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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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New Year Resolutions: More Classroom Activities

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

New Year is a perfect time to set new goals and make personal promises. Perhaps at least once in our life, each of us makes New Year resolutions. And I believe it’s not just a cultural concept—most people consider New … Continue reading

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Effective Peer Feedback Through Modeling: Part 2

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In my last blog, I shared a modeling activity that writing teachers can do to help students analyze each other’s writing and make more out of peer review activities.  Today, I would like to describe a modeling activity that uses … Continue reading

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Effective Peer Feedback Through Modeling: Part 1

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Peer review has long been regarded as beneficial practice in the teaching of writing.  In North American educational settings, learners are often asked to provide feedback on each other’s papers.  However, when international students come to study either in intensive … Continue reading

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Hiking is Fun! The National Park Service Website for ESL Writing

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

I have always associated summers with being outside, somewhere in nature, spending time at a lake, going on a hike, and sitting by a campfire.  Since I came to the United States, I have not spent a single summer without … Continue reading

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