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Using Proverbs in a Writing Class

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

When I was little, I used to have a book with a collection of Russian proverbs and sayings.  I remember being absolutely fascinated by the depth of knowledge and wisdom that I discovered on the pages of that book.  Those … Continue reading

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6 Ideas for Writing in the Real World

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Do your students feel uncomfortable writing in the real world?  This is a fair concern, and in fact, I can definitely relate to that—when I started to learn English, I was afraid of making mistakes, which oftentimes made me quite … Continue reading

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Reflective Journals: Raising Students’ Awareness of Their Writing Processes

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Reflection as a form of learning is a well-researched concept in second language studies. Through reflection on their own learning styles, the use of strategies, and factors influencing their learning progress, language learners are able to gain a better understanding … Continue reading

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Function-Based Vocabulary Notebooks

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

A few years ago, when I was teaching an intermediate writing course in an intensive English program, one of the experiential objectives of the course was to help students build their vocabulary by having them keep a function-based vocabulary notebook. … Continue reading

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Composing Professional and Academic E-mails

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Sometimes I hear teachers complain about so-called lack of appropriateness of student e-mails, such the absence of a greeting, a signature, or a subject line. The winning award for “the most unprofessional e-mails” goes to those students who simply send … Continue reading

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3 Writing Activities Using New Year Resolutions for ELLs

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

As the end of the year is rapidly approaching, a lot of us start thinking about our New Year resolutions: things we want to change, goals we want to reach, personal qualities we want to develop, places we want to … Continue reading

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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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