Tag Archives: academic writing

Developing Reflective Writing With L2 Learners

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

As we enter a new year, many people look back over the previous year and set goals for the coming one. This process is called reflection and is a deeply human trait—but how we express our thoughts may be different … Continue reading

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Professional Written Communication: Positioning Yourself for Maximum Effect

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

This blog post is a guest post by Gerriet Janssen, associate professor at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. Last year, when I was a Fulbright Scholar in Chile, I visited Colombia and facilitated several workshops on academic writing for … Continue reading

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Collect, Select, Reflect: Portfolios for L2 Writing Assessment

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

Portfolios for assessing students’ writing have been around a long time, but I believe it’s worth another visit, particularly given the tools we now have available online for collecting and sharing our work. What Is a Portfolio? A portfolio is … Continue reading

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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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