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ERIC Number: EJ927073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
Making (and Not Making) Connections with Web 2.0 Technology in the ESL Composition Classroom
Nakamaru, Sarah
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v38 n4 p377-390 May 2011
In this essay, the author describes her own attempt at incorporating Web 2.0 technology into her teaching: a wiki project that she used in her English as a second language (ESL) composition course. The theme she traces throughout the rest of this essay is the wiki's ability (or inability) to make "connections" of various kinds. Like any text, the particular form a classroom assignment takes is shaped by a recursive consideration of its audiences and purposes. As the author considered and reconsidered the audience, purpose, and form for her class wiki, the assignment became a draft that went through multiple revisions. This essay describes two drafts of the assignment and the wikis that resulted: the first created in spring 2009 and the second in fall 2009 (with separate classes of students). The author begins by explaining her own motivation as an instructor for incorporating a wiki into her classes. The description of the project is followed by a critical reflection on the project's successes and failures. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A