A framework to support group essay writing in English for Academic Purposes: A case study from an English-medium instruction context (September 2018)
Abstract In English for academic purposes courses, group oral presentations are quite common but essay writing tends to be seen as an individual endeavour, albeit with scope for peer review. This article discusses action research reflecting on student perceptions of a framework to support students through a semester-long collaborative essay assignment in an English-medium instruction university in Macau. The framework presented incorporates collaborative and individual assignment tasks, assisted by information and communications technology, to support the collaborative process and facilitate the assessment of the individual within the group. Even though writing in a group may take more time and effort, it is viewed favourably by the majority of students due to the additional learning gains to be made by writing collaboratively, including the increased quality of ideas and the social interactions (face-to-face and online) required to come to agreement.
Student Collaboration on EAP Programmes (April 2018) This is a summary of the results of a survey sent through the BALEAP and EATAW email distribution lists to determine the prevalence of collaborative assignments in EAP programmes.
A Slow (R)evolution: Developing a Sustainable EGAP Course (May 2017) This paper discusses the background and principles underpinning Develop EAP and charts its development from conceptualisation to its current form.
Student Perceptions of a Collaborative Essay Assignment (April 2017) This is the PPT from our presentation at BALEAP in Bristol in 2017, reviewing the use of a group essay assignment and student perceptions (shared on slideshare.net)