Tag Archives: second language writing

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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Making Discussion Boards More Engaging

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

With the world’s education systems shifting to online instruction as the COVID-19 pandemic continues into a new academic year, teachers need to think carefully about how we can maintain the interactive features we value in face-to-face classes without endangering our … 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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Finding Audiences Beyond the Classroom

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

Why do we write? For my dissertation, I spent a year observing high school English language classes and talking with the students and teachers about writing. One thing that struck me in these interviews was how rarely the students saw … Continue reading

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Networking for English Language Teachers and Researchers

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

What is networking? Networking is commonly defined as an act of making connections with other people, usually toward some kind of personal or professional purposes. Google’s Ngram Viewer shows the word as being almost unheard of until the 1970s and … Continue reading

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Teaching Writing Online

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

Events of the past month have led to a dramatic change in how we teach our classes. Most college and university programs in North America and elsewhere in the world have suddenly shifted instruction to online formats, with teachers asked … Continue reading

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Writing-Focused Sessions at TESOL 2020

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

March means it’s almost time for the annual TESOL Convention, which this year will take place in vibrant Denver, Colorado. If you are attending the Convention, you have myriad opportunities to participate in workshops and listen to speakers talking about … Continue reading

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Developing Reflective Writing With L2 Learners

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

As we enter a new year, many people look back over the previous year and set goals for the coming one. This process is called reflection and is a deeply human trait—but how we express our thoughts may be different … Continue reading

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