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Grammar - Error Correction / List of common errors in English usage
« on: April 16, 2019, 09:43:11 PM »
I found a list of common errors in English usage. The list was developed by Professor Brians at Washington State University and it included thoudsands of common errors. Here is the link:
The list is ordered alphabetically. Within each entry there's a short explanation of the error made by learners and how to use the feature correctly. This list does not only contain grammar errors but also spelling and pronunciation errors. I think teachers can use the list to get an idea of what errors their students may make. And it can be used by students as self-learning resources. Teachers could also make an assignment based on the list.

Feedback--Peer Review / Kaizena makes giving feedback easier
« on: April 16, 2019, 09:21:27 PM »
Kaizena is a google extension that allows teachers to provide detailed feedback on google docs very conveniently. Teachers can add voice messages, give students a grade on a certain skill ("Track a skill" feature) , attach a lesson if you think students should review something you have talked about in class, and add text messages as well.
Before adding a skill or attaching a lesson, you can go to to create skills and lessons. For "Track a Skill" feature, you can create the name of the skill, give students a rating, and add explanation of what this rating means. For "Attach a Lesson", you can also add lessons and give students links and add voice or text messages on

I found this blog post where Lin Zhou, a PhD candidate at the University of Hawai'i Manoa, who graduated from our MATESL program a couple of years ago, talks about her experiences using role-playing games to teach writing. She introduces why she designs games, steps for making games, and two programs for teachers in develping games.

She mentioned ARIS It's a free app develope by the University of Wisconsin Madison. According to the website, "With ARIS, you can build an interactive story, tour or game. Players can complete quests, collect items, and talk to virtual characters, all while exploring the world around them."

I found a video giving instructions on how to use ARIS.
The apps seems to be easy to use and do not require any programming knowledge. You can add players, edit conversations, create events, etc.

Technology and Teaching Reading & Writing / Scible
« on: April 16, 2019, 01:05:50 AM »
Scible is like a digital library where users can save documents, organize them using tags, and annotate with different colors on webpages. We can use Scrible to highlight texts, take notes, make comments within the texts, and collaborate with others on the file. The annotations written by a user can be shared with others via email, twitter, or facebook, and people can reply to each other's comments on the same file. Teachers can share their annotations online and any in-class materials with students who want to review the content at home. It can also be used as a way to assign homework related to the reading texts and allows for immediate feedback from teachers using the online chatting feature. If you are teaching writing, especially writing research paper, Scrible makes organizing sources and writing bibliographies easy for students.

Cause & Effect / A checklist for an outline of a cause-effect essay
« on: April 03, 2019, 01:43:44 PM »

This is a checklist for a in-class peer review session. Students have been asked to created an outline for their cause-effect essays and in the class they should comment on two outlines created by their classmates.
[/size]Peer-Editing Worksheet: Cause and Effect
[/size]Writer: ­­­­___________             Reviewer: _____________
[/size]1.        Is the outline a focus-on-causes or a focus-on-effects outline?
[/size]2.        How many body paragraphs does the outline have? Does the outline have introduction and conclusion?
[/size]3.        Is the thesis statement clear? Does it have a preview?
[/size] 4.        In which order are the causes and/or effects arranged? Is this an effective order? If not, what revisions do you suggest?
[/size]5.        Are there any irrelevant causes or effects included?
[/size]6.        Are all causal relationships logical? Does the author confuse correlation with causation?
[/size] 7.        Does the writer provide “minor” causes or effects (or examples) under each cause or effect clearly and convincingly?
[/size] 8.       (Optional) If you happen to be familiar with your peer’s topic, does the writer consider all relevant causes and/or effects? Are any key causes or effects omitted?
[/size]9.        (Optional) Do you have any other suggestions on the outline?
[/size] After the peer review: Read the feedback you received and writes a short reflection (100 words) on how you want to revise your outline.

General Writing Resources / Teaching writing materials sharing
« on: March 24, 2019, 10:11:38 PM »
This website contains a comprehensive guide on writing convensions. The materials are divided into three sections: the writing process, structural considerations, and patterns of composition. About 30 topics are covered in the website and each topic is introduced within a short article. The materials can be good supplemental reading materials that teachers assign to students. New teachers may also get some ideas on how to teach the topic by reading the articles.

General Writing Resources / A guide to self-editing
« on: March 24, 2019, 09:52:52 PM »
This material is a guide to self-editing. It include general guidelines that guide students through the stages of self-editing and a detailed checklists that encourage learners to think more in depth about their writing in different aspects such as sentence structure, grammar, and style. Correcting errors is an important component of writing process, but an instructor marking every error in an essay does not make the student a better learner, and a learner cannot rely on the instructor forever. Students have to learn self-editing. I feel this worksheet can help them to begin to learn self-editing. It is something I will ask my students to use for their next paper. The checklist may not work well with some of the students because all of the questions are yes or no questions. I may revise some of the questions and ask my students to write short paragraphs describing what revisions they have made after working on this checklist.

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