Nexus: A Journal for Teachers in Development
November 2007 Issue
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By Susan L. Schwartz

The 2007 issue of “Nexus” marks its ten-year anniversary!  When I first started the journal a decade ago, I had no idea if it would be successful.  But, judging from the fact that subscribers—in its initial form, the journal was emailed to people who requested it, a task that eventually ended up taking hours to complete—came from over forty countries, and that submissions increased every year, I like to think that “Nexus” filled a need in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages that was not met elsewhere.

Just as the Internet evolved, so did “Nexus.”  In 1997, one of my original goals in starting the journal was to both provide a resource for people who did not have access to up-to-date educational materials, and to provide a place for people who might not otherwise be able to publish their work.  “Nexus” became a peer-reviewed journal and it moved to a Web-based format when publishing via email became too limiting.  Now, of course, the Internet is widely available.  As a result, a journal that is published only once a year seems to me to be somewhat unnecessary.

However, I believe that a resource devoted to ESL/EFL teacher trainers, educators, and developers would still be useful so, to that end, I have decided to transform “Nexus: A Journal for Teachers in Development” into a website that addresses the needs of people who are working with ESL and EFL teachers.  Now, it will be possible to add content on a more frequent basis, when it becomes available.  I would like to get input from you, the readers of the journal, on what type of content you would like to see on the website, so I have created a short survey that asks for your ideas.  I would appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to fill it out.  Thanks.

The two articles in this issue of “Nexus” underscore how our field is changing, both in the classroom and in our use of technology.  In the first article, Francie Christopher describes a study she conducted in a school district in the U.S. which experienced a large increase in the number of English Learners (ELs).  She provided access to resources about teaching ELs and then analyzed how the teachers adjusted their instruction in response.  Since the number of students in American schools who speak a first language other than English has increased tremendously since “Nexus” was first published, this study has important implications for the kind of professional development that is offered to mainstream teachers.

The second article, by Boyd Davis and Lisa Russell-Pinson, explains how the Web can be used to provide professional development to teachers, in addition to face-to-face training.  In describing their project, the authors embed in their article numerous links to webpages that provide additional information as well as examples of the work created by participants in their trainings.  Such resources could not be offered in a traditional paper journal, nor even in the earlier version of “Nexus,” so I am pleased to be able to publish this article now.

Finally, I would like to thank all the contributors who submitted articles over the years.  Your articles show how varied our field is, and how much we can learn from each other.  It has been fascinating for me to read about ESL/EFL teacher training around the world, and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with each and every author.  Another thank you goes to the regular book reviewers: Ruth Wajnryb, Kirsten Schaetzel, and Andrew Finch.   Your reviews have directed readers to a wide variety of books about ESL/EFL teaching and have enriched the journal immensely.  I would also like to thank the peer reviewers of articles submitted for publication to the journal, Kim Bradford-Watts and Susan Prior.  The work you did was crucial in helping the journal expand and grow, and I truly appreciate your assistance in helping each issue come to fruition.  Thank you all very much!

Over the next few months, I will be converting this website into one that offers more than just “Nexus: A Journal for Teachers in Development.”  You will still be able to access the journal from this website, but I plan to offer more content as well.  Please come back and visit in a few month’s time!

In the meantime, enjoy the journal.



ESOL Strategy Implementation: Teacher Characteristics and Behaviors; by Francie Christopher

Extending ESL Training to Content-Area Teachers: Project MORE; by Boyd Davis and Lisa Russell-Pinson

A Survey for Readers of "Nexus;" by Susan L. Schwartz

Volume 10, Issue 1, November 2007

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