Tag Archives: Writing

ON THE RELATION BETWEEN AUTOMATED ESSAY SCORING AND MODERN VIEWS OF THE WRITING CONSTRUCT- Paul Deane (2012)

Standard

Today’s class was fully dedicated to the presentation of bio of a scholar. I think this is one of the successful activities of this course. As my instructor noted once, scholars are also human 🙂 !

 
I quite agree with him, as sometimes we read article and when we see that the author of the article has a strange name we even do not read his/her name, and in this case it is even useless to talk about finding about his/her biography. The first group presented one of the well-known scholars Boroditsky. For instance, I was always sure that Boroditsky is a man, but fortunately it was found out during the class presentation that Boroditsky is a woman,-Lera Boroditsky.

 
Another presentation was dedicated to one of my favorite and well-known linguist David Crystal. Amazing linguist! However, I think that such activities are given to explore scholars about whom we as beginner scholar have no idea.

 
Talking about the articles which are being summarized on daily bases, I can say that we again touched upon the writing topic, but this time on specific software which allows many instructors to check their students’ essays. This software which is called Automated Essay Writing (AES) also aimed at checking students’ proficiency level in writing. Such software mainly are used in such education organizations as TOEFL, GRE and so on.

Advertisements

Written Corrective Feedback by Bitchener and Noch (2009) Booom!- Metalinguistic explanation

Standard

Well, again I came along to WCF (Written Corrective Feedback), which became part of my study. In fact, the class session was dedicated to WCF, and we were discussing nothing but WCF. It would make on my nerves but, something we learnt something new about WCF. We knew there are two type of WCF, which are direct and indirect. And now we know one more which is –Are you ready to hear? Booom!- Metalinguistic explanation.

Generally, we were discussing this topic ever since I entered the AUA building, how ironicJ . For me, I would use red-pen for giving direct feedback. Some say, it would discourage students, and affect their learning process. I do not think so; first we should consider that this result was made based on research, which in its turn has been done in the Western environment. Maybe, this findings and suggestions do not work for our Armenian students. So, we need to do a research to find out do our students demotivate when they receive red-pen direct written feedback?

Talking about my demotivation, I can say that the topic for the first class was chosen unsuccessfully. Let’s wait and see next topic would be.