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7 Professional Organizations Devoted to Writing

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Being a member of a professional organization, such as TESOL, gives me a variety of opportunities for professional development. Annual conventions, online workshops and programs, publications, and communicating with the TESOL community through listservs—all of these can be valuable resources … Continue reading

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The Bright Future of Second Language Writing

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

I always enjoy hearing the voices of those who have been in the field for a number of years and who have contributed to the growth of knowledge in it. For example, conference colloquia or panels where prominent scholars gather … Continue reading

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Google Docs for Collaborative Writing Activities

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Last week, I was preparing a lesson plan for my composition class on how to write a research report. I found a nice description on how to organize and write a research report in one of the textbooks on technical … Continue reading

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Speed Paraphrasing

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Learning how to paraphrase is a crucial academic writing skill. Teaching paraphrasing is also a great way to teach critical thinking skills, because the struggle to write a succinct paraphrase forces students to wrestle with the underlying meaning of a writer’s … Continue reading

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Professionalizing L2 Writing: A Symposium

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

The 13th Symposium on Second Language Writing, which was held in Tempe, Arizona, just came to the end, and I’d like to share some of my thoughts and observations. The title of the symposium this year was “Professionalizing Second Language … Continue reading

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Effective Peer Feedback Through Modeling: Part 2

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In my last blog, I shared a modeling activity that writing teachers can do to help students analyze each other’s writing and make more out of peer review activities.  Today, I would like to describe a modeling activity that uses … Continue reading

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Are You a Tech Addict? A Writing & Speaking Activity

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Smartphones are now so ubiquitous in adult ESL classrooms that the relationship between students and their phones is always an engaging conversation topic.  Even more important, it’s a great way to help student practice one of the most challenging speaking … Continue reading

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Using Proverbs in a Writing Class

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

When I was little, I used to have a book with a collection of Russian proverbs and sayings.  I remember being absolutely fascinated by the depth of knowledge and wisdom that I discovered on the pages of that book.  Those … Continue reading

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6 Ideas for Writing in the Real World

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Do your students feel uncomfortable writing in the real world?  This is a fair concern, and in fact, I can definitely relate to that—when I started to learn English, I was afraid of making mistakes, which oftentimes made me quite … Continue reading

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Helping Students Write for a Real Audience: Travel Blogs

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

As I mentioned in one of my previous blogs, the concept of audience seems to be quite challenging to grasp for second language writers. One of these challenges may be rooted in the lack of ability to link their knowledge … Continue reading

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