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Using Cloud Computing to Improve Feedback in EFL Courses
G. R. MacLean
University of the Ryukyus, Japan
This presentation will describe the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing for enabling students to submit work and to receive immediate and near-immediate feedback about their results via cloud applications such as Google Forms. Findings are from six English as a Foreign Language (EFL) courses where students used cloud computing to submit assignments, and to complete quizzes and major exams. Results of the study and an ensuing discussion will be based on the teacher’s field notes, descriptive statistics from an 18-item questionnaire (N = 68), open-ended student comments from the questionnaire, as well as student interviews.
Focus on Form instruction improved JH students’ skills
Nagoya University of Foreign Studies(NUFS), Japan
Communicative grammar teaching, which is focus-on-form (not
focus-on-forms) instruction improved five junior high students’
communicative competence in a private school in Japan. Furthermore,
performance tests showed them to be fluent speakers and writers thanks to
positive wash back. The poster presentation shows the results of
a two-year action research project on focus-on-form including the students’ essays, original books, and the research data.
Getting Creative In Writing Classes
L. I. Landsberry
Nagoya College, Japan
Many teachers struggle with writing classes. It can be a challenge to get students writing in English, let alone be creative with their writing. To make a change from paragraph, essay, and email writing, two lessons in the semester were spent on creative writing. The presenter will show how she used Storybird, an online software program to get students to be creative and write a story in English. Students were able to share their stories in a class library and talk about the stories they enjoyed or thought were interesting and well-written. Future potential writing projects will also be discussed.
Case Western Reserve University, United States of America