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Need feedbacks from real English teachers

Unread postby picohostel » Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:33 am

The following is a new technique for teaching english writing by using a web 2.0 tool - wiki

in hong kong, secondary schools are using wikis to teaching writing to students. wikis are used group projects which allow collaboration among students, so there are many advantages on students' learning. for example, as there can be real adudience on the web reading students' wokrs, so students learn to focus on content instead of grammar in their writing because they wanted to be appreciated by real audience. second, students' mistakes can be corrected by other students. there are even more effects as you can google them...

As teachers, can you share with me your thoughts on these? e.g. have u tried that? do u think that it is effective? any possibilities for implementing... etc.......
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Re: Need feedbacks from real English teachers

Unread postby netsooz » Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:22 am

The idea is brilliant I suppose,
the major skill non-native learners have problems with is writing. I teach writing classes and I find utilizing various techniques helpful. Your idea is cool and would be even enhanced if particular considerations are also involved.
In my idea, it's not a good idea to thoroughly ignore students's accuracy. You could make use of moderate feedback on form to correct the grammatical, spelling and any other possible errors students make.
One major issue with writing, is L1 interference. Students directly translate their L1 into English and the results sometimes are ambiguous sentences that might be grammatical but are not natural English and natives or readers in general might not understand them. So this needs a lot of exposure to the "right" language and of course, teacher feedback.
The idea can be even more inviting if there was some sort of competition between the groups and the group with more "likes" for example gets to win something interesting, like discounts with next term registration for instance if institutional policies allow.

Thank you for sharing your idea. and please keep us posted with the results of the activity.
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Re: Need feedbacks from real English teachers

Unread postby teffjones » Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:20 am

That's good strategy in teaching. These students quickly realize how important writing is when they come to write as essay, email or even a report for work. Writing is not something that can be picked up in passing. It takes a long time to learn structure and proper usage.
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