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Writing Activities to Make the Most of Being Back in the Classroom

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

As a new academic year starts, I’m excited to be back to teaching in-person classes without the restrictions of social distancing. While the last 2 years have been fruitful in pushing me to think of how to engage my students … Continue reading

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Elementary School Writing for MLLs: Interview With Joanna Wong

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

Joanna Wong, Associate Professor, College of Education, California State University, Monterey Bay, is an elementary school teacher educator who holds a PhD in education focused on language, literacy, and culture. Drawing on her previous work as a bilingual teacher in … Continue reading

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Writing Across the Curriculum

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

As TESOL professionals, we often think of ourselves as English teachers whose primary work is supporting our students to learn the English language. Learning English entails learning how to use English for various purposes, including writing in school and college. … Continue reading

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3 Strategies for Formative Assessment and Feedback

Hetal Ascher
Hetal Ascher

Formative assessment refers to assessment used to inform our instruction, and formative feedback refers to the feedback we give to students to help them grow and learn. This blog post contains three strategies for formative assessment and feedback and some … Continue reading

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Assessing Writing

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

I am  collaborating with a Japanese colleague to revise a rating scale for the undergraduate English for Academic Purposes program at her university. She had noticed that even though the program had developed an analytic rubric, some high scoring essays … Continue reading

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Post and Reply Writing Games

Hetal Ascher
Hetal Ascher

The activities in this post are easy and ready-to-use ESL writing games for online teaching that you can play whether you have an asynchronous or synchronous classroom. In my classroom, I have used these activities as starters or as an … Continue reading

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Travel Writing Activities: Escape From Cabin Fever

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

Every new year holds much promise as we look ahead: 12 months of possibility for learning and adventure. Sitting in my house in the middle of a week of pouring rain, however, after nearly 2 years of staying close to … Continue reading

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4 Poetry Ideas for Young Language Learners

Hetal Ascher
Hetal Ascher

Language learners can often find writing poetry to be an intimidating task, but with some structure and examples, poetry can be easy and fun to write for language learners of any level. Incorporating poetry into your English lessons is a … Continue reading

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