Creating Online Extension for an ESP in EFL: Why and How?
Presentation at the 39th Annual
TESOL Convention, San Antonio, Texas, US Wednesday, March 30,
Buthaina Al Othman
e-mail: buthaina_3 at yahoo.com
Target Audience: ESL/EFL teachers
interested in implementing IT and in using project-based approach
in their classrooms.
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This presentation demonstrates one way of designing
and creating an online extension for EFL students enrolled in
a required, credited ESP, Science English course taught in the
English Language Unit of the College of Science at Kuwait University.
The main objective is to help students improve their academic
writing through the practice of online writing and reading with
critical thinking in order to be able to write and present a required
final term paper by the end of the semester. For this purpose
a six-week online extension, including weekly reading and writing
activities with topics, based on the course required textbook
and other material, was designed, and published on the class instructor's
website. Several web-projects were also designed and assigned,
to measure students' learning of required writing and reading
skills and techniques, through the use of various free asynchronous
Internet and Non-Internet Communication Technologies, (ICTs),
including Yahoo!Groups, Blogger.com, Buzznet.com, WebPages, PowerPoint
files, MS sound recorder, and SMS, (Short Messages Service) via