How to Teach Writing Online (One-day Workshop) (TEJL-9-SP)
This workshop will introduce steps involved in planning an on-line writing course. There will be a discussion about the basic skills that should be covered in an introductory writing class. The workshop will also include examples illustrating the best way to deliver the content to students through the internet. The writing skills covered will consist of: compare/contrast, cause/effect and an argument essay. These are the styles commonly introduced to intermediate writing students.
Participants will engage in brief discussions on how to plan a content-based course with the use of outside materials versus those introduced in a textbook. Which style makes for better comprehension in an on-line setting? How do we make these materials accessible to students through on-line activities? Assessment and the use of discussion boards will also be part of the workshop.
There will be handouts illustrating how to convert complex material into smaller sections to demonstrate the different styles of writing. Finally there will be a brief discussion on how to pull it all together through the use of some basic software programs such as PowerPoint and Keynote. Additionally, there will be a brief workshop on how to use some basic techniques when using Keynote and PowerPoint to design more engaging on-line materials. We will also cover the use of split screen video and transitions.
This workshop is applicable towards the Certificate in Teaching English to Japanese Learners.
Dawn Lavelle Miyazaki
Dawn Lavelle Miyazaki holds dual master degrees in both TESOL and Instructional Design from Teacher's College, Columbia University. She has taught English language courses ranging from beginning conversation to advanced academic writing courses in Tokyo and New York City. In addition to teaching English courses, she has also been involved in educational technology, adapting the print version of English language materials into a digital format for interactive activities. Dawn has been teaching an advanced writing course online for the last few years. In addition, she has conducted workshops for teachers on ESL techniques in the New York City public school system.
Today, students are exposed to different varieties and levels of English. Therefore, it is important for English learners to be able to access information and be able to communicate using the style and vocabulary required for today's connected world. Dawn always tries to expose students to a variety of materials and points of view which will help them to communicate more effectively.
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