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Developing Writing Skills Through Personal Journals: Part 2

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In today’s blog, I continue describing strategies for keeping a personal journal. In my last blog, I referred to personal journals as a tool for improving writing fluency and overcoming the problem of not knowing what to write about. As … Continue reading

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Easy Answers for Open-Ended Questions in ELT

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

I took a deep breath when I heard the announcement: Our school wanted to emphasize open-ended questions in all classes. Teachers would spend less time asking questions that could be answered with a simple term or a “true/false,” as is … Continue reading

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Stopping Plagiarism Before It Becomes a Problem

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

When Students Use Some Else’s Words: Fighting Plagiarism at the Secondary Level We usually know plagiarism when we see it. Our students submit something that shows much stronger grammatical skills and higher-level vocabulary than they seem capable of, and it … Continue reading

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2 Visual Metaphors to Teach About Sentences

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In my last blog, I introduced several visual metaphors that teachers can use to explain difficult concepts related to academic writing. Today I’ll add a couple more to the list. Multilayer Cake (Types of Sentences) I am a big fan … Continue reading

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3 Visual Metaphors for Teaching Writing

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Some of the concepts in academic writing that we, teachers, are used to, may be difficult for English language learners to grasp. Using analogies and metaphors is a great way to explain difficult terms related to writing. When I was … Continue reading

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Written Feedback: Using Color-Coded Comments

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Anyone who teaches writing most likely has something to say about responding to student writing. Some might like it and others hate it; some might find it effective while others think it’s pointless. But whatever the views and opinions are, … Continue reading

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20 Teaching Ideas to Decrease Student Lateness

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

When I was teaching in a community English program several years ago as part of my teaching practicum in the MATESOL program, I—as well as some of my fellow graduate students—faced the problem of students coming late to class. As … Continue reading

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6 Websites for Learning English Idioms

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

When you ask university-level English language learners how they would like to improve their English, many of them say they want to use more idiomatic expressions. Unfortunately, teachers seem to rarely have time to explicitly teach idioms in class. Luckily, … Continue reading

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Building Vocabulary Through Word Parts: 6 Helpful Websites

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Prefixes, suffixes, and roots are very helpful in vocabulary building. If students know the meaning of word parts (especially of Greek and Latin origin), they will more likely be able to understand the meaning of a word in a particular … Continue reading

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Using Journals and Magazines to Teach About Audience

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Today I’d like to share two simple activities that can help second language writers apply the concept of audience. The first activity is suitable for students of intermediate and higher levels of proficiency; the second one is designed for beginners … Continue reading

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