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Using Proverbs in a Writing Class

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

When I was little, I used to have a book with a collection of Russian proverbs and sayings.  I remember being absolutely fascinated by the depth of knowledge and wisdom that I discovered on the pages of that book.  Those … Continue reading

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Live From TESOL 2014: Day 3: The Learning Goes On!

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Elena Shvidko is blogging live from Portland during the 2014 convention. Look for her posts! Once again, greetings from Portland! Today is the third day of the convention, and it seems like the energy is not fading away!  There are … Continue reading

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Reflective Journals: Raising Students’ Awareness of Their Writing Processes

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Reflection as a form of learning is a well-researched concept in second language studies. Through reflection on their own learning styles, the use of strategies, and factors influencing their learning progress, language learners are able to gain a better understanding … Continue reading

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Function-Based Vocabulary Notebooks

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

A few years ago, when I was teaching an intermediate writing course in an intensive English program, one of the experiential objectives of the course was to help students build their vocabulary by having them keep a function-based vocabulary notebook. … Continue reading

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Composing Professional and Academic E-mails

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Sometimes I hear teachers complain about so-called lack of appropriateness of student e-mails, such the absence of a greeting, a signature, or a subject line. The winning award for “the most unprofessional e-mails” goes to those students who simply send … Continue reading

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Using Superstitions for Practicing Cause-Effect Phrases

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

As we all know, our classes do not provide enough time for students to practice English. Therefore, we hope they will use it outside the classroom whether they live in an English-speaking country or in a so-called EFL environment. Whereas … Continue reading

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ESL Writing: Determine Essay Audience Using a Class Survey

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

The concept of audience is crucial when writing an argumentative paper. Students should be able to understand that their awareness of their audience will help them effectively formulate their claim as well as select appropriate evidence. I usually introduce three … Continue reading

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Another Peer Review Activity for ELLs

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

And yet another peer review activity! I used this activity just today during a group writing conference with my students. At the beginning I was somewhat hesitant, as I thought the activity might restrict students’ freedom in providing feedback on … Continue reading

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Scavenger Hunt for ELL Peer Review

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Teaching an evening class can surely be exhausting not only for teachers, but also for students. When I started teaching a freshmen composition course last year, my class (which met every day, from Monday to Friday) started at 4:30 and … Continue reading

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The Rhetorical Situation: An Interactive Classroom Activity

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

The concept of rhetorical situation is not easy to grasp for even the most advanced ESL writers. Even when they seem to understand it conceptually, they still may have a hard time applying it to their own writing. The interactive … Continue reading

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