ESL FOR TEACHERS
Teaching Writing to Intermediate and
Advanced English Learners (3 Credits)
Who is Teaching Writing to Intermediate and Advanced Learners 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.
English language teachers who want to help their 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.
Module 1: Context for teaching academic writing
Module 2: Successful language teaching and learning
Module 3: Features of good writing
Module 4: How to develop ideas for writing
Module 5: Revise, edit, proofread
Bonus Material: Teaching literature through film
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!