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Below are the last five items from News. To read more, go there. To read (very) sporadic entries on teaching, learning, writing, and using technology, go to Explorations in Learning.

Mere Rhetoric

Mere Rhetoric is a recently started collection of podcasts on rhetoric and writing at The University of Texas at Austin. As of April 17, topics include:

  • What is Rhetoric?
  • Isocrates
  • The Speech Act Debate
  • Kenneth Burke
  • The Phaedrus
  • Expressivism
  • Progymnasmata
  • Erasmus
  • Genre Theory
  • Augustine
  • Errors and Expectations
  • Quintilian's Institutes of Oratory
  • Sor Juana
  • De Oratore

TESOL SLWIS is now on Facebook

TESOL Second Language Writing Interest Section is now on Facebook. Check it out here.

TESOL ESPIS is now on Facebook

TESOL English for Specific Purposes Interest Section is now on Facebook. Check it out here.

CFP: Teaching English Reflectively with Technology

The IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG is planning an edited volume in collaboration with TESOL’s CALL Interest Section: Teaching English Reflectively with Technology.

The volume aims to help teachers enrich their technology-enhanced practice through reflection and research, allowing contributors to share their experiences with colleagues around the world.  Contributions must come from current LT SIG and CALL-IS members (primary members only) and have the following features:

1)     Represent practical uses of recent and emerging technologies or innovative applications of more established ones.

2)     Include an explicit rationale for incorporating the technology tied to language learning goals and objectives, supported with references.

3)     Incorporate thoughtful reflections based on observation and/or collected data regarding what worked, what did not, and why, connected where possible to relevant literature.


Send a 250-300 word proposal by May 1, 2014 to the editors: Sophie Ioannou-Georgiou (sophiecy@yahoo.com) and Phil Hubbard (phubbard@stanford.edu):

See http://www.stanford.edu/~efs/LTSIG-Book for full details

CFP: JoWR Special Issue on "Collaborative writing in educational and professional settings"

The Journal of Writing Research has issued a call for papers for both quantitative and qualitative studies that investigate peer collaboration in the context of writing (planning, drafting, revising) in three domains: Learning to Write in L1 and L2, Writing to Learn and Workplace Writing (technical and professional communication). For details, read and download the flyer or or contact the guest editor: Elke Van Steendam, KULeuven - Belgium.

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