ACTFL 2013

Dr. Elola and I will be presenting in ACTFL 2013:

Blogs, Wikis and Facebook in the FL Class: How Do We Assess Students’ Work?

  • Scheduled Time: Saturday, November 23 — 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM; 
  • Building/Room:  W311C (Orange County Convention Center)

Social tools such as blogs, wikis, and Facebook are increasingly integrated in our FL curricula. However, assessing students’ written work when these tools are used remains challenging for language instructors. This presentation covers formative and summative assessment and provides specific rubrics for FL writing assessment.

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EuroCALL 2013 is taking place in Evora, Portugal, from September 11 to September 14. Olimpia Pérez-Broncano and I will be presenting:

Learners’ discourse in FL online forums: What does it tell us about learners’ intercultural competence development?

  • Scheduled Time: Wednesday 11 — 4:00 pm-4:45
  • Building/Room:  Main Lecture Hall.
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CALICO 2013 will take place in Hawaii, May 21-25. Olimpia Pérez-Broncano and I will be presenting:

Intercultural Competence Development in FL Online Forums: What Does the Learners’ Discourse Really Tell Us?

  • Scheduled time: 5/23/13 at 1:15
  • Building/Room: Pacific Room

This study examines the extent to which learners’ discursive practices hinder or facilitate intercultural competence while participating in an online discussion interaction. This study explores the following questions:

  1. What discourse practices are utilized to pass judgment and associate emotional/effectual responses towards both the L1 and L2?
  2. How do learners position themselves towards different intercultural perspectives?

Twenty students from one intact class over three-week periods. Data from the learners’ forum discourses were content-analyzed using a modified version of Appraisal Theory (Martin & White, 2005) to examine discourse markers that facilitated or hindered intercultural communication.


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AAAL 2013

AAAL 2013 is taking place in Dallas, TX, from March 16 to March 29. Dr. Elola and I will be presenting:

The role of chats and wikis in promoting task- and process-based collaborative L2 writing in two genres

This study examines how collaboration, supported by the integration chats and wikis in the context of a sequenced writing task, can promote productive patterns during planning, during drafting/revising, and in the final product. It also examines the collaborative writers’ processes and outcomes when targeting the two chosen writing genres.

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