Finishing up this academic year, I am starting a different, small, yet enjoyable, journey as a TESOL blogger. My name is Elena Shvidko. I originally come from Russia, and I have been in the United States for 7 years pursuing my education.
In these entries, I hope to address a variety of topics on the teaching of second language writing, and share my own writing experiences as well as those of my students. I will also share my teaching ideas and activities for classroom implementation as well as online resources that may be helpful for those of us who teach L2 writing. I hope that we will have interesting and stimulating discussions, and I am looking forward to your insights, questions, and ideas.
Being in the TESOL field for several years both as a student and a teacher, I am amazed how diverse this professional field is and how rapid the changes occur both in methodology and in the different areas of interest. I especially appreciate the opportunity to be involved in this community of TESOL professionals, exchange research and teaching ideas, stay in tune with the emerging trends in the field, and enjoy networking experiences. For the past several years, I enjoyed the privilege of participating in the annual TESOL conventions both as an attendee and as a presenter. I largely owe my professional growth to the expertise of the members of this academic community.
This blog is yet another venue for us, language educators, to participate in a more informal interaction with each other. I am glad to become a TESOL blogger, and I hope that my academic background and professional experiences can contribute to this blog and help it meet its purposes.