Implementing Immediate Writing Feedback in the Classroom: A workshop on Write and Improve
Date: Wednesday April 5, 2017, 14:00-15:30 (Space for this session is limited to 14 participants. If more than 14 register, we will schedule a second session on Friday April 7 at 15:00).
Location: LCC International University, Klaipėda
Cost: €5 (€4 if you register online by Monday April 3). Includes light refreshments and certificate.
Summary: For those who teach writing in a foreign language, providing developmental feedback to students can be a daunting task. Selecting which language features to focus on when evaluating texts, presenting feedback in an understandable way to students, and taking the needed to mark students’ writing can make teachers feel overwhelmed and overworked. With the help of corpus linguistics research, Cambridge English has developed a free online writing program (Write & Improve) that allows students to write a response to a number of pre-made writing prompts and receive immediate feedback on the complexity of their overall writing (mapped to the CEFR levels) and misuse of language structures and vocabulary. This 90-minute workshop aims to help English as a foreign language teachers become familiar with this online language program and learn how they might be able to implement it in their own foreign language classroom contexts.
Objectives of the session:
- Review the CEFR descriptors for A1, A2, B1, and B2 writing
- Familiarize participants with the Write & Improve program by Cambridge English (https://writeandimprove.com/)
- Select and use pre-made writing tasks within Write & Improve for classroom needs
- Create and use pre-made writing tasks within Write & Improve for classroom needs
- Collaboratively brainstorm how best to introduce Write & Improve to students in context
Monique Yoder received her MA TESOL degree from Michigan State University (2008) in the United States. She has taught ESL writing to secondary school and first-year university students in the United States, Austria, Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman, and Lithuania. She is currently a lecturer of TESOL and developmental writing courses in the English Department at LCC International University in Klaipėda, Lithuania.
Additional information: Gretchen Ketner firstname.lastname@example.org.