Tag Archives: ESL writing

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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Effective Peer Feedback Through Modeling: Part 2

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In my last blog, I shared a modeling activity that writing teachers can do to help students analyze each other’s writing and make more out of peer review activities.  Today, I would like to describe a modeling activity that uses … Continue reading

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Effective Peer Feedback Through Modeling: Part 1

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Peer review has long been regarded as beneficial practice in the teaching of writing.  In North American educational settings, learners are often asked to provide feedback on each other’s papers.  However, when international students come to study either in intensive … Continue reading

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4 World Cup Writing Activities

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

As World Cup 2014 is about to start, we, teachers, can create interesting and motivating activities to make this popular event a part of our courses.  Like many people in Russia (and Europe), I enjoy watching soccer games, and in … Continue reading

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Hiking is Fun! The National Park Service Website for ESL Writing

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

I have always associated summers with being outside, somewhere in nature, spending time at a lake, going on a hike, and sitting by a campfire.  Since I came to the United States, I have not spent a single summer without … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Stop the Music! Using Music in a Writing Class

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

As many of us know, music is a great tool for teaching English.  It provides wonderful grammar exercises, opportunities for practicing listening skills, and topics for class discussions.  Moreover, reflecting social values, ideologies, daily life, and human relationships, music provides … Continue reading

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Teaching Intros and Conclusions to ELLs Without a Safety Net

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Guest Author

A Guest Post by Walton Burns Walton Burns has taught English for 13 years, starting in the Peace Corps in Vanuautu. Since then, he’s worked around the world. His  students have been Kazakh oil executives, Afghan high school students, and Chinese … Continue reading

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Teaching About Audience Through Public Service Announcements

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

As I mentioned in some of my previous posts, the concept of audience is not always easy to comprehend for second language writers.  And even when students seem to have an idea what this term means conceptually, they may still … Continue reading

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