Tag Archives: ESL writing

Writing-Related PD in the TESOL Resource Center

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

With summer break a reality for many teachers in North America, you might be thinking about professional development and wanting new ideas to infuse in your teaching after the holidays. Now is when you actually have time to devote to … Continue reading

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Collaborative Writing for ELLs

Greg Kessler
Greg Kessler

Collaborative writing practices are necessary and common in today’s workplaces. This has become increasingly more important as collaborative writing tools and environments continue to evolve and make it easier for more people to simultaneously construct text with others. Users are … Continue reading

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Creative Writing in a Second Language

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

Many of us spend our time teaching writing for academic purposes, preparing students for high-stakes exams or for admission to a higher level of academic study. We focus on elements of writing that will show students know how to organize … Continue reading

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On Campus and Beyond: From Speaking to Writing, Part 2

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In my previous blog (Part 1), I provided a few suggestions on how speaking activities from two units in the ESL speaking class that I taught this summer could be adjusted and implemented in a writing course. My goal was … Continue reading

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Writing a Dissertation: Tips From Former PhD Students (Part 1)

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Thinking back to the beginning of my doctoral studies, I remember having an enormous fear of writing a dissertation. Everything appeared to be intimidating: choosing a topic, collecting data, analyzing and interpreting results, writing chapters, and, of course, defending the … Continue reading

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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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