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  • 1.  Introducing RV-IS

    Posted 19-08-2022 09:11 AM

    Hello everyone,

    I am Thomas Bieri, Chair of the RV-IS, or Reading and Vocabulary Interest Section.

    Our interest section hopes you will join us if you are interested in reading, vocabulary, and/or multiliteracy. We are a fairly "young" IS in TESOL, unfortunately starting up roughly the same time as COVID became part of all our lives and having extra challenges because of that. As we navigate shaping and building our community of practitioners in this 'new normal', we would love to have more people from around the world join and be active with us.

    Our 2022-2023 Leadership team is:

    Thomas Bieri, Chair

    Lawrence Zwier, Incoming Chair

    Tom Robb, Past Chair

    Christy Williams, Newsletter Co-Editor

    Doreen Ewert, Newsletter Co-Editor

    Hetal Ascher, Events/Webinar Co-Coordinator

    Xin Chen, Events/Webinar Co-Coordinator

    Adam Smith, Community Manager

    Stacy Brown, Advocacy

    Tamara Jones, Events/Webinar Co-Coordinator, Board Liaison/Member-at-large

    Our official mission statement notes that the RV-IS  "informs teachers, materials writers, curriculum designers, test developers as well as those who set educational policy for language programs about recent advances in our understanding of the process of learning to read, acquiring vocabulary and the process of reading itself. RV-IS aims to promote research in these areas as well as action plans for promoting better reading and vocabulary practices among stakeholders. The Interest Section is not just a forum where TESOL members can share their expertise and insights internally; it also strives to reach beyond the current TESOL membership, forming liaisons with other associations and governmental agencies concerned with the promotion of reading, vocabulary and literacy. We aim to leverage our shared expertise to provide professional development opportunities, to advocate for sound guidelines, and to promote excellence in reading, vocabulary and literacy education worldwide."

    So far, our main concrete activities and goals towards this have been to host or co-host two or three sessions at each international convention, to publish two or three newsletters a year, and hold two or three webinars a year. We welcome any contributions, questions, suggestions, etc. you may have which are related to any element of this mission and activities. If you would like to shadow or assist in a leadership role, perhaps with an eye to taking it on in the future, please volunteer. Also, if you have an interest in an ongoing role finding and sharing resources and/or research about literacy, reading, and/or vocabulary, we'd be happy to have your contributions.

    I hope to see you joining us in the RV-IS!


    Thomas E. Bieri
    Deputy Director, Center for Int'l. Affairs, Nanzan University, Japan
    Associate Member, Extensive Reading Foundation
    Chair, TESOL RV-IS

  • 2.  RE: Introducing RV-IS

    Posted 20-08-2022 09:27 AM
    I am so glad this group has started

    Kay Norstrom Olliff

  • 3.  RE: Introducing RV-IS

    Posted 21-08-2022 12:02 PM
    Edited by Suzanne Rajkumar 21-08-2022 12:02 PM
    Congratulations to the RV-IS. Welcome to you all and I truly look forward to seeing your IS grow.

    All the best as you grow your RV-IS community.

    Words can be beautiful,
    Words can be ugly,
    Words without meaning are simply empty.
    Words can inspire.
    Words can empower.
    Words can oppress and destroy.
    Words can defend.
    Words can liberate.
    Words have infinite power!
    May we learn to use our Words with wisdom.

    Suzanne R.

    Suzanne Rajkumar Action Tesol Caribbean
    Asst. Local Coordinator
    Corporate Bilingual Consultancy

  • 4.  RE: Introducing RV-IS

    Posted 22-08-2022 04:13 PM
    How do I join the vocabulary and reading interest group?

    Andrea Amato

  • 5.  RE: Introducing RV-IS

    Posted 22-08-2022 09:30 PM
    Dear Andrea (and anyone wanting to join one of the communities),

    If you are a TESOL member, first make sure you are logged in to myTESOL.
    Next, use the "Communities" drop-down menu and select "All communites" to see a combined list of all Interest Sections (ISs) and Professional Learning Networks (PLNs).
    Then, from that list, click on whichever interests you. It will take you to that community's top page.
    On the community page you should see a big green button "Join/Leave this community" and you just click on that to join (or leave) that IS or PLN.
    Then you can read and post messages in the group and with other members.

    As far as I understand it, you can see the general myTESOL lounge without having to be a member, but to join groups you have to be a TESOL Assoc. member. Then you can join any and all groups that you would like.

    I look forward to seeing you in the RV-IS group, Andrea.

    Best regards,

    Thomas E. Bieri
    Deputy Director, Center for Int'l. Affairs, Nanzan University, Japan
    Associate Member, Extensive Reading Foundation
    Chair, TESOL RV-IS