Tag Archives: SLW

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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3 Writing Activities Using New Year Resolutions for ELLs

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

As the end of the year is rapidly approaching, a lot of us start thinking about our New Year resolutions: things we want to change, goals we want to reach, personal qualities we want to develop, places we want to … 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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