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Teaching Writing to Intermediate and Advanced Learners is for ......
Beginner AND experienced English language teachers. If you want to improve your knowledge and skills in teaching academic writing, this course will help you get there, no matter what your level of experience.
English language teachers looking for new ideas and tools to teach writing. This course will ignite your passion and enthusiasm for teaching academic writing with helpful strategies and techniques.
Any teacher who wants to help students write better. You are committed to your students' academic success and realize that good writing skills are an important key to better grades.
Busy teachers who want to take control of their own education. Being self-motivated, you realize that online professional development is effective and time-saving. You can follow the course when and where you want, choosing the lectures and resources that respond to your needs.
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Taking “Teaching Writing to Intermediate and Intermediate English Learners” has been such a learning experience! Both personally and professionally. I found it very inspiring and energizing to view the lectures and read the texts and I have a notebook full of ideas and sources I want to work on . . .
Through this course, I have realised much more clearly what it is that I like about teaching and what way suits me best. Using authentic materials is a very important aspect to me, having been immersed in a non-native speaking environment for so many years. What I also liked very much was that it was American English. I am so used to British English that is is enriching to be exposed to the American accent and style.
- Annet Ghering, Lecturer of English, NHTV, Academy for Leisure, Netherlands
Teaching Writing to Intermediate and Advanced Learners is full of practical ideas that I could implement the next day with my students. I loved how the modules had a written outline and a video which appealed to various learning styles. Resources like the WIDA rubrics and the virtual writing tutor were very helpful. I would recommend this course to any teacher looking to make their writing instruction more effective and engaging.
- Marie Cowgill, M.ED., Reading Specialist/ ELL, Newark Charter School
"I've known Frank both as a friend and colleague for the last 13 years. He's one of those rare individuals who combines passion, enthusiasm and professionalism in his engagements. Lifelong learning and teaching are two of the values that drive him. From first-hand experience, I can say he's an outstanding teacher."
- Fred Horowitz, Business coach
"As an accomplished writer, teacher and mentor, Frank Bonkowski is truly what I would consider to be professional, thorough, passionate and dedicated. Frank receives great joy in seeing others grow and develop through the learning process!"
- Mark Yerbury, President, Qualiteam Inc., A Dale Carnegie Franchise
My motto is "Be the best you can be"—in big things as well as small.
I have been teaching English second language learners all my professional teaching career— which spans more than 30 years. I am a big fan of the hybrid or flipped classroom in which I mix classroom teaching with online teaching. So I teach language as well as digital literacy, using tools like Moodle with ESL learners.
I have taught ESL at the high school, college and university levels. I am also a lifelong learner. I received my BA in English literature and history at Boston College—my favorite university.
Later, I earned a MA in Applied Linguistics at Concordia University in Montréal. As a mature learner, I received a PhD in English language teaching at Lancaster University in the UK. Great experience! Three degrees from three different countries—an achievement I am very proud of.
In addition, I have been an ESL teacher trainer at McGill University’s Faculty of Education, Concordia University, and TELUQ, a distance education university in Montréal. He presently teaches at Cégep de Saint-Laurent in Montréal.
I have been an English language materials writer for over 30 years and co-author of nine ESL textbooks. My biggest success was co-authoring a five-level high school ESL series—the “Take” series—for grades 7 to 11.
The passion to teach and write—to help learners succeed—is stronger than ever!
Start1.1 Challenges in teaching (7:41)
Start1.2 Problems students face in learning (10:36)
Start1.3 The context of English language teaching (5:26)
Start1.4 Key issues in teaching to ELLs (10:06)
Start1.5 Interview: Kelly Reider on WIDA writing rubrics (39:37)
StartReading 1: Teaching in the dyslexia-friendly classroom
StartQuiz 1: Link to Google Forms