From the Editors

FRAMING THE ISSUE

We are pleased to bring you Volume 37, Issue 1 of MinneTESOL Journal, an excellent collection of pieces focusing on a variety of aspects and contexts of English language teaching and learning

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Putting discourse first

Putting discourse first

Discourse is all about communication. Putting discourse first is a form of scaffolding that can yield more thoughtful discussions about the language choices speakers and writers make and how language awareness can help students advance…

Read more
Imagined communities: The significance of imagination and language learning

Imagined communities: The significance of imagination and language learning

We can learn about our second language (L2) learner identities by understanding their imagined communities which they create to imagine their participation and language use. This paper will uncover the diversity of imagined communities, benefits…

Read more
School and cultural adjustment overseas

School and cultural adjustment overseas

Based on my son’s experience of spending a year in Japan, academic support, social connectedness, and community engagement and activities contribute to international students’ school and cultural adjustment process. Keywords: study abroad, cultural adjustment, school…

Read more
Helping second language students succeed with academic sources: Advice for faculty across the disciplines

Helping second language students succeed with academic sources: Advice for faculty across the disciplines

Second language (L2) students often face linguistic barriers and cultural differences that make reading and writing from academic sources challenging. These students would benefit from instruction across the curriculum in using peer-reviewed sources. The aim…

Read more
Teaching suprasegmentals within a task-based framework to improve speaking skills

Teaching suprasegmentals within a task-based framework to improve speaking skills

Many English language learners (ELLs) and instructors have found that non-native speakers are apt to be understood if their pronunciation is comprehensible even if other aspects of their language use contain errors—highlighting the need to…

Read more
L2 writing material: How to cultivate compare and contrast genre skills using a narrative essay

L2 writing material: How to cultivate compare and contrast genre skills using a narrative essay

The following teaching artifact aims to guide second language writing teachers to help their college-level multilingual writers understand the compare and contrast genre via a narrative essay. The teaching artifact provides step-by-step scaffoldings and opportunities…

Read more
Support of resident L2 students’ writing: Opinion

Support of resident L2 students’ writing: Opinion

To reduce “othering” and the monetary burden caused by remedial courses at home universities and colleges, and being equally financially responsible for tuition fees as mainstream students, resident second-language (L2) students need to be provided…

Read more
Teacher-led, spaced retrieval for mastery of content vocabulary

Teacher-led, spaced retrieval for mastery of content vocabulary

For university-level English learners (ELs) struggling with mastery of content vocabulary, teacher-led spaced retrieval may improve student memorization and understanding of critical vocabulary. Keywords: content vocabulary, college ELs, spaced retrieval The number of English learners…

Read more

Articles

Making language visible in content area classrooms using the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework

Making language visible in content area classrooms using the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework

The resources in the WIDA Standards Framework can be used by content area teachers to attend to the discipline-specific ways language works in their content area. Keywords: WIDA standards, systemic functional linguistics, multilingual learners, content…

Read more
Book review of “Engaging Muslim students in public schools: What educators need to understand”

Book review of “Engaging Muslim students in public schools: What educators need to understand”

This book review summarizes Michael Abraham’s (2020) book, “Engaging Muslim Students in Public Schools: What Educators Need to Understand,” and discusses why teachers will find it useful. Keywords: Muslim students, American schools, teacher education Teachers…

Read more