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How to Respond Constructively to English Language Learners' (ELLs) Writing - 2/6/2013 -

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How to Respond Constructively to English Language Learners' (ELLs) Writing

  1. Wednesday, February 6th, 20133:00pm - 4:00pm

Reading and responding to ELLs' writing can be perplexing because of the sheer volume of language factors at play-but there are ways to help make this more manageable. This session starts by reviewing relevant research findings from the field of second language writing-for example, that the practice of marking all grammar errors is not only time-consuming (and maddening) for instructors but likely ineffective (at best) or harmful (at worst) for students. Effective response strategies that will be discussed include helping students to use models while writing without "just copying" the models; identifying basic patterns of errors; and deciding on the best type of feedback, e.g., direct or indirect, summative or formative.

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