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Please Don’t Stop the Music! Using Music in a Writing Class

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

As many of us know, music is a great tool for teaching English.  It provides wonderful grammar exercises, opportunities for practicing listening skills, and topics for class discussions.  Moreover, reflecting social values, ideologies, daily life, and human relationships, music provides … Continue reading

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Teaching Intros and Conclusions to ELLs Without a Safety Net

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Guest Author

A Guest Post by Walton Burns Walton Burns has taught English for 13 years, starting in the Peace Corps in Vanuautu. Since then, he’s worked around the world. His  students have been Kazakh oil executives, Afghan high school students, and Chinese … Continue reading

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3 Writing Activities Using New Year Resolutions for ELLs

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

As the end of the year is rapidly approaching, a lot of us start thinking about our New Year resolutions: things we want to change, goals we want to reach, personal qualities we want to develop, places we want to … Continue reading

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Delicious Writing Activities: Using Food in the Classroom

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

The modern world provides ESL writing teachers with a great quantity of excellent materials and resources that help them create lesson plans with a variety of motivating activities. Without manuals, workbooks, and Internet resources, the current generation of writing teachers … 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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Writing Activities for ELLs: Getting to Know You

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

While preparing for the beginning of the new semester and planning my first teaching week, I thought it would be a good idea to share in my blog some getting-to-know-you activities that can be implemented in a writing class. Those … Continue reading

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Reading-Based Freewriting for English Learners

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

How many times have we heard from our students that one of the most challenging aspects of writing for them is coming up with ideas? And the answer that we usually give them is: “You should just practice more/you need … Continue reading

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