TESOL is now accepting proposals for a new series that will consist of 80-page books addressing the challenges specific to certain contexts for teaching English language learners.
Scope and Purpose of the Series
The Perspectives on Teaching in Different Contexts series is aimed at raising awareness of the challenges that are specific to a given teaching context both within and outside the United States, from intensive English programs (IEPs) to private tutoring. The books will use concise, accessible language to identify the needs of the learners within a given context and then explain which lesson formats, strategies, and resources most effectively address those needs.
For details on the Perspectives series please see the articles in the 14 August 2013 and 13 September 2013 editions of TESOL’s English Language Bulletin.
The audience for the series includes preservice and in-service English language teachers (ELTs). The series will be particularly useful for those completing their teacher training and considering employment opportunities. The language and content should also be appropriate for experienced language educators who are preparing to teach in a new context and would like to learn what can be transferred and what needs to be adapted.
The project is envisioned as a series of 80-page books, each addressing a different teaching context. Topics limited to a certain geographical region(s) will be considered.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Intensive English programs (IEPs) at universities - Intensive English programs (IEPs) at private language schools - Community colleges - Adult education - Business English for corporations - English for specific purposes (ESP) - K–12 programs (including large groups in an EFL setting) - Early-childhood programs - Private tutoring (face-to-face and online) - Boarding schools
Length: 80 pages/book (about 20,000 words)
Each book will follow a similar format consisting of the following sections:
- Explanation of the needs of ELLs within the context - Other concerns (e.g., administrative challenges) - Lesson planning: format, materials needed, available resources, objectives, procedures, classroom/ teaching strategies, and assessments - Questions for reflection
Authors should be ELT professionals who have considerable teaching experience in their respective contexts.
Please submit a 500-word proposal for initial consideration by 30 September 2013. E-mail one copy of the proposal, a current CV, and contact information to:
A 500-word summary of the proposed topic that describes the following:
- Explanation of concerns specific to a teaching context - Suggestions for strategies and resources that best meet the needs of ELLs in that context. - A list of conferences or professional meetings at which parts or all of the contents have been presented.
Proposals will be judged on the appropriateness for the series format.
TESOL asks all contributors to assign their copyright to the Association. The author(s) will be asked to sign a contract during the production cycle for the book. Please do not submit work that has been previously published, is currently under consideration elsewhere, or is already under contract, and do not submit work for which you wish to retain copyright.