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More on Error Correction

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

I am a strange language learner. Unlike most people, I like to be corrected directly and explicitly—I learn best this way. I explain this with my perfectionist nature and the high expectations I have for myself; in other words, a … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Disciplinary Division of Labor

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Matsuda’s (1999) article “Composition Studies and ESL Writing: A Disciplinary Division of Labor” is one of my favorite works in the field, and I think it is equally helpful for professionals in second language studies and composition specialists. It provides … Continue reading

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Lessons From the CCCC Statement on Second Language Writing and Writers

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Two semesters ago, I was interviewed by someone from the Writing Lab here at Purdue University as part of her professionalization project; she needed a second-language learner who could share their experience in writing in English. The interview was focused … Continue reading

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Directed Self‐Placement for Second Language Writers

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Crusan’s (2011) article “The Promise of Directed Self-Placement for Second Language Writers” underscores the advantages of directed self-placement (DSP) methods over so-called “classic” placement approaches, which, as Crusan rightly noted, assume financial expenses and political decisions, and which may not … Continue reading

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Students Reflect: Challenges in the First Year of U.S. College

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Another academic year is close to the end. For many students in my introductory composition course, it was the first time being away from their home countries and families, the first time being in a different culture, and certainly the … Continue reading

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Email Writing: 10 Classroom Activities

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Today, I’ll share a few activities that you can use for helping students write an email in English. Activity 1 Compose two columns. In one column, write several phrases from different types of emails, and in the other column write … Continue reading

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Student Writing Conferences as Relational Activities

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Lately, I have been doing some reading on the interpersonal aspect of student writing conferences. Surprisingly, not much research has been done to look at conference discourse from a relational perspective. Personally, I believe that a writing conference is not … Continue reading

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5 Free Resources for Teaching Punctuation

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In today’s blog, I will describe five online resources that you can use to help your students learn more about the use of punctuation marks in their writing. 1. Guide to Grammar and Writing This resource can be useful for preparing your … Continue reading

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In Defense of My Defense of the 5-Paragraph Essay

Robert Sheppard
Rob Sheppard

I posted last month on what I see to be the value of the five-paragraph essay. Though I was responding to another author’s post, I thought I was making a fairly innocuous and common-sense point: basically, don’t throw the baby … Continue reading

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Distinguishing Facts From Opinions: 3 Activities

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Being able to distinguish facts from opinions is an important skill not only for critical reading, but also for developing a strong argument. In the past few weeks, I have been teaching an argumentative essay in my writing class, and … Continue reading

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