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Join the Reading and Vocabulary Interest Section (RV-IS)

  • 1.  Join the Reading and Vocabulary Interest Section (RV-IS)

    Posted 01-03-2020 11:26
    If you teach reading and/or vocabulary (and who among us doesn't??), please consider joining the new Reading and Vocabulary Interest Section (RV-IS)!  To do so, log into the TESOL website ( and click on the green My Account link at the top right of the page.  Then click on the blue My Communities of Practice tab.  Under Interest Sections, scroll through the list of interest sections in the box and click on Reading and Vocabulary.  We would love to have you join us!
    At TESOL 2020 in Denver, RV-IS will sponsor a symposium entitled "Reading Research and Implications for L2 Reading Development" on Thursday afternoon of the conference.  This session will feature six well-known reading and vocabulary researchers-Bill Grabe, Marlise Horst, Charles Browne, Fredricka Stoller, Lawrence Zwier, and Alice Savage. The abstract follows below. If you will be in Denver, please consider attending!

    Reading Research and Implications for L2 Reading Development

    Over the past ten years, a number of newer directions in understanding reading and reading development (including the role of vocabulary in reading development) have taken on a greater prominence among researchers and practitioners. These changes include a much greater emphasis on reading experience (extensive reading), a more central role for implicit learning and implicit knowledge in reading comprehension, the centrality of vocabulary for reading skills development, the development of more strategic reading for academic purposes, the intersection of reading and content learning, the intersection of reading and writing for more advanced academic reading development, and the role of digital media in academic reading skills.  In this proposed colloquium, five well-known scholars will present on these expanded directions in reading research and their implications for L2 reading curricula and instruction.

    Lynn Schaefer
    Senior Lecturer
    Univ of Central AR Intensive Eng Program