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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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English Language Learners in University Classrooms: Practical Resources for Faculty

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

As language specialists, we may be asked by colleagues from other departments how to better help international students (for the purpose of this blog, I will equate this term with English language learners) in college classrooms. Lots of resources are … Continue reading

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Writing A Dissertation: Tips From Former Ph.D. Students, Part 2

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In my last blog, I featured three young scholars—second language writers—who shared their suggestions on dissertation writing. In this post, I’d like to continue this topic and include tips from three more former graduate students, who, just like the ones … Continue reading

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Writing a Dissertation: Tips From Former PhD Students (Part 1)

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Thinking back to the beginning of my doctoral studies, I remember having an enormous fear of writing a dissertation. Everything appeared to be intimidating: choosing a topic, collecting data, analyzing and interpreting results, writing chapters, and, of course, defending the … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Avoid Appropriating Student Writing

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

When I first started teaching writing, I remember asking myself questions that Joy Reid addressed in her article “Responding to ESL Students’ Texts: The Myths of Appropriation” (1994): “When might I interfere with their objectives or crush their creativity? In … Continue reading

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