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TESOL Int'l Convention and Language Expo 2013 Recap Presentation

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Attendees of the 2013 TESOL Int'l Convention and Language Expo present information about a couple sessions at the convention. …

Attendees of the 2013 TESOL Int'l Convention and Language Expo present information about a couple sessions at the convention.

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  • 1. TESOL 2013: Review, Reflections, and Directions for the Future Crystal Rose, Iva Skobic, Leah Kronick and Sarah Selz
  • 2. • • • • Four days More than 6,500 attendees Three days of concurrent sessions Four charming MA-ESL students
  • 3. TESOL 2013 Dallas, Texas
  • 4. One research-based presentation & one practice-based presentation Using Corpora in Effectively Treating Lexicogrammatical Errors in ESL Writing Dilin Liu, University of Alabama Making Room for Fluency Training in Reading Instruction Fredricka Stoller, Northern Arizona University William Grabe, Northern Arizona University
  • 5. Using Corpora in Effectively Treating Lexico-grammatical Errors in L2 Writing Background • • • Lexico-grammatical mistakes are common among L2 learners Students learn vocabulary and grammar simultaneously Corpus data can be used to help students understand lexico-grammatical errors (Liu and Jiang, 2009)
  • 6. Using Corpora in Effectively Treating Lexico-grammatical Errors in L2 Writing Participants Four sections of ESL freshmen in the US TOEFL scores = 500+ Participants were introduced to COCA search functions early in the semester & used COCA to answer questions in their own writing assignments throughout the term • • •
  • 7. Using Corpora in Effectively Treating Lexico-grammatical Errors in L2 Writing Method Learners were given a questionnaire with 40 error correction exercises to complete. • o o • Half of the items were to be corrected by the learner alone, and half were to be completed with the use of COCA. Types of errors included: collocations, use of prepositions, word meanings, register information, use of articles, and subject/verb agreement. Learners were then asked to report whether using COCA was helpful for the items or not.
  • 8. Using Corpora in Effectively Treating Lexico-grammatical Errors in L2 Writing Results • • • Learners reported that COCA was most useful in correcting collocation errors and least useful in correcting errors in subject/verb agreement. Learners completed 60% more corrections with the use of COCA than they did without. Learners also correctly identified and corrected errors more effectively when they used COCA in all categories except for article usage errors.
  • 9. Using Corpora in Effectively Treating Lexico-grammatical Errors in L2 Writing Takeaways • • • • COCA can be a useful tool to give learners if they are trained on how to use it to correct their own errors- both inductively and deductively COCA is not useful for identifying or correcting article usage errors COCA is only useful if students are able to identify the type of error they are coming across Using COCA can take away experience of students making corrections themselves(instead of looking up a correction)
  • 10. Making Room for Fluency Training in the Reading Classroom Background Rapid and prosodically appropriate reading Accuracy Assumes comprehension Defined characteristic of skilled readers • • • • o • Word recognition, vocabulary, sentence processing, and motivation Students who do not read fluently will spend more time on decoding than they will on understanding the meaning of the text.
  • 11. Making Room for Fluency Training in the Reading Classroom Word Recognition Exercises (see handout 1) Goal is to increase speed and accuracy over time Promotes word recognition (not vocabulary) Phrase Recognition Exercises (see handout 1) Promotes collocation recognition (not vocabulary) • • •
  • 12. Making Room for Fluency Training in the Reading Classroom Semantic Connection Exercises (see handout 2) Goal is to match key words with terms in the same semantic categories • Lexical Access Fluency Exercises Goal is to match key words with meanings Focus on synonyms • •
  • 13. Making Room for Fluency Training in the Reading Classroom Oral Reading Exercises (see handout 2) Goal is to increase speed and accuracy over time Texts that have already been covered for comprehension • • • Choral reading, echo reading, radio reading, oral paired reading/re-reading, reader's theater
  • 14. Making Room for Fluency Training in the Reading Classroom Implementing fluency training in my classroom... • • • • Fairly easy to keep track of progress Quick and easy activity Brings out questions related to pronunciation and vocabulary (not goal of tasks, but added benefit at the lower level) Students have fun?

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