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ERIC Number: EJ824633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1945-3248
Training ESOL Instructors and Tutors for Online Conferencing
Hewett, Beth L.; Lynn, Robert
Writing Instructor, Sep 2007
Individualized conferencing, a situation where instructors and tutors work individually with students, is one traditional way in which students whose first language is not English (ESOL) can receive help as they learn and practice their English speaking and writing skills. This article is a demonstration of some of the practical strategies common to English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) conferencing that may require different consideration in various online settings. The authors present these online strategies through three conference-based cases where the ESOL instructors would have benefited from additional training specific to conferencing online: a synchronous "chat" that resembles a transcript of face-to-face interaction, a synchronous whiteboard interaction that uses both text and graphical tools, and an asynchronous interaction that engages local embedded and global end commentary. After each example, they present a discussion of ESOL-based concerns that might need to be addressed somewhat differently in an online setting. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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