Tag Archives: academic writing

Writing for Professional Development

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

So far in my posts about second language writing, I have focused on topics about teaching writing to language learners. As writing teachers, however, we owe it ourselves and our students to be writers as well as teachers of writing, … Continue reading

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Graduate Students and L2 Writing

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

Much discussion on academic writing revolves around undergraduate students and their transitions from secondary school into university. Despite the large numbers of international students enrolled in U.S. institutions—nearly 400,000 in 2016-17, according to the Migration Policy Institute (Zong & Batalova, 2018), … Continue reading

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Keeping Up With Issues of Plagiarism

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

Academic writing involves extensive interaction between writers and texts. Writers develop their arguments out of other writers’ ideas and use published sources to both support and refute perspectives. Examine almost any academic journal article, and you will see references and … Continue reading

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Writing-Related PD in the TESOL Resource Center

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

With summer break a reality for many teachers in North America, you might be thinking about professional development and wanting new ideas to infuse in your teaching after the holidays. Now is when you actually have time to devote to … Continue reading

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Peer Response: 3 Ways to Foster Useful Feedback

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

Teachers worldwide lament the amount of time and effort it takes to give students feedback on their writing. We know it’s helpful for students to hear from readers on a regular basis as they draft and revise their texts, but … Continue reading

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Trends in SLW: Electronic Forms of Response

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

It’s a never-ending issue for anyone who teaches writing: How do I provide my students with enough feedback that they can learn and improve their skills without spending so much time that I can’t do anything else in my life? … Continue reading

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On Campus and Beyond: From Speaking to Writing, Part 2

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In my previous blog (Part 1), I provided a few suggestions on how speaking activities from two units in the ESL speaking class that I taught this summer could be adjusted and implemented in a writing course. My goal was … Continue reading

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On Campus and Beyond: From Speaking to Writing, Part 1

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

I have just finished teaching a summer ESL course entitled “Cross-Cultural Talk”—a speaking class that focuses on language fluency at a low-intermediate level of language proficiency. Because I always try to help my students to become more familiar with the … Continue reading

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