Call for Submissions–World Englishes: Linguistic Variety, Global Society

World Englishes (WEs) as field challenges “native”/“nonnative” speaker distinctions and celebrates the multivariance of English around the world. It also acknowledges the legacies of British imperialism, ongoing linguistic and cultural colonization, and contemporary globalization in the spread of English. (Please click on the image to the right to download the full .pdf version of our call for submissions.)

This interdisciplinary field bridges postcolonial theory, applied linguistics, creative writing, composition pedagogy and more. As a committee, we are interested in how WEs approaches enrich the Writing and Communication Program’s commitment to student learning through its multimodal approach to communication. With a focus on how users negotiate or “shuttle between” multiple languages and cultures in specific contexts, WEs are deeply rhetorical, and knowledge of English varieties across communities, professions, regions, or countries is invaluable to the citizens of our increasingly global society. 

We seek submissions to our website in the following content areas: 

Reflections on Teaching Global Literature and General-Interest Articles 

Reviews 

Interviews


Reflections on Teaching Global Literature and General-Interest Articles 

TopicFor the reflections, any text (book, film, video, podcast, etc.) that you have taught at Georgia Tech or elsewhere would work as the focus for a teaching reflection as long as it relates to global, transnational, multilingual or translingual literature, or World Englishes. We also publish short general-interest articles on topics related to World Englishes that include research and analysis.  

Length: 600-1200 words 

Title: Your choice. Academic or catchy is good. 

Tone: These reflections and articles are for academics and teachers, but they should also be accessible to a broader audience as well, so please do not use many theoretical terms or jargon. You can even have a more casual narrative style if it fits your rhetorical goals.   

Sources: If you would like to incorporate a little of the critical conversation about the texts you write about, feel free to do so, but remember this is primarily a reflective piece rather than a full-blown academic article. We encourage you to use passages from the text you are reflecting on. We also encourage, but do not require, you to think about making your reflections or articles multimodal. 

Editorial Process: When you submit your piece to gtworldenglishgescommittee@gmail.comwe will read your submission, make some notes, ask some questions, and send it back to you for your review. Once we have gone through this process and the piece is complete to your and our satisfaction, we will publish the reflection on the World Englishes website. We encourage you to read some past reflections and articles to get an idea of what other people have written on. 

Prompt (reflection)If your article focuses on a specific text that you have taught, the following questions will hopefully focus your thinking as you reflect on your chosen text and how you taught it. The way you structure your piece is up to you. Do not feel that you need to respond to all these questions, but at least touch on the ones you feel will benefit other teachersand consequently studentsthe most. 

  1. Which global or multicultural text will you be reflecting on? What is it about? Provide a brief synopsis. Do not assume that people have read it. When did you teach it? 
  2. What is your favorite part or passage from the text? Why? How does it intersect with some of the text’s key themes? What are those themes? 
  3. How did/do you teach this text? Be specific. How did/do your students respond? Have you had any specific interesting, exciting, or surprising experiences with teaching this text and its themes? 
  4. What are some of the challenges you have experienced in teaching this text? How have you overcome these challenges? What would you do differently now? 
  5. What do you see as the broader impact of studying this text? If students only take away one thing from reading and discussing it, what do you hope that is? Be specific. 
  6. How can studying this text (and global literatures more generally) contribute to the professionalization and training of your students, evenor especiallystudents whose majors are not connected to the humanities? 

Reviews 

Do you still read for fun? We used to and still try to occasionally, and when we find something we like that intersects with our mission or contains relevant topics of interest, we publish reviews of those books on our website. We primarily review books, but we are also open to reviews of recent films as well, as long as the film and the review connect with the kinds of topics that the World Englishes Committee engages with. 

Length: 600-1200 words 

Requirements: Please include a full citation for the piece you are reviewing (at the top of the piece) and citations for any other text you quote in your review (in a works cited page).  

Additionally, this is an academic genre, but please refrain from using a lot of theoretical language or jargon. We like accessibility and promote it whenever we can. Feel free to read some of our reviews to get a sense of our style and the range of works we have reviewed. 


Interviews 

If you know someone who does work, academic or otherwise, related to the field of World Englishes, linguistics, translation, global literature, ESL/TESOL, etc., let us know. We would love to contact them for an interview. Even better, we would love for you to interview them and then publish your interview on our site. While we primarily publish written transcripts of interviews and email interviews, we also encourage interviewers to provide an audio version or clips of their interviews along with a transcript.  


How and When to SubmitWe have a rolling deadline for everything we publish, so send a query to gtworldenglishescommittee@gmail.com or talk to a member of the World Englishes Committee if you are interested: 

Alok Amatya [alok.amatya@lmc.gatech.edu] 

Jeff Howard [jeffrey.howard@lmc.gatech.edu] 

Eric Lewis [eric.lewis@lmc.gatech.edu] 

Kendra Slayton [kslayton3@gatech.edu] 

 

English Conversation Hour Is Back!

It’s September, and the Naugle Communication Center/CommLab is back in full swing with the English Conversation Hour! The event is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students at Georgia Tech who are learning English as a second or other language to come together in a Microsoft Teams meeting to socialize and practice their conversational English. The WCP’s World Englishes Committee and Dr. Rob Griffin, the Center’s English language learning specialist, are partnering with the Communication Center to host this event. Please see the poster above for information on how to register and join the meeting. If you have any additional questions, please email the Communication Center at commlab@gatech.edu.

RAMBLE Magazine Submissions

Are you creative? Are you a writer/artist/communicator? Do you generally not think of yourself as any of those, but your English 1101 or 1102 instructor assigned you to compose a poem or a short story or photo essay or video or infographic or some other creative communication artifact? If any of these things fit your situation–and if you meet our eligibility criteria for submitting (see below)–then we just might have a publishing opportunity for you!

RAMBLE seeks to publish original, unpublished creative work (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and much more) produced by multilingual and international undergraduate and graduate students at Georgia Tech who meet one or more of the following eligibility criteria:

    • you are learning English as a second or other language
    • your first language is a postcolonial variety of English (as an example, if you come from Singapore and spoke a variety of Singapore-English growing up)
    • you come from a bilingual/multilingual home situation

If you believe you meet our criteria for eligibility, but are not certain, just email us and we can let you know. If you would like to submit to RAMBLE, please feel free to submit work for review by sending it to Kendra Slayton at GTworldenglishescommittee@gmail.com.

Before submitting, please read our Submissions and FAQ pages for more information on what we are looking to publish. We also invite you to read an issue of the magazine so you can get a sense of the kinds of pieces we publish. We are not a paying market, but we are happy to review and potentially publish your work.

Meet the World Englishes Committee

The World Englishes Committee is one of several committees in the Writing and Communication Program at Georgia Tech. The committee consists of Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellows who devote themselves to publishing, teaching, service, and professional development opportunities that align with the committee’s mission statement, which reads,

“While English is the common denominator for communication among diverse cultural groups, the changing roles and functions of English around the world have altered strategies for English language pedagogy. In response to this growing trend and the varieties of spoken and written Englishes, the World Englishes Committee’s mission is to develop physical and digital resources and strategies for Writing and Communication Program faculty and students at Georgia Tech.”

The committee for the 2020-21 academic year consists of four members (three returning, one new): Kendra Slayton (second-year Brittain Fellow and committee chair), Alok Amatya (third-year Brittain Fellow), Jeff Howard (third-year Brittain Fellow), and Eric Lewis (first-year Brittain Fellow.)

You can look at this site’s About Us page to learn more about the individual committee members, but we wanted to provide a little more information about them that you would not necessarily discover by reading their individual bios. As a bonus, in addition to responding to the interview questions below, the committee also took the Pivot questionnaire (popularized in the U.S. on James Lipton’s Inside the Actors Studio), so feel free to take a minute to read their entertaining answers in response to that as well.

Kendra Slayton

Why did you want to be part of this committee?

I have always loved learning languages, and my experiences studying abroad in college and then living in Japan from 2008–2011 led me to experience firsthand what it’s like to be a language learner in a place where the most commonly spoken language is not your native tongue. I love the World Englishes Committee because we try to encourage awareness of what it’s like to learn English as an additional language, as well as bringing awareness to all the varieties of English found throughout the world.

What do you like best about teaching?

It’s hard to decide because there’s a lot that I love about teaching. Since I’m a medievalist, if I had to pick one thing, I’d say that what I like best is helping students see how “old” stories can still teach us something about our own lives. To quote Chaucer in The Legend of Good Women, “if the old books were flown away, / Of remembrance would be lost the way.”

If there weren’t a pandemic and you had a bit of free time, how would you choose to spend it?

Archery! All day every day! I haven’t had range access since March, and my poor scapulae are disappearing!

What is the best movie you’ve seen in the last year?

Parasite. I thought about it for days after I watched it. But I also want to give a shout-out to the best show I’ve watched this year–HBO’s The Watchmen. It has incredible storytelling and acting but is also incredibly relevant to our current events.

What is the book you want to read most but haven’t had a chance to read yet? 

My brother’s book! My older brother is also in academia (and also a medievalist–no, this was not an organized family plan), and he published his first academic monograph earlier this year: The Virtues of Economy: Governance, Power, and Piety in Late Medieval Rome.

 

Alok Amatya

Why did you want to be part of this committee?

World Englishes represents an important commitment towards the heterogeneity of English as it is spoken and written globally. I joined the committee to research and educate more effectively – and as a collective – about English as a global language.

What do you like best about teaching?

One of the things I like about teaching is being able to engage with young minds and their enthusiasm for learning.

If there weren’t a pandemic and you had a bit of free time, how would you choose to spend it?

During the pandemic I’ve missed sharing meals with family and friends. I’d invite a lot of people to a cookout.

What is the best movie you’ve seen in the last year?

Super Deluxe (2019) directed by Thiagarajan Kumararaja.

What is the book you want to read most but haven’t had a chance to read yet? 

Nina Lakhani’s Who Killed Berta Caceres?: Dams, Death Squads, and an Indigenous Defender’s Battle for the Planet (2020)

 

Jeff Howard

Why did you want to be part of this committee?

As a senior in college, I took a Foundations of TESOL course as an elective, and ever since then I have loved continuing to learn more about linguistics, language instruction programs, and ESL/ELL curriculum development. Eventually, I earned a graduate certificate in TESOL as a PhD student rather than take additional literature courses because I felt that the program would help me to become more attuned to the needs of my English language learning students. Providing resources for instructors who wish to know more about the unique circumstances experienced by our multilingual students learning English is an explicit component in the mission of the World Englishes Committee. I wanted to be part of that.

What do you like best about teaching?

My students are the best thing, even the ones who think I’m obsessed with writing. They’re right, of course, but do they have to say that on Rate My Professors? Now, everyone’s going to know that before they even meet me!

If there weren’t a pandemic and you had a bit of free time, how would you choose to spend it?

I’ve been meaning to go to Red Top Mountain State Park, so I would love to take my family camping there if I had some time. We might even visit the Etowah Indian Mounds again, even though I ran into poison ivy there last year. I climbed a tree to take a picture of the Etowah River from above, and a few days later my legs started to fester and itch like mad. Next time, I’ll stay out of the trees.

What is the best movie you’ve seen in the last year? 

I starting getting back into Vittorio de Sica’s work earlier this year, and I think it’s a tie among two of his films, Sciuscià (1946) and Umberto D (1952), and Federico Fellini’s La Strada (1954). Apparently, mid-century Italian cinematic tragedy agrees with me. Psychoanalyze that.

What is the book you want to read most but haven’t had a chance to read yet? 

Eula Biss’s Notes from No Man’s Land (2009). I read the first essay in the book, and it was so, so good. But I was also reading Ulysses at the time, and I had to finish that one because I needed to get it over with and never look back.

 

Eric Lewis

Why did you want to be part of this committee?

I am a Global Anglophone scholar who spends a lot of his time working with multilingual writers in classrooms, writing centers, and the CommLab. This committee appealed to me in being dedicated to a major aspect of my work and giving me a chance to think deeply about and improve further in an important component of my scholarship and teaching.

What do you like best about teaching?

I love seeing the new ideas that my students are able to produce. Coming across a great idea and coaching a student through the process of refining it is immensely rewarding.

If there weren’t a pandemic and you had a bit of free time, how would you choose to spend it?

Other than the obvious spending time with people, I miss renting a kayak in a local park and kayaking around a lake or down the St. Joseph River.

What is the best movie you’ve seen in the last year?

Choosing just one is really difficult, but I’ll settle on Autumn de Wilde’s Emma. It’s my favorite Austen adaptation ever. It’s really charming, but at the same time, it makes clearer than any other Austen adaptation that this is a story about silly rich people. I love it.

What is the book you want to read most but haven’t had a chance to read yet?

I’m a huge Star Wars nerd, and although I normally draw the line at the novels, I happened to read the first entry in a series on a recommendation and am now eagerly awaiting the sequel: Shadow Fall.

The Naugle CommLab Is Open for Fall Semester!

The Fall Semester is here and the Naugle CommLab is now open for online consultations! The CommLab provides both asynchronous and synchronous options for client visits, and there are plenty of times available for students to visit virtually. Whether they are working on an English 1102 multimodal project, a traditional research article, or anything in between, students can get the feedback they need on their communication projects. Instructions on how to make appointments can be found on the CommLab website, as well as in this “digital classroom tour” video recently produced by the CommLab’s administrators.

Dr. Jeff Howard, interim co-director, Naugle CommLab
Dr. Kendra Slayton, interim co-director, Naugle CommLab

In other news, the Naugle CommLab has had to say goodbye to many senior consultants who graduated last spring, but they are also thrilled to welcome back a number of dedicated peer and professional consultants who continue to work tirelessly to serve Georgia Tech’s students, even as the pandemic has forced the CommLab to move many of its services online. Sadly, the CommLab has also said goodbye to Dr. Brandy Blake, who has been its director since 2018. Dr. Blake has accepted a position with Georgia Tech’s ISYE program. Brittain Fellows Dr. Jeff Howard and Dr. Kendra Slayton will be serving as the interim co-directors of the CommLab until a new hire can be made.

 

Scholarly Resources for World Englishes

While this website, World Englishes: Linguistic Variety, Global Society, was originally conceived as a repository for resources about World Englishes, ESL, teaching English as a second or other language, translingualism, and so on, the site is also supposed to function as a hub that connects our audience to digital resources that exist outside of our site. By embracing these dual functions, we hope to increase our utility for students, teachers, scholars, and other interested entities. With that in mind, here are some additional World Englishes resources to consider looking into.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers a series of web pages on the subject of World Englishes, including an overview and definition of the field, ideas for bringing World Englishes into the classroom, and an extensive list of readings connected to World Englishes. You may find some of those readings cited in the Bibliographies and Annotations section of this site, along with many other informative readings on a variety of topics.

Additionally, we would also like to direct your attention to several scholarly journals related to the study of World Englishes:

World Englishes

TESOL Quarterly

Asian Englishes

Journal of World Languages

Happy reading!

New Literary Magazine Launch!

“Wistful,” by Jeff Howard, published in RAMBLE. April 16, 2020. Used by permission.

We are excited to announce the launch of Issue 1 of RAMBLE, a new literary magazine! The issue features poetry and prose composed by Georgia Tech students from multiple disciplines, as well as multiple cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Jeff Howard, Kendra Slayton, and Alok Amatya, who are all Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellows, members of the Writing and Communication Program, and professional consultants in the Naugle CommLab, are the editors of this issue. We hope you enjoy reading it!

Note: One of our contributors, Caroline Dowell-Esquivel, was recently interviewed by Aaron Colton for TECHStylean online publication on multimodal pedagogy and research.

Conversation Hour from 6-7 p.m. on March 25!

Dr. Kendra Slayton, professional consultant, Naugle CommLab
Dr. Robert Griffin, ELL Specialist, Naugle CommLab

If you are learning to speak English and want more opportunities to practice, come hang out with us! From 6-7 p.m. on March 25, 2020, the Naugle CommLab will be hosting an informal conversation hour for anyone wanting to practice English conversation skills and have fun meeting other students while they do it. Dr. Rob Griffin and Dr. Kendra Slayton organize this monthly event, which is a collaboration between the Naugle CommLab and the Georgia Tech International Ambassadors. Snacks will be provided.