First Discussion in a Series on Teaching Academic Writing To English Learners
Submitted by Susan Finn Miller on March 4, 2018 - 9:07am
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Warm welcome to our discussion on Teaching Academic Writing to English Learners!
Thank you to our guest facilitators, Rebeca Fernandez, Joy Kreeft Peyton and Kirsten Schaetzel, for presenting the first webinar in a series on this important topic last Friday. Those who are interested can access the PowerPoint from last Friday's webinar at this link. In their introductory webinar, the presenters outlined the importance of teaching academic writing, the results of a national survey of current practices on teaching academic writing in adult ESL (at this link you can access some details about the survey's findings), and some important principles and practices that can guide instruction.
During this week's discussion, the presenters are pleased to share more details about their survey as well as the practical implications that grow out of the survey for adult ESL programs and teachers. Our guests will have the opportunity to go even deeper into practical teaching strategies during the upcoming 3 webinars and follow up discussions to be held in April. Stay tuned for the dates for these webinars which will focus on the following topics:
- Using writing as the basis for reading
- Using graphic organizers to develop academic writing skills
- Using writing test sample questions (from the GED®, HiSET, TASC) to develop academic writing skills
We are grateful to have these distinguished guests leading a discussion this week. Thank you, Rebeca, Joy and Kirsten for joining us on LINCS this week to share your expertise on the important topic of teaching academic writing to English learners. We greatly appreciate your being with us, and we are looking forward to a great time of learning with you this week!
To get our discussion started, I'd like to pose a couple of questions. The three of you conducted a national survey to collect data on current practices related to the teaching of academic writing to adult English learners. (Members can access the article you published in the COABE Journal about your findings here.)
Could you tell us what motivated your interest in this topic?
Would you explain what academic writing is and why you believe it is so important?
Bios of the Presenters:
- Dr. Rebeca Fernandez is an Assistant Professor at Davidson College. She has been in the field of language and literacy for 25 years. She began her career in bilingual education and taught adult ESL for many years. She currently works with multilinguals and teaches courses in the Rhetoric & Writing Studies and Educational Studies programs at Davidson College.
- Dr. Joy Kreeft Peyton is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Linguistics. Her work includes implementing and studying approaches to writing that give learners opportunities to express themselves in environments that facilitate learning and success. She has worked on writing projects overseas and in the United States in K-12 and adult education settings.
- Dr. Kirsten Schaetzel is the English Language Specialist at Emory University School of Law. She works with students, faculty, and staff on academic and cultural adaptation and expectations. She has taught academic writing to adult learners overseas and in the United States and worked with the CAELA intitative at the Center for Applied Linguistics.