May JALT Event in Fukuoka|
The executive committees of KOTESOL and Fukuoka JALT Chapter are proud to announce that Dr. Rodney E. Tyson is the recipient of Fukuoka JALT's "KOTESOL-Vetted Speaker Award", which was set up to bring noted presenters from Korea to Japan.
(To find out more about this award, please read the full text announcement.)
|KOTESOL-Vetted Speaker Presentation:
Academic Writing and the Process Approach
|Dr. Rodney E. Tyson|
|Sunday, May 17, 1998|
|2:00 to 5:00|
|Aso Foreign Language Travel College
(10 minutes from Hakata Station on foot
- see the map in English or see the map in Japanese for details)
|Free for JALT members; 1000 yen for non-members|
|Bill Pellowe, e-mail email@example.com
Kevin O'Leary, phone (0942) 32-0101, fax 31-0372
uring the past two decades or so, the process approach
has become accepted as the most effective approach to teaching academic writing in
many Western universities, both to native English-speakers and to ESL students (e.g.,
Caudery, 1995; Lindemann, 1987). In addition, some recent research suggests that
many of the techniques and activities associated with the process approach, including
group writing assignments, peer-editing, and multiple revisions, "serve to demystify the task of writing in a foreign language" as well as provide students with
"valuable opportunities to learn from each other" (White & Caminero,
1995, p. 323). Still, the literature on teaching writing in Asian settings, including
at the university level in Korea and Japan, indicates that both students and instructors
often strongly resist using the process approach in favor of a more traditional approach
that emphasizes grammar and explicit error correction (e.g., Brock, 1994; Jones,
1995; Kong, 1996; Pennington, Brock, & Yue, 1995).
The speaker will begin by presenting some relevant findings from his ongoing research into student attitudes toward a number of "process-oriented" techniques used in academic writing classes at two Korean universities over the past three years. (Parts of this research have been presented at two Asian TESOL conferences. See references.) Data will be presented from questionnaires, student reflective writing, and ethnographic description suggesting that some of these techniques, including use of multiple drafts, peer-editing, an emphasis on the "publication" of students' work, and instructor comments on early drafts that focus more on content and organization than grammatical correctness, helped students to produce better compositions as well as increase their motivation and self-confidence. In addition, it will be shown how use of the process approach can mean less work overall for the instructor as it transfers the main responsibility for learning to the students. The speaker will conclude this initial presentation with a list of general suggestions for implementing aspects of the process approach at all levels of university academic writing classes in a way that it is culturally-appropriate for Asian students. (This part of the presentation, excluding follow-up comments and questions, should take about 30-40 minutes.)
For most of the remainder of the afternoon, the audience will be divided into groups for discussion and completion of tasks provided by the speaker. Discussion questions will be designed to encourage participants to express their opinions, both positive and negative, about the use of the process approach in their individual teaching situations. Task materials will be provided, in the form of handouts and overhead transparencies, mainly from actual examples of writing produced by students in the speaker's classes (e.g., prewriting, first drafts, peer-editing, self-editing, final drafts). Participants will be encouraged to suggest ways for dealing with typical problems encountered in teaching academic writing at the university level (e.g., motivating students to write, responding to student writing, teaching various stages of the writing process). At a few points, groups will be asked to summarize their discussions for the entire audience in order to facilitate the sharing of ideas and to foster even more discussion. The main themes for the group discussions will be the following:
The speaker will conclude with a very brief summary of the entire
presentation, including responses to unanswered questions raised during group discussions.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Dr. Rodney E. Tyson, MATESOL and PhD (Second Language Acquisition and Teaching), is an Assistant Professor at Daejin University, Republic of Korea (South Korea). He has been teaching in Korea for 10 years.
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