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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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Online Resources: From Sentence to Essay

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In some parts of the world, the summer is slowly moving to its end, and many of us are preparing for the new academic year. Some of us are going to continue teaching ESL writing and thus have most likely … Continue reading

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Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” a quote from Leonardo da Vinci, for me refers to the simplicity of language, which I would like to reflect on in today’s blog entry. I’ll start with a personal experience. When I was working on … Continue reading

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Great Grammar & Academic Writing Resources for Advanced ELLs

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

In my last blog post, I offered a quick overview of six grammar websites that I have found consistently helpful to high-beginners and intermediate students looking for additional grammar practice outside of class. This week, we’ll look at several websites … Continue reading

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