to Lynn Stafford-Yilmaz for her election to the TESOL nominating committee representing higher education programs.

And finally, one more thing to keep in mind is the possibility of putting together an InterSection with another IS for TESOL '06. Many other ISs are interested in interfacing with us and InterSections provide us with additional presentation opportunities for our members beyond the allocated number of adjudicated sessions. If you are interested and have any ideas, again, please let one of us know.

All the best and see you in San Antonio!

Letter From the Cochairs-Elect

By Dorothy Zemach, e-mail:, and Carlos Islam, e-mail:

We've organized two MWIS sessions for the TESOL 2005 Convention: an Academic Session and an InterSection with the Elementary Education Interest Section.

The Academic Session, entitled "How Research Informs and Influences Teaching Materials," brings noted researchers who have written coursebooks and other textbooks to talk about how their research has shaped their writing. The panel consists of Marc Helgesen, Diane Larsen-Freeman, Michael McCarthy, David Nunan, and Jack C. Richards and will be moderated by Carlos Islam. We've encouraged them to bring specific examples of materials they've written and to talk about what kinds of compromises they've had to make along the way. The session will be on Wednesday from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m.

The InterSection "Publishing Materials for the Elementary School Market" features commercial publishers, published authors, and consumers of elementary ELT materials discussing what publishers want, what writers need to know, and what elementary teachers and students need from language-learning texts. They also discuss the possibilities available for becoming a published materials writer in the elementary education market. The presenters will offer guidance and insight on issues such as market needs, distinctions between elementary materials and materials for other age groups, becoming known to a publisher, and submitting a proposal. The session is on Wednesday from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m.

There will also be 12 MWIS discussion groups on topics such as writing for a fee versus writing for royalties, time management for materials writers, language selection, technology, and working with a coauthor. The discussion groups are often good places for informal networking and support as well.

To view MWIS sessions (and, of course, any other kind of session), you can browse the convention program at You can browse by Interest Section, presenter's name, day, time, title, session type, and so on and save presentations you're interested in attending to a personal digital assistant (PDA).

Other MWIS events include the Interest Section Open Meeting on Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and the social mixer on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., to which editors are invited. Bring your business cards!

See you in San Antonio!

Letter From the Newsletter Editor

By Tay Lesley, e-mail:

Hi everyone,

I'm looking forward to seeing many of you at the TESOL conference in San Antonio, and to going to as many of our IS presentations as I can pack in!

The next newsletter will focus on our presentations at TESOL. I'm hoping to get wider coverage of the presentations than the newsletter has been able to do in the past. Doesn't everyone want to hear about what went on in those discussion groups, for example? So, if you're presenting this year, please think about submitting a short article on your presentation. I'll be contacting all presenters shortly after the conference and expect to publish the conference issue in June or July.

Also, let me take this opportunity to put another bug in your ear: In addition to the pre-and postconference issues (which focus largely on the conference), I'd like to publish a third issue later in the year containing feature articles about topics of general interest in our field. You may remember the August 2003 issue containing Lynn Stafford-Yilmaz's "Many Faces of Co-Authoring" and Rachel Spach Koch's "Living Online." These were excellent articles and such issues of the newsletter provide a valuable service to our readers. Of course, to publish the issue, I need to get the articles. That's where you come in-think about a topic that you might like to develop into a feature-length article for this special issue. More about that later!