Tag Archives: ESL writing

3 Visual Metaphors for Teaching Writing

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Some of the concepts in academic writing that we, teachers, are used to, may be difficult for English language learners to grasp. Using analogies and metaphors is a great way to explain difficult terms related to writing. When I was … Continue reading

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Written Feedback: Using Color-Coded Comments

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Anyone who teaches writing most likely has something to say about responding to student writing. Some might like it and others hate it; some might find it effective while others think it’s pointless. But whatever the views and opinions are, … Continue reading

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20 Teaching Ideas to Decrease Student Lateness

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

When I was teaching in a community English program several years ago as part of my teaching practicum in the MATESOL program, I—as well as some of my fellow graduate students—faced the problem of students coming late to class. As … Continue reading

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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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