Saitama JALT is proud to host one of its own with a presentation by Rob Rowland (Seigakuin University). For those who do not know Rob, his presentations are always incredibly engaging and attendees are sure to walk away with much to consider. Please find the abstract for the presentation below.
A Perfect Introduction to Paragraph Writing
Teaching academic writing skills to EFL learners can be challenging. Fortunately, the literature offers many suggestions for developing strong EFL writing curricula. Hyland (2009) described writing as a cognitive endeavor in which the process is just as important as the product. Development of the learner's voice happens best over multiple drafts with effective global and specific feedback. Prior to writing, Hawkins (2006) suggests learners engage in activities such as note-taking and discussion to develop a deeper line of thought about a topic prior to writing. Shin (2002) offered clear guidelines for effective feedback that helps learners develop writing skills without damaging learner affect by being overly critical. To document teacher-learner dialogue and record learning over multiple drafts, Nunes (2004) suggested compiling student work in a writing portfolio, which a learner can revisit and update over the course of a unit or class term.
This workshop will introduce a well-tested writing curriculum that employs the principles mentioned above. Materials and procedure were developed at a private high school in Tokyo, but are appropriate for learners at both high school and university. The first half of the workshop will be an interactive discussion of the research-based design principles behind the curriculum. In the second half of the workshop, participants will work together to develop and share materials relevant to their own specific contexts. All participants will take home materials developed in this workshop, ready to use on day-one of the upcoming academic year.
Following the presentation, we plan to go out for food and drinks, so if you have a bit of extra time, please plan to join us!