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Wednesday, November 13 • 09:00 - 12:00
Implementing and assessing collaborative writing activities (Ticketed Event)

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Collaborative writing is an activity which involves the co-authoring of a text by two or more authors who share responsibility for the creation of the entire text (Storch, 2013). A growing body of research (e.g. Kim, 2008; Shehade, 2011; Storch, 2002, 2005; Yeh, 2014) has shown that when second language (L2) learners engage in collaborative writing activities they are exposed to different ideas, they negotiate how to express their ideas, and they give and receive peer feedback on language use. In other words, these activities can provide L2 learners with opportunities for language learning as well as for learning to write in the L2. However, simply assigning students to produce a text jointly will not necessarily result in a successful learning activity. Successful collaborative writing activities need to be carefully designed and implemented.

In this hands-on workshop we focus on these design and implementation decisions. We consider first the different kinds of writing tasks that have been employed in research on collaborative writing in terms of their suitability for the specific teaching context and student population. We then deal with issues related to grouping of learners, including the advantages and drawbacks of same proficiency versus mixed proficiency groups, the size of the group, and whether the teacher should allocate students to writing groups or allow students to self-select. The final issue relates to how best assess collaborative writing, looking at some of the proposed grading schemes which attempt to assess not only the final product but also the learners’ contributions to the collaborative writing activity. I conclude the workshop by outlining areas that require further investigation.

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Neomy Storch

Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics and ESL, The University of Melbourne
Neomy Storch is an Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics and ESL at the School of Languages and Linguistics, the University of Melbourne. She teaches a range of ESL and Applied Linguistics subjects and convenes the ESL program. Her research has focused on issues related to second... Read More →

Wednesday November 13, 2019 09:00 - 12:00
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