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TESOL 2015: Tips for Successful Conference Presentations

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Greetings from Toronto! The 2015 TESOL International Convention has been incredible so far. As always, there is a broad range of presentations and events that the convention organizers have prepared for the attendees. Earlier today, I attended a great presentation … Continue reading

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6 Websites for Learning English Idioms

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

When you ask university-level English language learners how they would like to improve their English, many of them say they want to use more idiomatic expressions. Unfortunately, teachers seem to rarely have time to explicitly teach idioms in class. Luckily, … Continue reading

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10 Steps for a Successful Conference Experience

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

I love attending professional conferences in our field. It’s a place where I can learn from experienced teachers and established scholars, participate in intellectual conversations, share my own teaching ideas, and, of course, meet new people and feel a part … Continue reading

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Building Vocabulary Through Word Parts: 6 Helpful Websites

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Prefixes, suffixes, and roots are very helpful in vocabulary building. If students know the meaning of word parts (especially of Greek and Latin origin), they will more likely be able to understand the meaning of a word in a particular … Continue reading

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7 Online Resources for Learning Vocab With Flashcards

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

One of the most common difficulties that students experience in writing is their lack of vocabulary. Unfortunately, we don’t always have time for vocabulary activities in a writing class. Today I’d like to share a few online resources that can … Continue reading

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Using Journals and Magazines to Teach About Audience

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Today I’d like to share two simple activities that can help second language writers apply the concept of audience. The first activity is suitable for students of intermediate and higher levels of proficiency; the second one is designed for beginners … Continue reading

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New Year Resolutions: More Classroom Activities

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

New Year is a perfect time to set new goals and make personal promises. Perhaps at least once in our life, each of us makes New Year resolutions. And I believe it’s not just a cultural concept—most people consider New … Continue reading

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ELL Students’ Descriptions of Effective Teachers

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

How can we become effective teachers? What do we need to do to better help our students and endow them with necessary skills and strategies, so they can continue obtaining knowledge independently? Receiving proper teacher education, attending professional conferences, observing … Continue reading

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5 Free Online Writing Labs

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

As we all know, the Internet provides a wealth of teaching materials, and many of them are free of charge. There are lots of web-based resources that we, writing teachers, can use to help our students become better writers: websites … Continue reading

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ESL Classroom Routines

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Several years ago, when I was doing my teaching practicum in my MATESOL program, I had the opportunity to teach a community ESL class. Most of my students were immigrants who were taking the course in order to increase their … Continue reading

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