ASEAN English Writing Workshop Jakarta

General Overview 

English Today provided ASEAN with a custom designed, tailored to suit for specific needs and proficiency Communicative Writing Workshop. The workshop took place in mid December 2015.
The objectives of this workshop were to develop a clear understanding of the mechanical and stylistic elements involved in professional writing and to improve writing skills within specific genre.
The workshop was divided into two distinct parts. The first part of the workshop explored important aspects of writing mechanics and constructed a clear foundation of principles which could be applied to all types of correspondence. The second part of the workshop explored professional writing within specific genre and involved the participants in collaborative construction and analysis tasks.

Teaching and Learning Approach

A process genre based approach was implemented which was task orientated and collaborative. The collaborative task based nature of the activities ensured maximal engagement, peer scaffolding, and skill integration. Participants formed activity groups at the commencement of the workshop and continued in the same collaborative settings throughout.

The task cycle involved three stages:

Exploration, examination and discussion of authentic model texts. Meaningful activities to activate the participants’ schemata. Joint construction activities corresponding to the text type involving genre patterns, key features, tone, register, content building, structure, grammar and lexical resources.
Collaborative writing tasks supported by facilitator scaffolding
Peer-led evaluation of the writing task. Teacher-led task feedback and consolidation focusing on genre patterns, key features, tone, register, content building, structure, grammar and lexical resources. Group follow-up writing activities were then assigned.

Assessment
Two forms of assessment were utilized in the workshop. These were:

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Collaborative Evaluation involved peer review and post-task scaffolding on each day of the workshop. The purpose of collaborative (peer) evaluation was not only to provide essential feedback, but also to promote learner autonomy and develop essential critical thinking, editing and proofreading skills of the participants. [/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Progressive Portfolio

Through the collaborative tasks and group assignments set, participants developed and applied learning targets to their own writing texts. These texts formed the basis for group workshop portfolios.[/li_item][/checklist]

Content Covered

Part 1 – The Fundamentals of Professional Writing

[checklist icon=”fa-check” iconcolor=”” circle=”” circlecolor=”” size=”13px” class=”” id=””][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Introduction to the Fundamentals of Professional Writing[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Exploring and Identifying Genre Patterns[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Basic Mechanics – Sentence Types and Construction[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Basic Mechanics – Punctuation[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Paragraph Construction – Topic Sentences, Supporting Points and Connective devices[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Grammatical and Structural Accuracy[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Identifying and Maintaining Register and Tone[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Passive and Active Constructions[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]The Process Of Writing – Planning, Drafting and Editing[/li_item][/checklist]

Part 2 – Report Writing: Routine Structured and Note to File

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Introduction to Report Writing – Identifying Audience, Purpose, Structure and Elements.

[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Group Topic, Audience and Purpose Allocation[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Format of a Title Page[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Format of a Content Page[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Creating an Effective Executive Summary[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Constructing the Main Body[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Creating and Maintaining a Factual and Impartial Tone[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Key Language[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]

Making Recommendations[/li_item][/checklist]

Part 3 – Creating Talking Points

[checklist icon=”fa-check” iconcolor=”” circle=”” circlecolor=”” size=”13px” class=”” id=””][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Introduction to Talking Points[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Understanding and Integrating the Needs of the Speaker[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Understanding and Integrating the Needs of the Audience[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Identifying and Structuring Key Talking Points [/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Mapping The Path of an Anticipated Discussion[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Arranging the Format of Talking Points – The Accessibility Key[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Creating and Maintaining the Appropriate Tone[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Welcoming and Addressing Discussion Participants and their Delegates[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Defining the Main Objectives and Creating Lead In Statements[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Identifying Main Points and Constructing Topic Statements[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Providing Accessible Supporting Points[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Anticipating Questions and Follow Up Responses[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Transitioning from One Topic to the Next[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Creating Questions for Elicitation[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Winding Down the Discussion and Leading to a Close[/li_item][/checklist]

Part 4 – Speech Writing

[checklist icon=”fa-check” iconcolor=”” circle=”” circlecolor=”” size=”13px” class=”” id=””][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Structure and Features of Powerful Speeches[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Speech Mapping – Critically Identifying and Planning Speech Elements[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Writing to Stance and Achieving the Appropriate Tone[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Exploration of Rhetoric Devices[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Creating Introductions[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Constructing the Body of a Speech[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Writing the Closing Remarks [/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Providing Sound Scripting Support for Non-Native Speakers[/li_item][/checklist]

Part 5 – Project Presentations, Note to File Task, PIP Plan

[checklist icon=”fa-check” iconcolor=”” circle=”” circlecolor=”” size=”13px” class=”” id=””][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Final Project Construction [/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Final Project Presentation – Speech Writing Group Assignment[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Group Evaluation[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Core Task Consolidation[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Introduction to Note to File – Identifying Format and Fixed Language Items[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]Note to File Assignment[/li_item][li_item icon=”fa-check”]PIP Development [/li_item][/checklist]

Materials and Resources
Workshop sessions were conducted with visual slides, video segments and handouts. Participants were supplied with workshop folders, activity handouts and unit materials. PDF copies of the module materials have been supplied to the workshop administrators. Additionally, an online group was established in order to ensure communication throughout the workshop and as a platform for continued development and communication, if desired, on completion of the workshop.

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