Content-Based Academic Writing with Technology: ESL and EFL Contexts

By Min Jung Jee.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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This paper proposes a curriculum that aims to promote a practical use of technology in both Content-Based English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) academic writing classes. An academic writing course that incorporates technology, which is called Content-Based Academic Writing with Technology (CBAWT), is proposed with specific instruction on how to use technology as a tool for ESL and EFL academic writing instruction. Students are ESL or EFL pre-college level and are preparing to study Humanities or Education at a university in the U.S. This program will allow the students to create their own collaborative community that will facilitate their academic achievements, and their personal relationships for future collaborative work. The theme of this program is “Education and Technology.” Students complete 8 modules. Each module consists of one thematic topic and one rhetoric pattern of academic writing. Students will develop content knowledge on the topic, as well as academic writing skills. In addition this curriculum will foster students’ technology-related literacy. Students can use the class website as a course management tool to check course syllabus, materials and task requirements. Blogs will function as a collaborative work environment for students, allowing communication and acting as electronic portfolios for uploading their own writings and receiving feedback from both peers and the teacher. Instead of using official textbooks, this program provides online materials selected by the teacher, enhancing students’ authentic language use and interaction.

Keywords: CALL, CBI, Process Writing, Academic Writing, ESL, EFL

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.735MB).

Min Jung Jee

Ph.D Student, Foreign Language Education Program, University of Texas at Austin, Ausitn, TX, USA

Min Jung Jee is a Ph. D student of Foreign Language Education Program at the University of Texas at Austin. She had taught English to various levels of students, from kindergarten to college students, for about 5 years in Korea. Her research interests are Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) and technology assisted language learning and teaching. More specifically, she is interested in developing pedagogically sound Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) tasks using various technological tools and creating an optimal CALL environment for ESL and EFL teachers and students. Recently, she had presentations on effective use of technology in ESL and EFL at several conferences and published articles on that topic. Currently, she is doing a study on interactional patterns of synchronous CMC of Second Life and TeachNet from the sociocultural perspectives.