Tag Archives: second language writing

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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Teaching Writing to Young Learners: 10 Online Resources

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Today I will share a few websites that contain helpful resources and materials for teaching writing to young learners. 1. Creative Writing Teacher Resources This collection of printables, graphic organizers, lesson plans, and activities helps teachers to build learner’ creative … Continue reading

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5 Free Resources for Teaching Punctuation

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In today’s blog, I will describe five online resources that you can use to help your students learn more about the use of punctuation marks in their writing. 1. Guide to Grammar and Writing This resource can be useful for preparing your … Continue reading

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In Defense of My Defense of the 5-Paragraph Essay

Robert Sheppard
Rob Sheppard

I posted last month on what I see to be the value of the five-paragraph essay. Though I was responding to another author’s post, I thought I was making a fairly innocuous and common-sense point: basically, don’t throw the baby … Continue reading

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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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