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7 Principles of Written Feedback

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

A few weeks ago, the TESOL Second Language Writing Interest Section had a webinar on written feedback, monitored by Dana Ferris—the author of multiple books and articles on response to student writing. I found the webinar extremely helpful, and I … 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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Teaching Second Conditionals Through Absurd Sentences

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

The second conditional (e.g., If I were, I would…) often causes difficulties even for advanced English learners. This fun and interactive activity will help learners practice this structure. The first part of the activity gives learners a chance to interact … Continue reading

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7 Tips for Using Emotions in Language Learning

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Emotions play an important role in our daily life and interactions. Sometimes, we may feel energetic, motivated, determined, confident, and inspired. But at times, we experience the feelings of indifference, dissatisfaction, and embarrassment. Emotions are crucial in language learning. In … Continue reading

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Google Docs for Collaborative Writing Activities

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Last week, I was preparing a lesson plan for my composition class on how to write a research report. I found a nice description on how to organize and write a research report in one of the textbooks on technical … Continue reading

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15 Free Resources for Teaching High Frequency Vocabulary

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

And yet another blog on vocabulary resources. Today’s theme is high frequency vocabulary. Below is a list of resources for beginning and low-intermediate level students that can provide teachers with vocabulary worksheets, games, activities, and quizzes. 1. Innovati Vocab This great … Continue reading

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Tutoring ESL Writers: 8 Strategies

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Tutoring second language writers has a lot in common with teaching writing in the classroom. However, there are a number of things to keep in mind when working with students one-on-one. Here is a list of strategies that I learned from … Continue reading

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15 Academic Vocabulary Resources

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

“When I write in English, I can’t express myself as well as I do in Spanish/Korean/Japanese.” Most writing instructors hear this statement at least once during their teaching career. A lack of vocabulary is indeed one of the most challenging … Continue reading

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Analyzing Rhetorical Situations: Maps, Travel Guides, Bus Schedules…

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Today I’d like to share a simple activity that can help students better understand the concept of genre as well as the other components of rhetorical situation (e.g., purpose, audience, tone, and medium). This activity requires minimum preparation, and the … Continue reading

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Getting to Know Each Other Through a Single Word

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

During the first week of classes, it is important to establish a warm and collaborative atmosphere in the classroom and help students to get to know each other. Surely, there are a lot of “getting-to-know-you” activities and icebreakers that teachers … Continue reading

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