JAMES BATES (FERRIS JOGAKUIN)

THE TEACHING OF ACADEMIC WRITING: AIMING FOR EFFICIENCY : ELT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The teaching of academic writing can be demanding upon educators as it is often very time consuming and requires a good deal of mental effort. This workshop will cover a range of issues and offer perspectives and suggestions as to how students can produce quality academic style essays within the teacher’s limited in-class and out-of-class time frames. Topics will include: (1) Expectations – Aiming for writing improvement over perfection; (2) Feedback – Editing to certain, set degrees and the balancing of error correction and error identification; (3) Referencing – Gradually ‘ratcheting up’ the level of referencing requirements; (4) Essay instructions – A structured approach where students are given an outside framework to be filled ‘from the inside’; (5) Evaluation – Streamlined grading for fairness and consistency with a minimum of quantification. Participants will have the opportunity to share their ideas and thoughts on these points and their own teaching practices.

James Bates has taught ESL/EFL in Australia and has been doing so in Japan for a long time. Having worked in various learning centers with students of all ages, he is now primarily involved in education at Japanese universities. James’ current research interests include the use of emoji and pictograms.