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There are many practical, motivating ways to help students improve their writing and feel better prepared for the writing section of a standardized test. This course will explore essay writing from a number of perspectives including basic theory about L2 writing, overcoming initial barriers, developing skills through feedback, and using online tools to efficiently track and improve writing. Participants will see that students can improve their writing relatively quickly, and that they will gain satisfaction watching them grow.

Get your professional development certified with iTDi

In this course, you will read articles recommended by the instructor, watch four recorded sessions, and answer four discussion questions. (This is not a live course.) If you would like to receive a Certificate of Completion verifying 20 hours of professional development credit, email your answers to these questions in a separate word document to su*****@iT**.pro for evaluation. In the body of your document, please include your name as you wish it to appear on your certificate, your email address, and the name of course you have completed. Take this course


As always, iTDi believes that all teachers deserve the same opportunity to improve themselves. Therefore, a limited number of scholarships will be available for this course. Please apply through our scholarship application.

About Steven Herder:

Steven Herder is an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Kyoto Notre Dame University. Steven has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) for over 25 years at the elementary, junior and senior high school level, and now coordinates the Global English Class (GEC) at Kyoto Notre Dame Women’s University in Kyoto Japan. He teaches Before Study Abroad (BSA) preparation, courses on Women in Leadership, and Global Human Resources Development, as well as a 3rd/4th year seminar on Exploring Leadership. He is an author and editor of two Palgrave Macmillan teacher resources, Innovating EFL Teaching in Asia (2012) and Exploring EFL Fluency in Asia (2014). Since 2010, he has been working with Suken Publishing in Kyoto for the past 10 years on high school textbook series such as Big Dipper Series I, II, III, DUALSCOPE, as well as writing various workbooks and graded readers. He co-founded MASH Collaboration in 2007, believing that “Collaboration creates just the right amount of tension to get lots done” and over the years he has come to realize that, “being a teacher means a never-ending commitment to learning”. In 2012, he and a network of like-minded educators co-founded the International Teacher Development Institute, an online community for teachers by teachers, with over 5000 members and a growing global reach into over 100 countries.   iTDi Advanced Skills Self Study courses allow you to access and enjoy the content of popular Advanced Skills live courses, at your own pace and at a time that is convenient for you.
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