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


MATSOL Currents Spring/Summer 2019


  • President’s Message
  • MATSOL’s 2019 Annual Conference
  • Elections to the MATSOL Board of Directors
  • MATSOL Staff Changes
  • What’s Happening in MATSOL’s SIGs
  • MATSOL at TESOL 2019

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  • Join a MATSOL Sub-Committee or Task Force
  • Submit to MATSOL Publications


  • Amidst the Gloom of Spring, Brighter Days for Adult Education: A Report from the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education (MCAE) - JEFF MCLYNCH


  • The Importance of Play in the Language Development of Early Childhood ELs - CORRINNA HORTON
  • Engaging Students: More Than Just a Riddle & No Joke! - KATHY LOBO
  • A Family Engagement Project: Teaching and Learning From EL Parents - EMILY SPITZMAN & ALEXANDRA DEMA
  • Challenging Deficit Perspectives of Multilingual Learners in Everyday Talk - KATHRYN ACCURSO, STEPHANI LOPEZ RODRIGUEZ, & ALICIA LOPEZ
  • Integrating Advocacy for ELs into Teacher Education Programs - STEPHANIE GARRONE-SHUFRAN
  • Teacher Preparedness and Perspectives on Teaching English Language Learners in a State with a Rapidly Growing EL Population - ANDREA STAIRS-DAVENPORT & MEAGHAN BRADBURY


  • Experiences of a First-Year ESL Teacher - SUMEYRA GOK


  • The Mursion Simulation Scenario for Practicing Parent Engagement Techniques REVIEWED BY ALEXANDRA DEMA, EMILY SPITZMAN, JEANNE INGLE, ANDREA CAYSON, & GIA RENAUD
  • The Secret of Clouds - REVIEWED BY EILEEN R. FELDMAN

Submit to MATSOL Currents

There’s a lot going on in the world of TESOL and EL education, and we’d like all of it to be reflected in Currents! We welcome reviews of books and materials, reports on meetings and events, personal experience accounts, and articles on everything of interest to MATSOL members: adult education, PreK-12 education, bilingual and dual-language programs, ESL in higher education, educator-preparation programs,  Intensive English Programs, and private language schools.

We are interested in articles on teaching ideas, community outreach, professional-development initiatives, profiles or interviews of significant figures, and discussion of issues that our members should be aware of. We’d also love to publish stories from students— about their adjustment to life in New England and their experiences learning English in our English-language programs and elsewhere. We welcome articles with scholarly content as well as those that share interesting experiences or give practical advice.

If you have something to share, don’t hesitate to send it to us at [email protected]. The editors will work with you to get your article or report into good shape for publication.

MATSOL also wants to support our members who have not yet had their writing published. If you have an idea for an article or review, but are not sure how to develop it, please write to Editor Mary Clark at [email protected] and she will be happy to provide feedback.

Please refer to our submission guidelines for more details and ideas: Web page / Print PDF alt

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

Send submissions to [email protected]

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The MATSOL Publications Committee is seeking new members. The Committee is responsible for editing and publishing two issues of MATSOL Currents each year (Spring and Fall). More information...