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Page: 5678 (abstract only)
Publication year: 2010
ISBN: 978-84-613-9386-2
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 2nd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 5-7 July, 2010
Location: Barcelona, Spain

USING WIKIS TO ENHANCE AND DEVELOP WRITING SKILLS AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS: THE HONG KONG CASE

B. Mak

Department of Curriculum and Instruction, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (HONG KONG)
This paper investigates authentic writing through the use of wikis by Year 7 ESL learners in a secondary school in Hong Kong. The wikis were used as a collaborative writing platform to produce – with minimal input and support from their teachers – wiki content that describes the different facilities and features of their school. Over a period of two months, as an integral part of their ESL homework, groups of students designed and put together, through a series of successive drafts, a description of their secondary school which they had joined from primary school a few months previously. After an initial overview of how wikis function in terms of editing and revision, the paper describes the process one group of learners went through. Samples are provided of the students’ intermediate and final drafts, as well as snapshots of the amount and the types of writing produced at each stage. The students’ final draft became a printed brochure of their ‘new’ school to be distributed to parents. In the light of this real ‘outcome’, the paper discusses the place of authentic writing, situated within the domains of creativity and task-based learning, in a school’s ESL programme.
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author = {Mak, B.},
title = {USING WIKIS TO ENHANCE AND DEVELOP WRITING SKILLS AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS: THE HONG KONG CASE},
series = {2nd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN10 Proceedings},
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B. Mak (2010) USING WIKIS TO ENHANCE AND DEVELOP WRITING SKILLS AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS: THE HONG KONG CASE, EDULEARN10 Proceedings, p. 5678.
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