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The people who influence second language learners’ writing tasks Current research has recognized the social nature of second language (L2) writing processes. Sociocultural theories contend that writers are not only influenced by their own ment (More)
Culture Shift in Assessment “It’s really exhilarating. There’s an incredible focus that can’t happen during the regular semester.” –Dr. Cornelia Burian Background The University of Calgary offers a unique learning opportunity for stude (More)
Writing is the bread and butter of academia. Yet, for many there’s hesitation and a feeling of vulnerability in doing it, not to mention the challenges in finding the time to do it. The other matter is a lot of people, myself included, struggle wit (More)
Using peer collaborative writing to improve second language skills Collaborative learning has been shown to have numerous benefits for students. When scaffolded and implemented effectively, it can help develop knowledge acquisition, as well as pro (More)
Using agency, identity, and beliefs to understand language-learning behaviours In the past, second-language (L2) learners were viewed in ‘either/or’ terms –as motivated or unmotivated, introverted or extroverted, and so on. As Dr. Subrata Bhow (More)
Addressing common misconceptions about learning to write Early literacy is a complex but important achievement for students beginning grade school. In the latter half of Grade 1 through Grade 2, students begin to make the jump to using their languag (More)
Investigating how digital recordings can help students provide helpful feedback during writer's workshops Having students give each other feedback is a feature of many classrooms activities, though one that can be a challenge for young writers, (More)
5-year research in early years literacy helps students struggling with writing Literacy learning is a complex undertaking for all students. Building fundamental skills in the early years is shown to be essential for later development, as issues (More)