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71 Ways to Practice English Writing: Tips for ESL/EFL Learners

Is Poor English Writing Holding you Back? What would it mean to your studies or career to be able to write quickly and accurately in English? Imagine being able to sit down at your computer, and then write an English email in five minutes. Or, be able to write a …


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ESL Writing Tip: Always Proofread

The Biggest Mistake You can Make for ESL Writing Not proofreading your writing is the biggest mistake you can make for ESL writing. This applies to students who are studying English as a second or third language, as well as native speakers. Almost everyone makes a lot of very simple …


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Teaching Writing Skills-It Just Got Easier

Teaching Writing Skills Just Got a Whole Lot Easier During my decade teaching in South Korean universities, I taught a whole lot of writing. Beginners, intermediate, advanced. Everything from how to write a basic sentence to 5-paragraph academic essays. For all the details about that, check out these posts: Teaching …


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10 Things I Love about Living and Teaching in South Korea

10 Things I Love about Living and Teaching in South Korea After ten years in K-Land, I’m returning home to Canada to begin life there. And yes, it’s going to be hard. But no, I will most certainly not be back to Korea. For those that follow this blog, you’ll …


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Teaching Writing Strategies: Fostering Student Autonomy

Fostering Student Autonomy in Writing Classes Autonomy, with regards to teaching is when students take charge of their own learning–when they are responsible for it and the teacher is more of a guide than the all-knowing one who imparts wisdom and knowledge. Teacher as Editor Model: Bad News! I believe …


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Great Writing 4 by Keith Folse: A Book Review

The Great Writing Series Great writing¬†4 is an excellent book that I’ve been using this semester to teach Advanced Writing to English majors, who are mostly 3rd and 4th year university students. I was given this book to teach and didn’t choose it myself, but thankfully, it’s the best writing …


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ESL Writing Grading Rubric: Somewhat Objective?

Grade Fairly with this ESL Writing Grading Rubric For English teachers, grading writing and speaking are not easy when compared to something like grammar or vocabulary because there’s no right or wrong answer. Everything falls on a continuum from terrible to excellent. The challenge for teachers is to grade in …


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Plagiarism in Korean Universities: How I deal with it

Minimize Take-Home Assignments Here’s how I deal with plagiarism in Korean universities when I’m teaching advanced level writing to English major students. I only assign 2 “at-home” assignments, both worth 10% of the final grade, for a total of 20%. I give extremely specific topics for a very specific type …


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Teaching Writing to ESL Beginners

Teaching Writing to ESL Beginners: A Tough Job Teaching beginners to write in English can be a very difficult job. These students often struggle to put together a sentence, so teaching them to “write” can be quite overwhelming and many teachers instead find themselves just focusing on student’s grammar mistakes. …