The presentation went well, learned a lot and for those who saw please have a look here, presentation posting on the way!
First I want to thank Steve Cornwell and all of the staff, guest speakers, and all the wonderful people I met at the Osaka ACLL/ACTC 2014! I look forward to next years event and I strongly recommend this conference in order to get a broader view of languge teaching practice and research across Asia!
Regarding my presentation, if you would like references to the literature I mentioned please click here.
Also since there has been a lot of interest in what we do with our writing program… here is the pdf of my powerpoint. Enjoy!
In addition, there will be a video coming up soon on how to make an example-driven style of feedback for writing, so please stay tuned….
Greetings fellow teachers, researchers and everyone on the Internet!
I am presenting a poster about my work with in-service Japanese teachers of English for junior and senior high schools at The International Symposium on Innovative Teaching and Research in ESP at the University of Electro Communications, Tokyo, on February 22, 2014. This time the focus will be on a writing workshop at our institution that we offer online using Moodle.
What makes this moodle writing course unique is the fact that we provide three types of feedback:direct, audio and data-driven.
The focus in particular will be on the data-driven part of the workshop and how the participants feel about encountering this type of feedback.
This poster is also a chance for me to engage with other corpus and data-driven learning specialists in the field and get some ideas on how to approach this course with a research agenda, especially one focused on obtaining quantitative, as well as qualitative data.
It is not that I am biased toward qualitative research, but most CALL and data-driven, corpus research has been primarily this way for a long time now. (Chambers 2007, Boulton 2008) and so the demand is high for this type of approach.
The symposium will also host a variety of speakers, Stefan Gries (UCSB, USA),
Winnie Cheng (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China)Laurence Anthony (Waseda University, Japan), Theron Muller (Toyama University, Japan). Just to meet and talk with anyof these specialists of the field would be a very speciai opportunity indeed.
I also want to thank Shi Jie (Universityof Electro-Communications, Japan) for setting up this symposium. Much appreciation and thanks in advance for her hard work.
If you plan to be at the symposium, please feel free to find my poster. According to the schedule the poster session goes from 2-3:30, so have a chat with me if you are around.
See you there,
Oh p.s.♥ Happy Valentines Day! ♥
Boulton, A. (2008). Evaluating corpus use in language learning: State of play and future directions. Paper presented at the Amerian Accociation of Corpus Linguisitcs, Brighham Young University.
Chambers, A. (2007). Popularising corpus consultation by language learners and teachers. In E. Hidalgo Tenorio, L. Rodríguez-Navarro, J. Santana (Eds.). Corpora in the Foreign Language Classroom: Selected papers from the Sixth International Conference on Teaching and Language Corpora (TaLC 6). (pp. 3-16). Kenilworth: Rodopi.
English is full of traps, even for native speakers. Fall into one of them, and most people won’t notice or care if it is spoken English. In writing though, especially when you sit for exams, things are more complicated.
See on www.teachers-corner.co.uk
I came upon this via Twitter from a friend @gotanda to be exact and I couldn`t pass this up.
The University of Indiana Writing Tutorial Service or WTS for short gives some very excellent guidance on developing a thesis for a paper. While it gives advice for those assigned to a topic, it also offers advice for unassigned topics, which help not only student writers but also old hands like myself who need to write, but mentally wrestle with early part of the process.
My favorite part is the final one which provides a guide to determine the strength of the thesis. This also is excellent advice.
For the teacher this can be also valuable for your learners, and the content can be utilized for in class activities, such as a discussion about the effectiveness of a thesis statement. You can choose a topic and the students can generate a thesis statement, probably this is ideal since it may be something that might not be threatening. Then have them evaluate and come to an agreement about the impact of the thesis regarding the shared topic.
Enough about what I think… for thos those who want to read it here it is.
When I worked in a public school in Japan, I remember how the students would make the front page of a newspaper to tell about their school trip to Kyoto, or other events. Now your students can go from analog to digital.
I am pretty sure as you introduce the idea to your students everyone will want to have a say in their next e-magazine. There is nothing much more rewarding to students then to have a proof of their hard work recognized in a publication of some sort.
Most of the tools cited here are easy to use and have user-friendly interface and they will let you create your own e-magazine or newspaper in few simple steps. Yet I would recommend your discretion as you use them with your students.
See on www.educatorstechnology.com