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Extensive Reading / Writing activities for Extensive Reading
« Last post by Erika the First on May 11, 2020, 07:31:57 PM »
 This website provides a a list of activities that instructors can do for extensive reading and listening. I thought that the list of writing activities were helpful for instructors who may need a quick idea or two for class. There are quite a few ideas listed, however I thought two prompts stuck out to me: 
Retell the story as if it were a character's diary.
write a letter/email to one of the characters
For the first activity, students can do a chapter by chapter journal entry from the characters POV. Writing in their POV has students critically thinking about what happens in the story as it makes them reflect through another's reflection and write about it.
 For the second activity, students can write an initial email to a character, exchange letters with another student, and write a reply to it to the one that they received from their classmate. Students can continue exchanging letters over the duration of the book with new partners, or instructors can divide students into pairs and have one write an initial letter and have the partner do the response.
Beginning Readers / Literacy Instruction for Young EFL Learners Handout
« Last post by Erika the First on May 10, 2020, 11:30:48 PM »

In this handout, Dr. Shin explains why literacy instruction for young EFL learners is an important part of their education. She continues and explains how it can be integrated into the classroom in a meaningful-focused and balanced way, highlighting five 'building blocks': immerse[ing] students in print and literature, utiliz[ing] and build[ing] students' background knowledge, model[ing] and teach[ing] various reading and writing strategies, build[ing] vocabulary and automaticity of high frequency words, and giv[ing] explicit instruction in phonics. She goes on to explain how learners should play an active role in learning along with noting the importance of scaffolding and how to do so.

This handout is very informative for those who may be new to teaching younger learners. In very accessible, concise language, Dr. Shin is able to effectively layout not only the importance of literacy instruction for young EFL learners, but also gives simple suggestions on how to do so. This handout would be good for new instructors just starting  if they do not have an extensive background on young learners. New instructors (or even experienced ones) can familiarize themselves and incorporate some of the strategies Dr. Shin explains for effectively instructing young learners.
General Writing Resources / Story Starters for Kids
« Last post by Erika the First on May 10, 2020, 10:56:48 PM »

Story Starters

Website URL:

The Story Starter website has options for both adults and kids, however I thought that this would be a good resource for instructors who are teaching younger learners (thought the adult version seems good, too!) as the sentences are usually a bit silly and leave room for a lot of imagination. An older target age would still be able to continue the story provided, but they may find them a bit childish.

The website provides a random simple sentence to start off a story, allowing for the rest of the story to be written by writers. Instructors can decided if they want all students (individually or in pairs/groups) to work with the same sentence starter, or if they work with different sentences. Working with the same sentence could be interesting to see how young learners brainstorm and plan out their story, eventually comparing work with one another to see how the stories differed or how they were the same. With different sentence starters, students can have the option to choose which pre-selected sentence they would want to continue writing about, providing them motivation as it give them (somewhat of) a choice in their writing (as opposed to being forced to write about a specific topic). As mentioned before, the sentences leave much to the imagination, so it provides students with the chance to write creatively about scenarios that they may not have considered before.

The website is not necessarily geared towards ESL learners, so while sifting through some of the sentences that were provided, instructors will have to determine if vocabulary definitions are needed before providing the sentence to students, depending on their proficiency. But this could be a good build up to the actual writing!
Works Cited/References / APA online quiz
« Last post by eunjeong10 on May 10, 2020, 12:35:34 AM »
This is an APA style quiz which was provided by Penn State University library. I used this for my ESL students when I taught how to format their research paper. It includes 11 questions asking to choose a correct usage of in-text citation, reference page, title page, margin and so forth. This quiz worked well for my students and it is useful for review.

Quiz link:
Grammar - Error Correction / TEACHTHIS ESL/EFL RESOURCES
« Last post by lv5 on May 08, 2020, 09:51:28 PM »
 Here is an excellent website for ESL teachers and students who want to learn more about grammar. is a place where teachers can come to download the latest ESL/EFL teaching materials for use in the classroom. There are games for young learners, teenagers, and adults. Each game comes with full teacher's notes, and most of the games take very little preparation and are easy to set up and play.

General Writing Resources / ANSWER KEY APA Citations Practice
« Last post by karlags2 on May 08, 2020, 04:22:28 AM »
This is the ANSWER KEY to the Handout APA Citations 7th Edition Practice.
General Writing Resources / HANDOUT APA Citations 7th Edition
« Last post by karlags2 on May 08, 2020, 04:20:21 AM »
APA Citations is a very challenging skill for students because it requires from them to develop artificial language skills in an academic contexts. Students often fail to include in-text citations as part of sentences, quote all "al verbatim" information, and include a Reference List that matches the in-text citations provided in the essay. This activity helps students to review all of those skills.   
Learning L2 Reading & Writing / ANSWER KEY Practicing Source Synthesis.
« Last post by karlags2 on May 08, 2020, 04:04:26 AM »
This is the ANSWER KEY of the HANDOUT Practicing Source Synthesis
Learning L2 Reading & Writing / HANDOUT Practicing Source Synthesis.
« Last post by karlags2 on May 08, 2020, 03:59:16 AM »
Source synthesis is a very challenging skill among ESL writers because it requires careful reading, triangular writing, analysis of sources, and a good mastery of APA citation skills. This handout shows students how to read the information of two sources, find their similarities and then construct a source synthesis.
Learning L2 Reading & Writing / Peer Feedback
« Last post by karlags2 on May 08, 2020, 03:43:54 AM »
Peer Feedback or Peer Perception is a skill that helps students self assess their knowledge in writing and also develop appropriate critique of their classmate's work. Students can also understand how their background knowledge of writing can help their classmates in a practice of what Vygotsky called, Zone of Proximal Development.
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