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Writing Statements of Purpose for Awards and Grad School

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

This month, I will outline what goes into writing a very important but somewhat unfamiliar genre for most writers: the statement of purpose (SOP). I hope this is helpful both to readers who want to apply for something themselves and … Continue reading

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4 Low-Prep Creative Writing Ideas

Hetal Ascher
Hetal Ascher

In need of a quick, low-prep lesson? Here are some creative writing activities that my students and I have enjoyed over the last year. These ideas work whether you are teaching in person, online, or hybrid, and they all allow … Continue reading

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Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

Happy New Year! As we hang up new calendars and prepare for another academic term, it’s also a good time to think ahead for ourselves and our students. New Year’s resolutions are a January tradition for many people. We make … Continue reading

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December Holidays: 5 Writing Activities

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas, Ōmisoka, New Year’s Eve…with abundant holidays and traditions involving food, gifts, and socialization, December offers teachers many opportunities to engage students in fun and reflective writing activities. As I wrote last month in my November post, … Continue reading

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6 Ways to Build Fluency in Second Language Writing

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

What Is Fluency in Writing? When asked what their goal is in learning a language, many learners say they want to be fluent in both speaking and writing. In everyday discussions, we often think of fluency as a reflection of … Continue reading

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Finding Audiences Beyond the Classroom

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

Why do we write? For my dissertation, I spent a year observing high school English language classes and talking with the students and teachers about writing. One thing that struck me in these interviews was how rarely the students saw … Continue reading

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Teaching Writing Online

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

Events of the past month have led to a dramatic change in how we teach our classes. Most college and university programs in North America and elsewhere in the world have suddenly shifted instruction to online formats, with teachers asked … Continue reading

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Researching Second Language Writing

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

As writing teachers, we read research other people have conducted. During our studies, professors assigned us journal articles and books describing observations of classrooms, analyses of students’ written texts, and interviews with teachers about their work. If you are like … Continue reading

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