I've been looking back over my notes from IATEFL 2017 to find inspiration for another blog post. I'm a bit late now to just summarise talks, but I'd like to come back to one of the questions that was posed at a talk I attended. It was "Building bridges: the disciplines, the normative and the … Continue reading Academic Writing Skills & “Just in Time” Teaching
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Anyone who's been following my blog and conference presentations for a while will know that I have a healthy obsession with marking and giving feedback on L2 students' essays! This is partly due to the huge numbers of essays I have to mark each term, and the number of new marking techniques this allows me … Continue reading Making Marking Colourful
In this article, Northcott, Gillies and Coutlon explore their students' perceptions of how effective online formative feedback was for improving their postgraduate academic writing, and aim to highlight best practices for online writing feedback.
I teach a lot of EAP and particularly essay writing classes, but have as yet not found a textbook to work with that I’m entirely happy with. Ever on the look-out, I came across the Collins EAP series, winner of the ELTon 2014 Innovation in Learner Resources Award, and more specifically: Van Geyte, E., Writing: … Continue reading Review: Writing – Learn to write better academic essays
This worksheet guides learners step-by-step through the process of writing a synthesis in a group. Learners thus train the skills of careful reading, note-taking, paraphrasing/summarizing, and critically synthesizing information from different source texts. Collaborative team-work is also practiced. Example texts (~C1 level) are given on the topic of native vs non-native speaker English teachers; a … Continue reading Worksheet: Writing a Synthesis
Students' worksheet: click here. . Teacher's notes: click here.. Summary: A speaking warm-up activity that allows learners to speak about themselves provides the input for them to start analysing the difference between facts, opinions and stances. The analysis is prompted by guiding questions, which avoid a too theoretical approach. The three terms are then introduced explicitly and students … Continue reading Critical Reading Skills & Academic Vocabulary – Authentic Text
Student worksheet: click here. Teacher's notes: click here. AIMS: By working through this worksheet, which can be done independently or in class, students will be guided to notice some key features of definitions, in terms of content and language, and be able to replicate these in producing their own definitions. Through the specific examples in focus, students … Continue reading Formulating Definitions & Discussing Prejudice