Tag Archives: second language writing

Resources for Beginning L2 Writing Teachers

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko
In this post, I’d like to share a few resources that might be helpful for beginning second language (L2) writing instructors. They include books about teaching L2 writing, resources for teachers offered by online writing labs, a professional journal, a … Continue reading
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7 Common Obstacles to Writing

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

What are some of the obstacles that writers face? By talking to my students and other writers and by observing my own writing activities, I came up with the following list: writer’s block writing anxiety procrastination lack of confidence lack … Continue reading

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6 Resources Offered by the TESOL Second Language Writing Interest Section

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

proSOL provides numerous resources and opportunities for teachers to develop as professionals in the field. One of my favorite resources offered is interest sections (ISs). As it says on the TESOL website, interest sections “offer members a supportive community of practice … Continue reading

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Four Suggestions on Implementing Feedback in Writing Teacher Training Courses

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In a previous blog, I described three recommendations for writing teacher education programs on how to incorporate some issues of feedback in teacher preparatory courses. In today’s blog, I provide four more ideas related to the same topic. Once again, … Continue reading

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Learning Collocations for Effective Writing

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In a previous post, I talked about the components of word knowledge, which include meaning, orthography, pronunciation, part of speech, morphology, register, collocations, and connotation. Today I’d like to elaborate on collocations, which I think is one of the most … Continue reading

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Four Games for Practicing Verb Tenses

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Today I’ll share four games that you can implement in your classes to practice verb tenses and make your lesson more fun.

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3 Ways to Avoid Appropriating Student Writing

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

When I first started teaching writing, I remember asking myself questions that Joy Reid addressed in her article “Responding to ESL Students’ Texts: The Myths of Appropriation” (1994): “When might I interfere with their objectives or crush their creativity? In … Continue reading

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Graduate Student Voices: Writing as a Nonnative Speaker

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

As a nonnative speaker of English, I know that writing in a second language might be challenging, particularly when it comes to academic discourse. A considerable body of research in our field provides numerous suggestions on how to help undergraduate … Continue reading

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Do We Need More Studies on Teacher Feedback?

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

An impressive amount of research has been done on teacher response to L2 student writing. It seems like feedback scholars have taken nearly all possible directions trying to understand this “controversial yet ubiquitous pedagogical issue” (Ferris, 2004, p. 49). However, … Continue reading

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Preparing Students for Discipline-Specific Writing

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Last semester, one of my students in my introductory composition course wrote a paper on the production and use of industrial and biological nitrogen fixation fertilizers. For the first time in my teaching experience, I felt that I had to … Continue reading

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