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6 Ideas for Writing in the Real World

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Do your students feel uncomfortable writing in the real world?  This is a fair concern, and in fact, I can definitely relate to that—when I started to learn English, I was afraid of making mistakes, which oftentimes made me quite … Continue reading

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Function-Based Vocabulary Notebooks

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

A few years ago, when I was teaching an intermediate writing course in an intensive English program, one of the experiential objectives of the course was to help students build their vocabulary by having them keep a function-based vocabulary notebook. … Continue reading

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Composing Professional and Academic E-mails

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Sometimes I hear teachers complain about so-called lack of appropriateness of student e-mails, such the absence of a greeting, a signature, or a subject line. The winning award for “the most unprofessional e-mails” goes to those students who simply send … Continue reading

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Helping Students Write for a Real Audience: Travel Blogs

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

As I mentioned in one of my previous blogs, the concept of audience seems to be quite challenging to grasp for second language writers. One of these challenges may be rooted in the lack of ability to link their knowledge … Continue reading

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ESL Writing: Determine Essay Audience Using a Class Survey

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

The concept of audience is crucial when writing an argumentative paper. Students should be able to understand that their awareness of their audience will help them effectively formulate their claim as well as select appropriate evidence. I usually introduce three … Continue reading

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Stay Up-to-Date in EL Writing: Five Great Journals

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

I truly enjoy attending professional conferences. They give me a good feel of current trends in the field and provide me with invaluable pedagogical and research ideas. However, attending a conference does not always seem feasible. Luckily, a wealth of … Continue reading

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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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