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Writing-to-Learn Activities

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Many of you are probably familiar with writing-to-learn (WTL) activities—“Short, impromptu or otherwise informal writing tasks that help students think through key concepts or ideas presented in a course. Often, these writing tasks are limited to less than five minutes … 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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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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Stay Up-to-Date in EL Writing: Five Great Journals

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

I truly enjoy attending professional conferences. They give me a good feel of current trends in the field and provide me with invaluable pedagogical and research ideas. However, attending a conference does not always seem feasible. Luckily, a wealth of … Continue reading

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L2 Writers: Difficulties in Mainstream Composition Classrooms

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Several weeks ago, I addressed the topic of the placement of international students in first-year composition classes in the institutions of higher education. Several options were mentioned including mainstream classes, basic writing classes, and courses designed specifically for L2 writers … Continue reading

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Delicious Writing Activities: Using Food in the Classroom

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

The modern world provides ESL writing teachers with a great quantity of excellent materials and resources that help them create lesson plans with a variety of motivating activities. Without manuals, workbooks, and Internet resources, the current generation of writing teachers … 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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Writing Activities for ELLs: Getting to Know You

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

While preparing for the beginning of the new semester and planning my first teaching week, I thought it would be a good idea to share in my blog some getting-to-know-you activities that can be implemented in a writing class. Those … Continue reading

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