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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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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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