MATSOL Currents is the association's official newsletter. It is published twice a year.


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We welcome submissions to MATSOL Currents:

  • An article about your school, program, or classroom.
  • An issue of concern to our field.
  • A book or resource review.

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Submission Deadlines
  • Fall/Winter Issue -- October 15
  • Spring/Summer Issue -- April 15

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MATSOL Currents Spring/Summer 2018

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4 President’s Message

6 MATSOL’s Annual Conference

15 Photos from the Conference

18 Elections to the MATSOL Board

20 An Update from MATSOL’s Director of Professional Learning - ANN FELDMAN

22 Language Opportunity Coalition Honored for Advocacy

24 A Report from MATSOL’s English Learner Leadership Council (MELLC) - ANN FELDMAN

26 What’s Happening in MATSOL’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Get Involved

29 Volunteer Opportunities with MATSOL

31 Submit to MATSOL Publications

31 Submit to MATSOL Publications


32 TESOL’s 52nd Annual Convention in Chicago: The Inside Scoop - KATHY LOBO

34 An Update on Adult Basic Education in Massachusetts: Preparing to Take a Major Step Forward - JEFF MCLYNCH



38 Teaching between languages: Five principles for the multilingual classroom - BRENDA MUZETA, KATHRYN ACCURSO, & MARSHA LIAW

43 Teaching Cultural Humility in an Online Intercultural Communication Program - EMILY SPITZMAN & MICHAEL WAUGH

46 Bilingualism Through the Public Eye - CHRISTINE LEIDER

49 Teaching into a Soundproof Booth - HEATHER BOBB

52 The State of Teacher Preparedness to Teach Emergent Bilingual Learners - MICHAELA COLOMBO, JOHANNA TIGERT, & CHRISTINE LEIDER


59 Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools, by Anne H. Charity Hudley & Chris tine Mallinson - REVIEWED BY CAROLYN A. PETERSON

61 Race, Empire and English Language Teaching: Creating Responsible and Ethical Anti-Racist Practice, by Suhanthie Motha - REVIEWED BY KAREN HART

63 Islandborn, by Junot Díaz - REVIEWED BY JACQUELINE STOKES