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Focus on Cultural Education: A Writing Activity

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Living in a foreign country can be difficult if one doesn’t understand many of the cultural concepts that “locals” sometimes use on a daily basis.  When I came to the United States a few years ago, I realized how little … Continue reading

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Effective Peer Feedback Through Modeling: Part 2

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In my last blog, I shared a modeling activity that writing teachers can do to help students analyze each other’s writing and make more out of peer review activities.  Today, I would like to describe a modeling activity that uses … Continue reading

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Effective Peer Feedback Through Modeling: Part 1

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Peer review has long been regarded as beneficial practice in the teaching of writing.  In North American educational settings, learners are often asked to provide feedback on each other’s papers.  However, when international students come to study either in intensive … Continue reading

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Teaching Intros and Conclusions to ELLs Without a Safety Net

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Guest Author

A Guest Post by Walton Burns Walton Burns has taught English for 13 years, starting in the Peace Corps in Vanuautu. Since then, he’s worked around the world. His  students have been Kazakh oil executives, Afghan high school students, and Chinese … Continue reading

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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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