I realised after publishing my previous post, and turning on my critical thinking brain a little too late, that I had actually written about using Wikipedia in university/academic essays - and had (*embarrassed cough*) actually ignored the EAP aspect altogether. So I sneakily changed the previous post's title... and am writing this new post now to … Continue reading The Role of Wikipedia in EAP – Take Two
Month: June 2015
My essay class are doing their first assessed essay this week and they're a bit nervous. They've got lots of questions. But one question really struck me. A student asked 'Is it OK to cite Wikipedia?' My standard answer is, 'if you use it, you should cite it' - as with any source. But this simply … Continue reading The Role of Wikipedia in Academic Essays
Guest post by Don Watson Based on de la Fuente, M. J. (2006). Classroom L2 vocabulary acquisition: investigating the role of pedagogical tasks and form-focused instruction. Language Teaching Research 10, 3. pp. 263–295. Retrieved from: http://www.lrc.cornell.edu/events/past/2006-2007/fuentes.pdf I assume anyone reading this blog has at least heard of Task Based Language Teaching (TBLT). But as with … Continue reading #BridgeingtheGapChallenge: The role of pedagogical tasks and form-focused instruction
A lot of teachers like to use fictional texts in their teaching. Sometimes, finding accessible texts for classes is difficult, especially as they are often long, and would take up too much lesson time. One option is to use abridged versions of the texts. Another idea I'd like to advocate is to work with the … Continue reading My Son the Fanatic – Various Tasks
As part of the #BridgingtheGapChallenge, here is a summary of: Farshi, S.S. & S.K. Safa, 'The Effect of Two Types of Corrective Feedback on EFL Learners’ Writing Skill', Advances in Language and Literary Studies, Vol 6/1, February 2015. This study aimed to compare the effectiveness of giving hand-written or electronic (via email) feedback on EFL learners' written work. … Continue reading #BridgingtheGapChallenge Hand-Written vs Emailed Corrective Feedback on Writing
I am frustrated. Probably not the best time to write an insightful blog post, but I need to get this off my chest. And maybe your ELTers out there will have some calming wisdom for me!! Today I went off to teach my (C1, EAP) essay writing class. We are doing 'features of formal language' at … Continue reading Today’s Frustration: Why don’t students do their homework?