Marsha Walker AL 8620 February 2, 2010
<ul><li>A learner needs to increase their writing ability in order to effectively communicate </li></ul><ul><li>Practicing...
<ul><li>Choose appropriate writing texts as models. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose CALL material that teaches genre as well as l...
<ul><li>Remember that the model texts should: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contain examples of specific linguistic structures spe...
<ul><li>http://www.softwareforstudents.com/Software_Sounds.htm </li></ul><ul><li>All products cost </li></ul><ul><li>No fr...
<ul><li>http://www.writefix.com/argument/ </li></ul><ul><li>Good source for seeing genre-specific texts </li></ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>Remember specific linguistic forms for genres should be: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explicitly taught </li></ul></ul><u...
<ul><li>http://www.clarityenglish.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>(wrong website listed in book) </li></ul><ul><li>Program costs </...
<ul><li>http://english-zone.com/writing/para-strctr.html </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches basic parts of a paragraph </li></ul><u...
<ul><li>http://www.paragraphpunch.com/index.php </li></ul><ul><li>Program costs </li></ul><ul><li>Great demo </li></ul><ul...
<ul><li>Remember that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing on the computer provides the opportunity for help and immediate feedb...
<ul><li>http://www.wordq.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Suggests words the learner could use </li></ul><ul><li>Gives feedback to h...
<ul><li>http://www.openbooklearning.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>(wrong website listed in book) </li></ul><ul><li>Could be for b...
<ul><li>http://www.vantagelearning.com/myaccess/ </li></ul><ul><li>Program costs </li></ul><ul><li>Grades Student Writing ...
<ul><li>Remember that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Working in collaboration is key </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creation of an ema...
<ul><li>http://www.daedalus.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>(Daedalus Integrated Writing Environment) </li></ul><ul><li>Invokes col...
<ul><li>http://www.tesol.net/penpals/ </li></ul><ul><li>Can sign-up for pen pal </li></ul><ul><li>Lists age range, profici...
<ul><li>http://www.telecom-paristech.fr/tandem/etandem/etproj-en.html </li></ul><ul><li>(wrong website list in book) </li>...
<ul><li>Remember why a score is given: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To inform learners about the quality of their writing </li></...
<ul><li>http://www.ets.org </li></ul><ul><li>Product costs </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluates learners essays </li></ul><ul><li>P...
<ul><li>Remember that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good writing develops over a period of time so a set of strategies is needed ...
<ul><li>The teacher can: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help prompt the learners with  DIWE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help learner...
<ul><li>Remember to choose the right material! </li></ul><ul><li>Choose CALL that teaches genre specific texts with specif...
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  1. 1. Marsha Walker AL 8620 February 2, 2010
  2. 2. <ul><li>A learner needs to increase their writing ability in order to effectively communicate </li></ul><ul><li>Practicing writing can help a learner’s overall language ability </li></ul><ul><li>There are 6 tips that can help a learner on their way </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Choose appropriate writing texts as models. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose CALL material that teaches genre as well as linguistic knowledge and strategies. </li></ul><ul><li>Teach learners how to benefit from the help and feedback functions on a computer. </li></ul><ul><li>Create opportunities to expand knowledge of English through writing for a real audience. </li></ul><ul><li>Include explicit evaluation. </li></ul><ul><li>Help learners develop their writing strategies. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Remember that the model texts should: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contain examples of specific linguistic structures specific to the type of genre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be at the right level for the individual learner </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Understand research states: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Genre-specific instruction for writing is useful (Paltridge 2001) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learners can gain access to texts that are too difficult for them using “easification” (Bhatia 1993) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>http://www.softwareforstudents.com/Software_Sounds.htm </li></ul><ul><li>All products cost </li></ul><ul><li>No free trial </li></ul><ul><li>Only available applications for demo do not appear to focus on writing </li></ul><ul><li>For all levels </li></ul><ul><li>Easy Writer led to this other FREE magnificent site: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.eslhelpdesk.com/index.html </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>http://www.writefix.com/argument/ </li></ul><ul><li>Good source for seeing genre-specific texts </li></ul><ul><li>Definitely for advanced learners </li></ul><ul><li>Great tips for writing </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher would have to preteach specific materials, such as vocabulary and grammar forms </li></ul><ul><li>All essays 250-400 words </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Remember specific linguistic forms for genres should be: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explicitly taught </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasized </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practiced repeatedly </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Understand that research states: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific conventions must be taught (Swales 1991) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis is important for learning </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>http://www.clarityenglish.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>(wrong website listed in book) </li></ul><ul><li>Program costs </li></ul><ul><li>Best Application for writing: Business writing </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.clarityenglish.com/BusinessWriting/demo/Start.html?version=NAMEN </li></ul><ul><li>Great and thorough program </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>http://english-zone.com/writing/para-strctr.html </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches basic parts of a paragraph </li></ul><ul><li>Has practice quiz </li></ul><ul><li>Definitely higher level students </li></ul><ul><li>Here’s a site with more exercises: </li></ul><ul><li>http://web.jjay.cuny.edu/~esl-rc/HTML/writing/exmenu_structure.html </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>http://www.paragraphpunch.com/index.php </li></ul><ul><li>Program costs </li></ul><ul><li>Great demo </li></ul><ul><li>Extremely detailed instruction provided </li></ul><ul><li>Really makes the writing process clear </li></ul><ul><li>Worth the cost ($9.99 per year) </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Remember that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing on the computer provides the opportunity for help and immediate feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vocabulary and grammar errors become extremely salient when learners attempt to use them in their writing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Understand research states: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Noting the errors and correcting them is helpful for the learners (Ferris 2004;Doughty & Williams 1998; Swain & Lapkin 1995) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students do not use the computer’s feedback to do error correct without the teacher’s help (Burston 2001) </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>http://www.wordq.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Suggests words the learner could use </li></ul><ul><li>Gives feedback to help you find your mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>Makes the learner responsible for fixing mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>Program costs </li></ul><ul><li>Can download 30-day trial </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>http://www.openbooklearning.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>(wrong website listed in book) </li></ul><ul><li>Could be for beginners - advanced </li></ul><ul><li>Students sign-up for a classroom based on their actual teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Program costs </li></ul><ul><li>Focus is on Literacy – mainly pronunciation and vocabulary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Video: http://www.openbooklearning.com/Virtual%20Campus.html </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>http://www.vantagelearning.com/myaccess/ </li></ul><ul><li>Program costs </li></ul><ul><li>Grades Student Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Often used for more advanced learners </li></ul><ul><li>Has videos as demos </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Remember that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Working in collaboration is key </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creation of an email message, blog, web page, and more can boast interaction </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research states that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing is essential to language learning because it provides “comprehensible output” (Swain 1985) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CALL opens up opportunities to write to real audiences (Egbert & Hanson-Smith 1999 and Warschauer 1997) </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>http://www.daedalus.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>(Daedalus Integrated Writing Environment) </li></ul><ul><li>Invokes collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Students can edit each others papers </li></ul><ul><li>Product Costs </li></ul><ul><li>Can get free trial mailed to you </li></ul><ul><li>Great demo on Tips for Teaching CALL cd </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>http://www.tesol.net/penpals/ </li></ul><ul><li>Can sign-up for pen pal </li></ul><ul><li>Lists age range, proficiency level and native language </li></ul><ul><li>When student receives contact from a possible pen pal they can approve of reject them </li></ul><ul><li>Great way to collaborate and learn a language together </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>http://www.telecom-paristech.fr/tandem/etandem/etproj-en.html </li></ul><ul><li>(wrong website list in book) </li></ul><ul><li>2 learners wanting to learn each others language become pen pals </li></ul><ul><li>Must complete registration form to find a partner </li></ul><ul><li>For serious learners only </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Remember why a score is given: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To inform learners about the quality of their writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To help learners improve overall writing and language ability </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research states that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment is important in the learning process (Cheng & Watanabe 2004 and Skehan 1998) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students will plan and anticipate tests which will improve their language (Crookes 1989) </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>http://www.ets.org </li></ul><ul><li>Product costs </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluates learners essays </li></ul><ul><li>Provides only a holistic score </li></ul><ul><li>Errors are highlighted for learner to fix </li></ul><ul><li>Online demo: http://www.ets.org/Media/Products/Criterion/tour2/critloader.html </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Remember that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good writing develops over a period of time so a set of strategies is needed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-evaluation strategies are important </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research states that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing strategies are studied from 3 different angles: psychological, sociological, and linguistic perspectives (Grabe & Kaplan 1996) </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>The teacher can: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help prompt the learners with DIWE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help learners plan and organize My Access! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write and revise on Microsoft Word </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide model essays that learns can use as a basis for their own essays Click into English </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Remember to choose the right material! </li></ul><ul><li>Choose CALL that teaches genre specific texts with specific focus on linguistic knowledge and strategies! </li></ul><ul><li>Teach learners how to benefit from feedback and help! </li></ul><ul><li>Create opportunities to expand knowledge of English through real-world situations! </li></ul><ul><li>Include explicit evaluation! </li></ul><ul><li>Help learners develop strategies for continuing to learn writing! </li></ul>

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