This fall’s International Writing Exchange is the best I have seen with students from all around the world. It’s a grand opportunity to interact with students from all countries and be an ambassador from your country.
With the first essay, first impressions, we can see that a diversity of answers made for interesting reading and those who participated got feedback from many other participants on the site. I invite you to participate likewise, and give feedback to other writers in English from around the world.
Cynthia Edwards, the writing teacher from Japan, has asked the writers on the site to answer some surveys that her students are working on for a final project for their class. Here is her letter if you would like to make the time to answer them.
It seems that the Fall round is moving along well and students are responding to each others’ writings. My students are being challenged and stimulated by their peers around the world.
Again this year, as a condition for graduation, my students must conduct a simple research and writing project and present the results using powerpoint. They will post their presentations in IWE so that everyone can see and respond to them. This year’s theme is Japanese food culture. Each of the 4 students has chosen a theme within the broad theme: Bento (boxed or packed lunch), dishes and tablewear, healing foods and home remedies, and festival foods sold outdoors by vendors at the festival sites.
They have made surveys and posted them on Survey Monkey. Please have your students respond. The final deadline is November 22.
Reina’s survey on dishes: https://jp.surveymonkey.com/s/Z3FY5VX
Maiko’s survey on healing foods and home remedies: https://jp.surveymonkey.com/s/ZX6NJ7F
Two more surveys will be ready on Monday the 18th. There is not much time but please pass these URL on to your students right away.
If there are any issues with the surveys, please let me know.
Thanks so much for your help!
Hello Writing Community and Writers
As we gear up for this Saturday’s class, I imagine you might be wondering why I asked you to read a chapter on Quantum Writing from the book Quantum Learning. Throughout our careers we will have to summarize, gather our ideas, synthesize, and collect our diversified thoughts and the abundance of ideas and concepts that we expose ourselves to into an understandable mode of writing so we can share with other people. The amount of information we gather is so vast that we need to collect it in such a format so we can access the knowledge readily when we need it.
When we prepare to write a paper, an essay, a composition, an article, a thesis, or a dissertation, we need to organize our thoughts to produce our ideas logically into understandable formats for other people. So, have a look at these cognitive tools which might change us from being product-oriented into process-oriented writers. We will be working with them during our next class and after class you might want to have some for your own….well, here they are!
Be thinking about how you would use these cognitive tools in your daily life. We will share next class.
By this time you should be winding up writing your first composition, the First Impressions essay. When you write this essay, you may want to include something about the Cultural dimensions that you learned and how they might influence your first impressions. Please bring the compositions in printed format that you prepared for our International Writing Exchange so I can have access to them also.
In class, we looked at a book chapter that was presented in two different formats: one in a reduced manner with graphic organizers, and the other in textual format. We were able extract the main idea and supporting details, and transform certain pages in the book chapter into another graphic organizer using x.mind.net, an online mind mapping tool.
We saw that the book chapter dealt with the process of writing, an element of writing in English that is inherent to the writing skill in the English language, but does not occur when writing in the Spanish language. Therefore, should we assume that as Spanish speakers, in order to perform adequately in the writing skill in a foreign language, such as English, we should follow the writing process? What do you think?
Here is an article that explains why it is so difficult to write in a foreign language. When we write using a second or foreign language, we are using a different discourse pattern than what we learned in our first language.
Here is an interesting read:
Now that we know a little bit more about our cultural differences around the world, it is time to sign up, sign in and introduce yourselves on the International Writing Exchange. You will be able to get in with the enrolment key, which is @just4fun. Once you sign in, please create a profile about yourself, add why you are studying Advanced Writing and tell a little about yourself personally, jut like the other candidates in the exchange.
This semester will be very exciting, since we have such a mixture of ages and countries. I am really looking forward to this exchange will will enrich our writing experience.
One last word about the homework: make sure to follow the instructions, you are not being asked to write an essay yet…read carefully.
Much more than a writing course, in our class we will be building a writing community, growing as people, renewing our English communication skills and communicating with other people around the world.
Our writing community will have visitors from around the world. Please click around this site…you can’t hurt anything. Make sure you read the blogging guidelines posts in the tabs at the top, the Blogging Guidelines and the course syllabus tabs.
Your anthology can be found at Master Copy, the copy place which is located right near the entrance of the parking lot. The copies will run around 65 pesos plus the binding. Please have the anthology for the second class.
During the semester we will be participating in the International Writing Exchange.
“International Writing Exchange (IWE) is a collaborative writing project where teachers from colleges and high schools from around the globe bring their students into the course or a cultural exchange as they improve their writing skills. The project was started in 1993 with Ruth Vilmi in Finland.
The course is on a Moodle website called Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL). The Moodle website is password protected and the course has an enrolment key because privacy is very important to the participants. Students are sometimes grouped into study buddy groups so they peer review and discuss the topics and their writing. Once they feel their written work is ready, they post it in the class discussion forum for everyone to view and discuss.”
To know more about the project, access these videos and presentations:
Please sign up for participation and satisfaction. http://www.integrating-technology.org/enrol/index.php?id=458
Our first foray into writing is merely a paragraph to get us started. Descriptive writing happens all over the place: in the beginning, middle and end of narratives, we use description to help set the scene. When describing social experiements, we have a description section to provide insight to the variables that might affect our results, in a play, the description appears in stage directions.
Descriptive writing is based on two premises:
1. Show don’t tell.
2 Use the five senses.
Here are the videos that might be of assistance as you wonder about what to write:
Descriptive writing video: