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Lessons From the CCCC Statement on Second Language Writing and Writers

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Two semesters ago, I was interviewed by someone from the Writing Lab here at Purdue University as part of her professionalization project; she needed a second-language learner who could share their experience in writing in English. The interview was focused … Continue reading

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Email Writing: 10 Classroom Activities

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Today, I’ll share a few activities that you can use for helping students write an email in English. Activity 1 Compose two columns. In one column, write several phrases from different types of emails, and in the other column write … Continue reading

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Teaching Writing to Young Learners: 10 Online Resources

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Today I will share a few websites that contain helpful resources and materials for teaching writing to young learners. 1. Creative Writing Teacher Resources This collection of printables, graphic organizers, lesson plans, and activities helps teachers to build learner’ creative … Continue reading

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Student Writing Conferences as Relational Activities

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Lately, I have been doing some reading on the interpersonal aspect of student writing conferences. Surprisingly, not much research has been done to look at conference discourse from a relational perspective. Personally, I believe that a writing conference is not … Continue reading

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In Defense of My Defense of the 5-Paragraph Essay

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

I posted last month on what I see to be the value of the five-paragraph essay. Though I was responding to another author’s post, I thought I was making a fairly innocuous and common-sense point: basically, don’t throw the baby … Continue reading

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Why We Still Won’t Teach the 5-Paragraph Essay

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Guest Author

A guest post by Nigel A. Caplan and Luciana C. de Oliveira In this blog, Nigel and Luciana address a recent post by Robert Sheppard, which defended the teaching of the 5-paragraph essay in ELT. Nigel’s son, a second grader, recently brought home … Continue reading

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Deferred Self-Correction

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

Today I’m going to discuss a technique that I’m calling deferred self-correction (an entirely forlackofabetterword term; don’t google it; four hits; other suggestions welcome). I’ve been using this technique for a long time but never really gave it much thought … Continue reading

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3 New Year’s Activities

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Happy New Year! It’s a great time to start a new semester with a holiday-related activity that would help your students to get to know each other and practice English. I thought I would share a few activities that you … Continue reading

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Teaching Cohesion

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

We all want our students to produce coherent, cohesive writing. Since I first started teaching, I’ve asked my students to produce “coherent, cohesive writing.” Thing was, back then I could have clearly defined neither coherent nor cohesive, nor could I have … Continue reading

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15 Academic Vocabulary Resources

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

“When I write in English, I can’t express myself as well as I do in Spanish/Korean/Japanese.” Most writing instructors hear this statement at least once during their teaching career. A lack of vocabulary is indeed one of the most challenging … Continue reading

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