Tag Archives: ESL writing

Email Writing: 10 Classroom Activities

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Today, I’ll share a few activities that you can use for helping students write an email in English. Activity 1 Compose two columns. In one column, write several phrases from different types of emails, and in the other column write … Continue reading

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5 Free Resources for Teaching Punctuation

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In today’s blog, I will describe five online resources that you can use to help your students learn more about the use of punctuation marks in their writing. 1. Guide to Grammar and Writing This resource can be useful for preparing your … Continue reading

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Deferred Self-Correction

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

Today I’m going to discuss a technique that I’m calling deferred self-correction (an entirely forlackofabetterword term; don’t google it; four hits; other suggestions welcome). I’ve been using this technique for a long time but never really gave it much thought … Continue reading

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3 New Year’s Activities

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Happy New Year! It’s a great time to start a new semester with a holiday-related activity that would help your students to get to know each other and practice English. I thought I would share a few activities that you … Continue reading

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In Defense of the 5-Paragraph Essay

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

In a recent post over at Talks With Teachers, Brian Sztabnik puts a price on the head of the 5-paragraph essay. Torch it, bury it, at all costs, make it go away. Why this bounty? Well, the gist of the … Continue reading

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7 Principles of Written Feedback

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

A few weeks ago, the TESOL Second Language Writing Interest Section had a webinar on written feedback, monitored by Dana Ferris—the author of multiple books and articles on response to student writing. I found the webinar extremely helpful, and I … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Make the Most of Written Feedback

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

Do you remember getting papers back from your English or composition teachers that were covered in red ink? Did you take the time to decode each individual marking, consider every error, and diligently redraft your paper until it was flawless? … Continue reading

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15 Free Resources for Teaching High Frequency Vocabulary

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

And yet another blog on vocabulary resources. Today’s theme is high frequency vocabulary. Below is a list of resources for beginning and low-intermediate level students that can provide teachers with vocabulary worksheets, games, activities, and quizzes. 1. Innovati Vocab This great … Continue reading

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Tutoring ESL Writers: 8 Strategies

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Tutoring second language writers has a lot in common with teaching writing in the classroom. However, there are a number of things to keep in mind when working with students one-on-one. Here is a list of strategies that I learned from … Continue reading

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Analyzing Rhetorical Situations: Maps, Travel Guides, Bus Schedules…

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Today I’d like to share a simple activity that can help students better understand the concept of genre as well as the other components of rhetorical situation (e.g., purpose, audience, tone, and medium). This activity requires minimum preparation, and the … Continue reading

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