Tag Archives: ELL writing

4 Ways to Help ELLs Self-Assess Their Writing

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

As part of my TESOL MA program, I had to take a language testing class. One of the hardest tasks of the course was—believe it or not—working in a group with other graduate students to create a writing test. Some … Continue reading

Posted in TESOL Blog | Tagged as , , , , , | 1 Comment

Why We Still Won’t Teach the 5-Paragraph Essay

Guest Author
Guest Author

A guest post by Nigel A. Caplan and Luciana C. de Oliveira In this blog, Nigel and Luciana address a recent post by Robert Sheppard, which defended the teaching of the 5-paragraph essay in ELT. Nigel’s son, a second grader, recently brought home … Continue reading

Posted in TESOL Blog | Tagged as , , , , | 16 Comments

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

Posted in TESOL Blog | Tagged as , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in TESOL Blog | Tagged as , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Developing Writing Skills Through Personal Journals: Part 2

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In today’s blog, I continue describing strategies for keeping a personal journal. In my last blog, I referred to personal journals as a tool for improving writing fluency and overcoming the problem of not knowing what to write about. As … Continue reading

Posted in TESOL Blog | Tagged as , , , , , | Leave a comment

Easy Answers for Open-Ended Questions in ELT

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

I took a deep breath when I heard the announcement: Our school wanted to emphasize open-ended questions in all classes. Teachers would spend less time asking questions that could be answered with a simple term or a “true/false,” as is … Continue reading

Posted in TESOL Blog | Tagged as , , , , , | Leave a comment

Getting-to-Know-You Writing Activity: Using Names

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In many schools and educational programs around the world, the end of summer is considered to be the beginning of a new academic year.  For us, teachers, this period involves lots of preparation, including designing a course syllabus, developing lessons … Continue reading

Posted in TESOL Blog | Tagged as , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Please Don’t Stop the Music! Using Music in a Writing Class

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

As many of us know, music is a great tool for teaching English.  It provides wonderful grammar exercises, opportunities for practicing listening skills, and topics for class discussions.  Moreover, reflecting social values, ideologies, daily life, and human relationships, music provides … Continue reading

Posted in TESOL Blog | Tagged as , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Teaching Nonfiction Writing to Beginning English Learners

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

It is essential that  English learners (ELs) are  taught to write from the time they first learn English. I have always been convinced that English learners write more comprehensively if they begin with nonfiction reading and writing and their writing … Continue reading

Posted in TESOL Blog | Tagged as , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in TESOL Blog | Tagged as , , , , , , | 1 Comment