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March 2003

Matthew Scelza

Marc Helgesen

Phonics Boring?

Teachers Debate Iraq War

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March 2003

Achievement Profile: Meet Matthew Scelza
In just six short years since finishing his M.A. at Stanford, Matthew Scelza is making his mark as an expert on adult literacy and a strong advocate for immigrant communities.
Achievement Profile: Meet Marc Helgesen
Marc Helgesen is nearly as active outside the classroom as he wants students to be inside the room. He shares insights from 20 years of ESL teaching which have taken him from Illinois to Japan and beyond.
Is Phonics Boring?, by Stephen Krashen
Stephen Krashen has given ESL MiniConference permission to publish his newest article on research questioning the educational fad of the moment: reading with phonics.
The Relevance of the Iraq Crisis, by Robb Scott
In late February, there was a spirited series of exchanges on the NIFL-ESL literacy listserv, from teachers all along the ideological spectrum, about the impending war in Iraq. This report covers the highlights from this surprising discussion.
Conference Roundup: TESOL,TESOL Arabia, KATESOL, Long Island ESOL
Yes, ESL MiniConference again this year has published "Top 10" lists of our favorite sessions at the upcoming March 25-29 TESOL convention in Baltimore. But there is also news from other March and April conferences, including TESOL Arabia and Long Island ESOL.