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Writing a Dissertation: Tips From Former PhD Students (Part 1)

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Thinking back to the beginning of my doctoral studies, I remember having an enormous fear of writing a dissertation. Everything appeared to be intimidating: choosing a topic, collecting data, analyzing and interpreting results, writing chapters, and, of course, defending the … Continue reading

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20 Inspirational Quotes for Writing Motivation

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Getting students excited about writing may not always be easy. Some may see writing as an overwhelming, dull, and difficult task. Others may feel stuck on a certain stage in their writing process. Yet others may not know how to … Continue reading

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Feedback in Writing Teacher Education: 3 Suggestions

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

I’d like to continue my conversation about implementing issues related to feedback into teacher training/education programs. In today’s post, I provide three ideas that writing teacher educators can use in their preparatory courses: 1) helping teachers develop their philosophies about … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Avoid Appropriating Student Writing

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

When I first started teaching writing, I remember asking myself questions that Joy Reid addressed in her article “Responding to ESL Students’ Texts: The Myths of Appropriation” (1994): “When might I interfere with their objectives or crush their creativity? In … Continue reading

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Graduate Student Voices: Writing as a Nonnative Speaker

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

As a nonnative speaker of English, I know that writing in a second language might be challenging, particularly when it comes to academic discourse. A considerable body of research in our field provides numerous suggestions on how to help undergraduate … Continue reading

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Do We Need More Studies on Teacher Feedback?

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

An impressive amount of research has been done on teacher response to L2 student writing. It seems like feedback scholars have taken nearly all possible directions trying to understand this “controversial yet ubiquitous pedagogical issue” (Ferris, 2004, p. 49). However, … Continue reading

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Preparing Students for Discipline-Specific Writing

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Last semester, one of my students in my introductory composition course wrote a paper on the production and use of industrial and biological nitrogen fixation fertilizers. For the first time in my teaching experience, I felt that I had to … Continue reading

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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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