Tag Archives: ESL writing

6 Websites for Learning English Idioms

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

When you ask university-level English language learners how they would like to improve their English, many of them say they want to use more idiomatic expressions. Unfortunately, teachers seem to rarely have time to explicitly teach idioms in class. Luckily, … Continue reading

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Using Journals and Magazines to Teach About Audience

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Today I’d like to share two simple activities that can help second language writers apply the concept of audience. The first activity is suitable for students of intermediate and higher levels of proficiency; the second one is designed for beginners … Continue reading

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New Year Resolutions: More Classroom Activities

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

New Year is a perfect time to set new goals and make personal promises. Perhaps at least once in our life, each of us makes New Year resolutions. And I believe it’s not just a cultural concept—most people consider New … Continue reading

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English as a Global Language: 4 Academic Journals

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

After publishing a blog presenting several journals in the fields of second language acquisition and English teaching, I received a few emails from TESOL community members asking me to continue introducing more journals in the field. So back to academic journals! … Continue reading

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Halloween Writing: A Scary Jumble Story

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Many teachers are familiar with a jumble story writing activity. There can be several variations to it depending on what the lesson is focused on. In the past, I used this activity to practice certain grammar principles, the use of … Continue reading

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Demystifying Audience and Genre: A Classroom Activity

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

The concepts of audience and genre tend to be challenging for second language writers. Even when students seem to understand them theoretically, they struggle applying their knowledge to practice. We can help them demystify these concepts through simple classroom activities. … Continue reading

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Excellent Academic Journals to Stay Up-to-Date in EL Writing

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In one of my previous blog posts, I introduced five journals concerned with different issues in second language writing.  There are obviously other academic journals in the field that publish articles related both to research in second language writing and … Continue reading

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Expressing an Opinion Through Scavenger Hunt

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

And once again—a scavenger hunt!  From my experience—and perhaps I am just lucky—student tend to enjoy activities based on the scavenger hunt idea.  It gives them a chance to do something different from mundane classroom activities.  While accomplishing a task, … Continue reading

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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

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Focus on Cultural Education: A Writing Activity

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Living in a foreign country can be difficult if one doesn’t understand many of the cultural concepts that “locals” sometimes use on a daily basis.  When I came to the United States a few years ago, I realized how little … Continue reading

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