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ERIC Number: ED424784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan-31
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
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Simulation and Collaborative Learning in Political Science and Sociology Classrooms.
Peters, Sandra; Saxon, Deborah
The program described here used cooperative, content-based computer writing projects to teach Japanese students at an intermediate level of English proficiency enrolled in first-year, English-language courses in political science/environmental issues and sociology/environmental issues in an international college program. The approach was taken to make the content accessible to students with inadequate English language skills and to narrow course content to the key concepts while building those skills. Because the content of the courses overlapped considerably, the teachers collaborated. The final class writing assignment was development of a newsletter or Web site reflecting the styles of writing found in those of environmental interest groups. Pre-writing activities helped students identify environmental problems to target, simulate formation of interest groups, and gather related information. The groups then created documents and sent electronic mail. The project served as a natural vehicle for collaborative work, developed both receptive and productive language skills, supported development of research skills, provided real-world experience and exposure to authentic materials, and taught computer-related techniques such as creation of graphics and varied text types. Contains 3 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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