Tag Archives: ESL writing

Getting to Know Each Other Through a Single Word

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

During the first week of classes, it is important to establish a warm and collaborative atmosphere in the classroom and help students to get to know each other. Surely, there are a lot of “getting-to-know-you” activities and icebreakers that teachers … Continue reading

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Developing Writing Skills Through Personal Journals

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

A few years ago, when I was studying English in an intensive English program, I asked my writing instructor what I could do to improve my writing skills. I had a hard time coming up with ideas, so I asked … Continue reading

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Audience Awareness: An Interactive Group Activity

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

This is yet another interactive activity that may help learners better understand the concept of audience (readers), the importance of the writer’s background knowledge about their audience, as well as the importance of writer-reader relationships. For this activity, you will need … Continue reading

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2 Visual Metaphors to Teach About Sentences

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In my last blog, I introduced several visual metaphors that teachers can use to explain difficult concepts related to academic writing. Today I’ll add a couple more to the list. Multilayer Cake (Types of Sentences) I am a big fan … Continue reading

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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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