Tag Archives: ELL writing

Linking Writing to ELs’ Lives Using Quickwrites

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Recently, I came across a mention of quickwrites (QWs) on Twitter. I immediately felt that they were a  terrific way to support English learners (ELs) as they learn to write. According to Linda Reif, author of The Quickwrite Handbook: 100 … Continue reading

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Linking Writing to ELs’ Lives Using Quickwrites

Keeping Up With Issues of Plagiarism

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

Academic writing involves extensive interaction between writers and texts. Writers develop their arguments out of other writers’ ideas and use published sources to both support and refute perspectives. Examine almost any academic journal article, and you will see references and … Continue reading

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Trends in SLW: Electronic Forms of Response

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

It’s a never-ending issue for anyone who teaches writing: How do I provide my students with enough feedback that they can learn and improve their skills without spending so much time that I can’t do anything else in my life? … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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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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

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