Tag Archives: L2 writing

Music and Writing

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

Music can evoke powerful emotions and memories in human beings. We love a particular piece, or we hate it strongly, or it brings us back to a place and time. Music can also put us into a mindset for writing … Continue reading

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Teaching Workplace Writing

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

Much of our discussions of writing instruction revolves around academic writing and preparing students for their future studies, from high school to university to graduate school. But few of our students plan to become professors, so it’s important for writing … Continue reading

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Activities for Teaching Writing to Young Learners

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

When we learn a new language, writing is often the last skill we focus on. Listening and speaking take priority, and reading can be integrated into textbook exercises as we learn grammar, for example. Writing may be neglected because of … Continue reading

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Researching Second Language Writing

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

As writing teachers, we read research other people have conducted. During our studies, professors assigned us journal articles and books describing observations of classrooms, analyses of students’ written texts, and interviews with teachers about their work. If you are like … Continue reading

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Professional Written Communication: Positioning Yourself for Maximum Effect

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

This blog post is a guest post by Gerriet Janssen, associate professor at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. Last year, when I was a Fulbright Scholar in Chile, I visited Colombia and facilitated several workshops on academic writing for … Continue reading

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Collect, Select, Reflect: Portfolios for L2 Writing Assessment

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

Portfolios for assessing students’ writing have been around a long time, but I believe it’s worth another visit, particularly given the tools we now have available online for collecting and sharing our work. What Is a Portfolio? A portfolio is … Continue reading

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Graduate Students and L2 Writing

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

Much discussion on academic writing revolves around undergraduate students and their transitions from secondary school into university. Despite the large numbers of international students enrolled in U.S. institutions—nearly 400,000 in 2016-17, according to the Migration Policy Institute (Zong & Batalova, 2018), … Continue reading

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Keeping Up With Issues of Plagiarism

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

Academic writing involves extensive interaction between writers and texts. Writers develop their arguments out of other writers’ ideas and use published sources to both support and refute perspectives. Examine almost any academic journal article, and you will see references and … Continue reading

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