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Peer-editing using MS Word, blogs and wikis: how to make the most of them? Natalya Eydelman MA TESOL & ICT University of Leeds (UK) Novosibirsk State University.

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1 Peer-editing using MS Word, blogs and wikis: how to make the most of them? Natalya Eydelman MA TESOL & ICT University of Leeds (UK) Novosibirsk State University (Russia) eydelman.natalia@gmail.com

2 James Simpson Richard Badger Aisha Walker (University of Leeds) A. L. Nazarenko (MGU) M. A. Bovtenko (NGTU) N. A. Khochaturova (NGTU) N. V. Katasonova (GU-VSE) N. N. Romanyatova (GU-VSE) STUDENTS Olga Kuvshinova (NGU) Anastasya Vencvhikova (NGU) Julia Oreshnnikova (GU-VSE) COLLEAGUES

3 My teaching context An academic writing course for EFL English majors Approaches to learning and teaching: Process Product Genre

4 Course Content & Objectives To master drafting, revising and editing skills To improve summarising and paraphrasing skills To master peer- editing skills To develop web- searching skills Engaging content Good organization Good logic Coherence Rhetoric patterns characteristic of English Lexical and grammatical accuracy

5 In the beginning… F2F: peer feedback (1st draft) MS Word: T feedback (2nd draft) MS Word: self-reflection Writing portfolio

6 Advantages of peer-editing Active involvement Authentic context for communication Informal environment Alternative and authentic audience Focus on the readers interests and needs Lower level of anxiety caused by the necessity to write an essay Critical reading skills Decrease in teacher workload (?) Zamel, V.; Sommers, N.; Hyland, K.; Hyland, F.; Hedge, P.; Ferris, D.

7 My research project Affordances and limitations of MS Word, blogs and wikis for peer-editing

8 Word Blog Wiki Student 1 Student 2 Student 3 s2 s3 s1 r2 r3 r1 S: source R: receiver The scheme of the study

9 MS Word for peer-editing a)Numbered list b) Use of colour c) Different fonts: italics; bold; underline; strikeout d) Brackets e) Punctuation marks: ?; …;

10 Blogs for peer-editing a) Posts: reverse chronological order b) Numbered list c) Indicating the line number (proposed by students) (limited use) Essay draft 1

11 Wikis for peer-editing (1) Essay draft 1

12 Wikis for peer-editing (2) Essay draft 2

13 Wikis for peer-editing: summary From MS Word a) Numbered list b) Colour c) Different fonts: italics, bold; strikeout d) Brackets e) Punctuation marks: ?; ; From blogs a) Numbered list comments (Ss variant)

14 Wikis for peer-editing: special features a) History b) Compiling annotated reference lists and bibliography c) Compiling thematic vocabulary lists d) …

15 What the students think Wikis 1.More motivation 2.Better and more convenient organisation 3.More visual support But We say Yes! To Wikis as project work A regular feature of instruction???

16 As a result… Wikis of my Foreign Languages Department groups of students: http://acwr961.pbworks.com/FrontPage http://acwr962.pbworks.com/FrontPage http://acwr963.pbworks.com/FrontPage http://acwr965.pbworks.com/FrontPage

17 How it all started Created group wikis for different groups of my learners Created individual student folders Made suggestions about the wiki content/organisation Offered initial training in using the wiki – primarily through practice Students contribution: -In the beginning: mostly adding different images One funny example: kept confusing two students in one group/they uploaded a presentation with their photos to help me remember everybody -Later (in the second semester) started creating a hotlist of resources about troublesome aspects of writing

18 A selection of wiki activities 1.Purpose, audience and genre considerations 2.Your dictionaries 3.Writing genres 4.Essay development strategies 5.Article summary writing 6.Reflecting on completed essays 7.Error analysis worksheets 8.Introduction to referencing

19 Purposes of Writing: A Threaded Discussion Objectives: 1.To determine Ss awareness of the writing process 2.To enable Ss to share and discuss their writing experiences 3.To set up the course procedures

20 Dictionaries in Use

21 Writing Genres Task Task Objectives 1.To build Ss awareness of genre conventions 2. To give Ss practice in identifying genre features 3.To encourage collaboration

22 Essay development strategies Task objectives: 1.To narrow down the subjects 2.To formulate topics of interest in the suggested areas 3. To identify the likely purpose(s) of an essay 4. To formulate points to consider in an essay on a suggested topic

23 Article summary task Task objectives 1.To build Ss awareness of the stages of the writing process 2.To improve summary writing skills 3.To introduce Ss to wiki affordances

24 Threaded discussion of this task in the wiki Points to consider 1. Ss involvement & participation 2. Considerable help in formulating the points of the argument 3. Suggesting supporting evidence BUT No use of some of the wiki affordances

25 Reflecting on completed essays Task objectives 1.To identify essay strengths 2.To consider essay weaknesses 3. To raise Ss awareness to essay revision strategies

26 Error analysis worksheets Task objectives 1.To encourage Ss to reflect on their problem area 2.To raise Ss awareness to the importance of revision 3.To encourage peer- revision

27 Introduction to referencing Task objectives 1.To introduce Ss to referencing conventions 2. To raise Ss awareness to the necessity to document their resources 3.To give Ss practice in referencing their resources

28 Progress with referencing

29 Questions? Comments? Suggestions?


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