Presentation on theme: "GALA Conference 2007 IMPROVING WRITING THROUGH MEDIATION Ed JOYCEY Writing (University 1 st year students) Language Mastery 2 Communication skills Argument."— Presentation transcript:
GALA Conference 2007 IMPROVING WRITING THROUGH MEDIATION Ed JOYCEY Writing (University 1 st year students) Language Mastery 2 Communication skills Argument / Persuasion
Similarities Processing Mediation Meaning Writing Summary Writing
An Underlying Base for Text Reason Macro Order/Organisation Summary (mediate) Content Grammar Lexis Linking Style Micro (translate)
(Strategies) for Reduce & rebuild MULTI MEDIATE SUMMARY L1(ii) user L1(i) user Input Output Full Text Summary L1(ii) L1(ii) L1(i) L1(i) L1 lang L2 lang
Hypothesis: Using ‘mediation’ in class will help summary writing (& writing?) PROCEDURE 1) Experimental & Control groups. Teachers of a similar type & approach (Me & Bartzoka) 2) 3 texts to summarise at beginning: Argumentative & all from Guardian Unlimited: Colour in Life (French v Eng use of colour), 638 wds, Flesch Reading Ease 78.3; Wags to Riches (footballers’ wives & fame), 588 wds, 76.6; Unhealthy Competition (A writer’s self- awareness of how competition in life affects her), 633 wds, 78.5 3) Cover names and apply numbers to scripts (See next slide) 4) Experimental group gets ‘Greek’ texts 1hr a week for 6 weeks. Tasks like to explain in English to me, or explain why two texts on the same topic differ. 5) 3 texts to summarise at end: Could write with a pinch (creative writing), 495, 55.5; Caught in the middle (Kids & divorce), 588, 53.8; Two’s a crowd (separate beds effect), 538, 64.8 6) Cover names etc. and jumble all to give to ‘expert’ objective marker (Hatzitheodorou) 7) Collate scores.
Summaries categorisation Code 1stNameNumber of texts 1st Mark 1 st 20 max Code 2ndNameNumber of texts 2nd Mark 2nd 20 max 623Katsanidi3543Katsanidi3 986Kotrokoi3272Kotrokoi3 451Kremmida3463Kremmida3 452 Giorgakou3652Giorgakou2 861Kiriazi3777Kiriazi2 141 Ropoulou2834Ropoulou2 113Stoiou2001Stoiou2 098Petrela2 701Patrona3
Conclusions 1) There is some evidence to support the view that using mediation helps summary writing in an L2. 2) Given that there are similar processes involved to those in (1) when L1 people produce in an L2, the question arises as to whether mediation could be a valuable teaching technique. 3) Introducing mediation in the L2 classroom might activate the strategies required when learning an L2, and good use of it by trained teachers could result in people becoming successful language ‘mediators’. 4) This small experiment suggests a need for further research on this. (Mediation ⇎ Translation)