Tag Archives: second language writing

Another Peer Review Activity for ELLs

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

And yet another peer review activity! I used this activity just today during a group writing conference with my students. At the beginning I was somewhat hesitant, as I thought the activity might restrict students’ freedom in providing feedback on … Continue reading

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Scavenger Hunt for ELL Peer Review

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Teaching an evening class can surely be exhausting not only for teachers, but also for students. When I started teaching a freshmen composition course last year, my class (which met every day, from Monday to Friday) started at 4:30 and … Continue reading

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The Rhetorical Situation: An Interactive Classroom Activity

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

The concept of rhetorical situation is not easy to grasp for even the most advanced ESL writers. Even when they seem to understand it conceptually, they still may have a hard time applying it to their own writing. The interactive … Continue reading

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Writing Activities for ELLs: Getting to Know You

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

While preparing for the beginning of the new semester and planning my first teaching week, I thought it would be a good idea to share in my blog some getting-to-know-you activities that can be implemented in a writing class. Those … Continue reading

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The Right Placement for ESL Writers

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In today’s entry, I would like to address the issue of the placement of international students in college composition classes. As we all know, institutions of higher education in the United States host a large number of international students drawn … Continue reading

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Online Resources: From Sentence to Essay

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In some parts of the world, the summer is slowly moving to its end, and many of us are preparing for the new academic year. Some of us are going to continue teaching ESL writing and thus have most likely … Continue reading

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Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” a quote from Leonardo da Vinci, for me refers to the simplicity of language, which I would like to reflect on in today’s blog entry. I’ll start with a personal experience. When I was working on … Continue reading

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Elements of Primary Research in Writing Class

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Engaging learners in the meaningful use of English outside the classroom is one of the aims of any language course. However, this goal is hard to achieve sometimes, especially in those contexts where the target language is not the dominant … Continue reading

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Reading-Based Freewriting for English Learners

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

How many times have we heard from our students that one of the most challenging aspects of writing for them is coming up with ideas? And the answer that we usually give them is: “You should just practice more/you need … Continue reading

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