Web 2.0 Tools Promoting Reading Skills among University Students<br />Adam Forrester<br />English Language Centre <br />Ho...
Background<br />Importance of Reading<br />Declining Reading skills<br />Internet<br />Read@PolyU<br />
Pilot Course<br />First year veterinary nurses<br />Academic English course<br />40 Students in 2 groups<br />English leve...
Reading<br />Quality and Quantity<br />critical view<br /> Journals<br />Collaborate and Share<br />Added Benefits<br />vo...
Web 2.0 Tools<br />What tools?<br />Online voice recording and sharing<br />Mind maps<br />Vocabulary development<br />Why...
Example (1): Online Voice Recording<br />
Example (2): Mind Map<br />
Example (3a): Vocabulary development<br />
Example (3b): Vocabulary development<br />2. Secrecy<br />encrypt (verb) (see picture using Shahi - encryption cog )<br />...
Example (3c): Vocabulary development<br />picture using Shahi - encryption cog<br />
Results<br />Most students fulfilled requirement<br />Voice recording most popular<br />Mind mapping least popular<br />Vo...
Student Feedback<br />Online Voice Recording<br />“it’s very convenient to use and it works well”<br />“quite easy to use”...
Problems (1)<br />Online Mind Mapping<br />Current methods technically difficultly compared to drawing on a piece of paper...
Problems (2)<br />Vocabulary Development<br /> Still waiting for technology to catch up<br />compare a vocabulary note boo...
Tools Used<br />Moodle (hosted on University servers)<br />Online mindmapping<br />http://www.mindomo.com<br />http://www....
Tools Used (2)<br />Vocabulary<br />http://blachan.com/shahi/    is a visual dictionary<br />http://www.wordle.net/  used ...
Adam Forrester<br />ecadamf@gmail.com<br />http://about.me/adamf<br />
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IETC 2011 Istanbul

  1. 1. Web 2.0 Tools Promoting Reading Skills among University Students<br />Adam Forrester<br />English Language Centre <br />Hong Kong Polytechnic University<br />IETC 2011<br />
  2. 2. Background<br />Importance of Reading<br />Declining Reading skills<br />Internet<br />Read@PolyU<br />
  3. 3. Pilot Course<br />First year veterinary nurses<br />Academic English course<br />40 Students in 2 groups<br />English level – IELTS 5.5 – 8<br />Host department very supportive<br />Requirement of 3 articles<br />Moodle ‘blog’<br />
  4. 4. Reading<br />Quality and Quantity<br />critical view<br /> Journals<br />Collaborate and Share<br />Added Benefits<br />vocabulary development<br />
  5. 5. Web 2.0 Tools<br />What tools?<br />Online voice recording and sharing<br />Mind maps<br />Vocabulary development<br />Why?<br />
  6. 6. Example (1): Online Voice Recording<br />
  7. 7. Example (2): Mind Map<br />
  8. 8. Example (3a): Vocabulary development<br />
  9. 9. Example (3b): Vocabulary development<br />2. Secrecy<br />encrypt (verb) (see picture using Shahi - encryption cog )<br />to change electronic information or signals into a secret code<br />Example: The emails are encrypted so that the Government cannot read them.<br />Extension<br /> encryption<br /> similar words – encipher, write in code<br />
  10. 10. Example (3c): Vocabulary development<br />picture using Shahi - encryption cog<br />
  11. 11. Results<br />Most students fulfilled requirement<br />Voice recording most popular<br />Mind mapping least popular<br />Vocabulary- students used a range of techniques<br />
  12. 12. Student Feedback<br />Online Voice Recording<br />“it’s very convenient to use and it works well”<br />“quite easy to use”<br />Vocabulary<br />“I have learnt the skills only, but not yet enhance the "ability". For example, learning more vocabulary”<br />Mind mapping<br />“ The software takes too long to master. It looks good at end but takes long time”<br />Overall course<br />“too many different types of homework”<br />“there are too much homework”<br />
  13. 13. Problems (1)<br />Online Mind Mapping<br />Current methods technically difficultly compared to drawing on a piece of paper<br />Balance ease of use / benefits<br />Online Voice Recording<br />Students need to understand reason<br /> Why not write a summary?<br />
  14. 14. Problems (2)<br />Vocabulary Development<br /> Still waiting for technology to catch up<br />compare a vocabulary note book / online notebook<br />Teacher workload<br />Listen and feedback to voice recordings<br />Encourage peer review<br />
  15. 15. Tools Used<br />Moodle (hosted on University servers)<br />Online mindmapping<br />http://www.mindomo.com<br />http://www.bubbl.us<br />http://mind42.com<br />Online Voice Recording<br />http://audioboo.fm/<br />http://www.houndbite.com/<br />
  16. 16. Tools Used (2)<br />Vocabulary<br />http://blachan.com/shahi/ is a visual dictionary<br />http://www.wordle.net/ used for word maps<br />http://dictionary.cambridge.org/ used for pronunciation and definitions.<br />
  17. 17. Adam Forrester<br />ecadamf@gmail.com<br />http://about.me/adamf<br />

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