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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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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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Directed Self‐Placement for Second Language Writers

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Crusan’s (2011) article “The Promise of Directed Self-Placement for Second Language Writers” underscores the advantages of directed self-placement (DSP) methods over so-called “classic” placement approaches, which, as Crusan rightly noted, assume financial expenses and political decisions, and which may not … Continue reading

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Email Writing: 10 Classroom Activities

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Today, I’ll share a few activities that you can use for helping students write an email in English. Activity 1 Compose two columns. In one column, write several phrases from different types of emails, and in the other column write … Continue reading

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5 Free Resources for Teaching Punctuation

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In today’s blog, I will describe five online resources that you can use to help your students learn more about the use of punctuation marks in their writing. 1. Guide to Grammar and Writing This resource can be useful for preparing your … Continue reading

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Deferred Self-Correction

Robert Sheppard
Rob Sheppard

Today I’m going to discuss a technique that I’m calling deferred self-correction (an entirely forlackofabetterword term; don’t google it; four hits; other suggestions welcome). I’ve been using this technique for a long time but never really gave it much thought … Continue reading

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3 New Year’s Activities

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Happy New Year! It’s a great time to start a new semester with a holiday-related activity that would help your students to get to know each other and practice English. I thought I would share a few activities that you … Continue reading

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In Defense of the 5-Paragraph Essay

Robert Sheppard
Rob Sheppard

In a recent post over at Talks With Teachers, Brian Sztabnik puts a price on the head of the 5-paragraph essay. Torch it, bury it, at all costs, make it go away. Why this bounty? Well, the gist of the … Continue reading

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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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5 Ways to Make the Most of Written Feedback

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

Do you remember getting papers back from your English or composition teachers that were covered in red ink? Did you take the time to decode each individual marking, consider every error, and diligently redraft your paper until it was flawless? … Continue reading

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