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Writing Workshop: Dr Sy-ying Lee & Dr Stephen Krashen

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Slides from the April 2013 workshop "Writing & Technology", conducted by Dr Sy-ying Lee and Dr Stephen Krashen as part of "Love to Learn":

Co-organised by Bring Me A Book Hong Kong and the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation, "Love to Learn" is a collaborative non-profit series of talks and workshops designed to promote children's critical, creative, and innovative thinking whilst minimising anxiety and stress related to academic performance.

In the 2011 Progress in International Reading and Literacy Study (PIRLS), Hong Kong ranked LOWEST out of 45 regions in terms of motivation to read and family literacy. Only 12 percent of Hong Kong parents engaged in pre-school literacy activities with their children, versus the international average of 37 percent.

Through Love To Learn, we hope to show parents and teachers how easy it can be to instil a real love of reading in their children, making teaching and learning more pleasurable and less stressful for everyone involved!

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Writing Workshop: Dr Sy-ying Lee & Dr Stephen Krashen

  1. 1. +Workshop forWriting & Technology
  2. 2. +The Reading and Writing ConnectionReading is a cure of writing anxiety andwriters blockReading leads to all aspects of our writingabilityReading shapes our writing style
  3. 3. +Reading as a Means to Develop WritingAbility/Performance
  4. 4. +Reading as a Cure of WA and WB.24.70.26.30-.29(-.26)(.26)-.29 (-.36). .28.17Figure 4.The Revised Structural Model after 14 respecifications.E17ATTCOMATTITUDES --INSTRUCTIONFREEWRITINGFREEREADINGRC WCWRITER’SBLOCKWRITINGAPPREHENSIONEDITLATEBLOCKWA1WA2WA3WA4WRITINGPERFORMANCE
  5. 5. +The use of Technology—BloggingAnne
  6. 6. Poster Sessions
  7. 7. Readthinkwritesharespeak listen interactEngage andhave funLearnautonomouslyPoster Sessions
  8. 8. +The most important:Book Access!
  9. 9. +Self-Perceived ImprovementFluency: Write more wordsStructure: Write with better organizationContent: Put in more ideasVocabulary: Use words in the readingmaterial
  10. 10. +Other aspects of AchievementWant to write more carefullyWant to write better to advertise the bookto friendsWant to write better to win more audienceand feedbackWant to express ideas and be heard
  11. 11. +Senior English Majors’ Reflections on WritingDevelopment via ReadingVocabulary“Sometimes, when I write, new words or phrasespop out in my mind.Writing AnxietyMy ‘writing flow’ gets better. And I am lessblocked now!”
  12. 12. +Genre“I had never particularly tried to write a ghoststory, but I could also build a spooky ambiencein writing by just reading Stephen King…Theprogress from a ‘receptive’ aspect to a‘productive’ aspect is ecstatic and surprising,because I never memorize sample writings norwords I adore!”
  13. 13. +New learning of known words used differently“I become more aware of the verbs and adjectivesthat describe facial expressions & actions, whichconstitutes the vivid images in the story…J.K.Rowling uses words precisely yet vividly. WhenVoldemort asked his servant to help him put on hisrobe, he only said ‘Robe me.’ This is the first time Isee robe used as a verb. So precise and so concise!”
  14. 14. +Developing competence of distinguishingdifferent styles among authors“Nearly 4 years of reading experience make iteasier for me to tell a writer’s style. In The Lordof the Ring or writings by Dickens, you enjoy thebeautiful and profound use of language; JackKerouac manipulates readers with his wild andconceited style; and Fannie Flagg attracts heraudience in a more gentle and humorous flow ofwords.”
  15. 15. +ConclusionTechnology provides sociocognitive scaffolding toenhance learning, but it is still a tool. And, notevery learner likes it.It is always the book that begins our journey ofreading.While schools produce school time readers, ourgoal is to create life long readers who enjoyreading and keep improving for their whole lifetime (Smith, 1988).

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