Spring Issue 2016

Letter from the Editor

Greetings WAESOL Friends!

As the new editor of the WAESOL World Quarterly, I am pleased to welcome all of you to our spring 2016 issue.

The WAESOL community is filled with opportunities for professionals in the field to flourish and thrive. The call for proposals for the WAESOL 2016 Annual Conference is now open. Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity for professional development.  The conference will take place in Spokane, WA this year at Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute.

In the meantime, you are all invited to share your teaching ideas and classroom techniques with your peers via this quarterly. Your contributions will inspire your colleagues, and enrich this diverse community of educators to make change.

Finally, I would like to thank Dr. Caroline Payant, on behalf of the WAESOL community, for all the great work she has done for this publication during her time as the editor. Caroline, we are happy to continue having you as the President Elect this year.

Enjoy reading!

Nasrin Nazemi

WAESOL World Quarterly Editor


In this issue:

Teaching Tips

Note taking and brainstorming are important writing skills. Help students develop vocabulary, understand context, organize ideas, and share feedback. Teaching L2 Writing Nair and Note-taking Approaches


Role-play for purposeful interaction

Students practice asking for and giving advice in a variety of authentic situations. Role-Play: A Low-intermediate Interactive Speaking/Writing Task for ESL Learners


Upcoming Conferences


Spokane, WA   / October 21-22 2016

Watch for the opening of registration, and follow us on Twitter @WAESOL  and Facebook for news and conference updates using the hashtag  #WAESOL16.


NAFSA Region I Conference

Anchorage, Alaska  / October 10-14 2016


CALT Conference

Tucson, AZ  /  November 4-5 2016


Spokane Regional ESL Conference

Spokane, WA   / February 25th 2017


TESOL Seattle

Seattle, WA  / March 21-24 2017

Hosted by WAESOL

It’s not every day that the international conference comes to us. Don’t miss an opportunity to get involved in this once-in-a-career event.


Palouse Language & Culture Symposium

Moscow, ID / April 2017