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Conference Paper: The importance of focusing on prewriting tasks for first year undergraduate students within an EAP course

TitleThe importance of focusing on prewriting tasks for first year undergraduate students within an EAP course
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Issue Date2011
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The 2011 ELC Symposium, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 1 June 2011. How to Cite?
AbstractEnglish for Academic Purpose (EAP) course materials tend to focus on a range of genre-based and linguistic-related tasks, which focus on helping students produce a final product - a written or spoken text. Often, prewriting stages are neglected. However, students often struggle with a range of prewriting tasks, such as searching for suitable academic texts to read, extracting information related to their assignments, comparing and contrasting views from different texts and integrating those views into their own view of the topic. Success in these prewriting tasks is crucial to the production of a good final product. This presentation will report on research that has been done into this prewriting stage with first-year undergraduate students, who were completing Common Core courses at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Students were asked to complete a journal while they were writing an assessed essay or report. They were also interviewed three times. Results show that they do indeed struggle with many of these prewriting activities. This presentation will explain the problems that students are facing and explain how these needs will be addressed in a new EAP course from 2012 onwards at HKU.
DescriptionTheme: Developing Students as Readers and Writers in the four-year Curriculum: the role of the English Language Centres
The Conference program's website is located at http://symposium2011.elc.polyu.edu.hk/index.php/SELC/SELC2011/schedConf/program
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/187386

 

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dc.contributor.authorLegg, MGen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-08-20T12:39:54Z-
dc.date.available2013-08-20T12:39:54Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 2011 ELC Symposium, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 1 June 2011.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/187386-
dc.descriptionTheme: Developing Students as Readers and Writers in the four-year Curriculum: the role of the English Language Centres-
dc.descriptionThe Conference program's website is located at http://symposium2011.elc.polyu.edu.hk/index.php/SELC/SELC2011/schedConf/program-
dc.description.abstractEnglish for Academic Purpose (EAP) course materials tend to focus on a range of genre-based and linguistic-related tasks, which focus on helping students produce a final product - a written or spoken text. Often, prewriting stages are neglected. However, students often struggle with a range of prewriting tasks, such as searching for suitable academic texts to read, extracting information related to their assignments, comparing and contrasting views from different texts and integrating those views into their own view of the topic. Success in these prewriting tasks is crucial to the production of a good final product. This presentation will report on research that has been done into this prewriting stage with first-year undergraduate students, who were completing Common Core courses at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Students were asked to complete a journal while they were writing an assessed essay or report. They were also interviewed three times. Results show that they do indeed struggle with many of these prewriting activities. This presentation will explain the problems that students are facing and explain how these needs will be addressed in a new EAP course from 2012 onwards at HKU.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofELC Symposium 2011en_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleThe importance of focusing on prewriting tasks for first year undergraduate students within an EAP courseen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailLegg, MG: mglegg@hku.hken_US
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.hkuros219072en_US

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