Member Spotlight: Joan M. Saslow
TAA member Joan M. Saslow is an independent author concentrating entirely on authorship of English language teaching materials.
Her most recent publication is Summit: English for Today’s World, coauthored with Allen Ascher and published by Pearson, now in its third edition. She has also published the Top Notch series (coauthored with Allen Ascher) now in its third edition, and the following titles, all of which are multi-level series with multimedia: Teen2Teen (4-level series with Allen Ascher, Oxford University Press) Ready to Go: Language Lifeskills, Civics (4-level series, Pearson) Workplace Plus: Living and Working in English (4-level series, Pearson) Literacy Plus (2-level series, Pearson), and English in Context: Reading Comprehension for Science and Technology (3-level series, Prentice-Hall).
What are you currently working on?
My coauthor, Allen Ascher, and I are currently developing two new digital enhancements to our published courses. These will be out in early 2018.
Share a recent accomplishment.
We’re very proud to have published a third edition of our Summit series earlier this year.
What is your favorite textbook writing tip or strategy?
My favorite strategy is a very simple one–don’t let a second sun set on a manuscript before continuing. Remain engaged every day, even if it isn’t for a full day, in order to maintain the continuity of the pedagogical development of a teaching text.
What is your best TAA experience so far?
I enjoy the webinars and the quality of what they have brought me.