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May
25
Tue
2021
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): Empowering teachers for student learning enhancement @ Online
May 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): Empowering teachers for student learning enhancement @ Online

Sharing and discussion session

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) promotes enquiry on practice that advances student learning outcomes. It involves the reflective and scholarly evidence-based study of students’ learning that leads to innovations, changes or enhancements of practice. It also promotes commitments to public dissemination and sharing within communities of practice for continued improvements.

This sharing and discussion session aims to provide colleagues from the ELCs of the eight universities in Hong Kong with an opportunity to share their recent teaching and learning projects, pedagogy and initiatives. Let’s share our journeys to become specialists in evidence-based pedagogy and explore collaboration opportunities.

The sessions will be held online via Zoom. (A link with password will be emailed to successful registrants the day before the event.)

 

May
28
Fri
2021
Developing and delivering writing courses for the disciplines: Pedagogy and practical advice for face-to-face, remote, and on-demand teaching @ Online
May 28 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Developing and delivering writing courses for the disciplines: Pedagogy and practical advice for face-to-face, remote, and on-demand teaching @ Online

International Experts Series “Teaching English-in-the-Disciplines”

Webinar-Workshop 1:

Developing and delivering writing courses for the disciplines: Pedagogy and practical advice for face-to-face, remote, and on-demand teaching 

Speaker: Professor Laurence Anthony (Professor, Director of the Center for English Language Education, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan)

Online session via Zoom.

Registration

A link with password will be emailed to successful registrants the day before the event.

Abstract:

Writing courses for the disciplines can be challenging for instructors because the learners are often heterogeneous in nature, coming from various disciplines and arriving with different needs, language and learning objectives, and preferred ways of study. The instructors are also likely to come from different backgrounds to those of the learners, and thus, they may not always be knowledgeable about the writing conventions the learners need to master. A more recent challenge is devising ways to deliver writing courses and offer appropriate feedback to learners at a distance, in remote or on-demand teaching contexts.

In the first half of this webinar-workshop, I will start with a brief review of the four pillars of effective course design and show how these concepts can be applied to writing course design and delivery. Next, I will introduce various materials, software tools, and techniques that instructors can use to gain an understanding of the language objectives of a heterogeneous group of learners from possibly unfamiliar fields. Then, I will discuss various materials and methods that can be used in face-to-face, remote, and on-demand teaching contexts to develop and evaluate learners’ writing skills.

In the second half of this webinar-workshop, participants will have an opportunity to create their own reference materials based on the principles described, try out some of the tools and methods introduced, and discuss issues and challenges that they have faced in the classroom.

By the end of the webinar-workshop, I hope that all participants will have gained new insights about writing course creation, instruction, and evaluation in the challenging contexts that we face today.

About the Speaker:

Laurence Anthony is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan. He has a BSc degree (Mathematical Physics) from the University of Manchester, UK, and MA (TESL/TEFL) and PhD (Applied Linguistics) degrees from the University of Birmingham, UK. He is the current Director of the Center for English Language Education in Science and Engineering (CELESE), which runs discipline-specific language courses for the 10,000 students of the faculty. His main research interests are in corpus linguistics, educational technology, and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) program design and teaching methodologies. He received the National Prize of the Japan Association for English Corpus Studies (JAECS) in 2012 for his work in corpus software tools design.

 

Jun
1
Tue
2021
Preparing for the post-COVID classroom: Turning challenges into opportunities for learning and teaching @ Online
Jun 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Preparing for the post-COVID classroom: Turning challenges into opportunities for learning and teaching @ Online

Sharing and discussion session

This sharing and discussion session looks at the enduring legacy of the global pandemic on English language teaching and learning in higher education.  It provides colleagues from the ELCs of the eight universities in Hong Kong with an opportunity to share their experiences and reflections on teaching in the post-COVID classroom. 

  • What have we learned?
  • What do we want to keep?
  • What do we want to leave behind?
  • What do we anticipate?
  • How can we prepare?
  • How do we move from emergency to sustainability?
  • Is there any center-level/team-level support that ought to be/can be provided to help teachers in the post-COVID classroom?

The sessions will be held online via Zoom. (A link with password will be emailed to successful registrants the day before the event.)

Jun
4
Fri
2021
Developing and delivering presentation courses for the disciplines: Pedagogy and practical advice for face-to-face, remote, and on-demand teaching @ Online
Jun 4 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Developing and delivering presentation courses for the disciplines: Pedagogy and practical advice for face-to-face, remote, and on-demand teaching @ Online

International Experts Series “Teaching English-in-the-Disciplines”

Webinar-Workshop 2:

Developing and delivering presentation courses for the disciplines: Pedagogy and practical advice for face-to-face, remote, and on-demand teaching

Speaker: Professor Laurence Anthony (Professor, Director of the Center for English Language Education, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan)

Online session via Zoom.

Registration 

A link with password will be emailed to successful registrants the day before the event.

Abstract:

Presentation courses for the disciplines can be challenging for instructors because the learners are often heterogeneous in nature, coming from various disciplines and arriving with different needs, language and learning objectives, and preferred ways of study. The instructors are also likely to come from different backgrounds to those of the learners, and thus, they may not always be knowledgeable about the presentation conventions the learners need to master. A more recent challenge is devising ways to deliver presentation courses and offer appropriate feedback to learners at a distance, in remote or on-demand teaching contexts.

In the first half of this webinar-workshop, I will start with a brief review of the four pillars of effective course design and show how these concepts can be applied to presentation course design and delivery, making notes on where and how they may differ from those for presentation courses. Next, I will introduce various resources and techniques that instructors can use to gain an understanding of the skills and language objectives of a heterogeneous group of learners from possibly unfamiliar fields. Then, I will discuss various materials and methods that can be used in face-to-face, remote, and on-demand teaching contexts to develop and evaluate learners’ presentation skills. In particular, I will focus on the use of short one-minute presentation tasks that can be used to target specific learner weaknesses and adapt well to remote and on-demand learning. I will also discuss the importance of providing guidance on designing and delivering poster presentations, which can be more common than oral presentations in many fields.

In the second half of this webinar-workshop, participants will have an opportunity to create lesson materials based on the principles described, try out some of the methods introduced, and discuss issues and challenges that they have faced in the classroom.

By the end of the webinar-workshop, I hope that all participants will have gained new insights about presentation course creation, instruction, and evaluation in the challenging contexts that we face today.

About the Speaker:

Laurence Anthony is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan. He has a BSc degree (Mathematical Physics) from the University of Manchester, UK, and MA (TESL/TEFL) and PhD (Applied Linguistics) degrees from the University of Birmingham, UK. He is the current Director of the Center for English Language Education in Science and Engineering (CELESE), which runs discipline-specific language courses for the 10,000 students of the faculty. His main research interests are in corpus linguistics, educational technology, and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) program design and teaching methodologies. He received the National Prize of the Japan Association for English Corpus Studies (JAECS) in 2012 for his work in corpus software tools design.

 

About the HKCPD Hub

What colleagues say about the HKCPD Hub

  • The sharing session of online teaching practices is really useful as it combines intelligent and creative teachers' advice in one go. It is a good opportunity for us to pick someone else's brains about how to deliver more interesting and engaging lectures.

    Pieta Chan
    Pieta Chan Chan Feng Men-Ling and Chan Shuk-Lin Language Centre, City University of Hong Kong
  • From this session, I have gained much understanding on how teachers from different universities face the challenges brought by the present situation. If possible, I will try to adopt those good practices in my classes, so students will find the lessons meaningful and engaging. I have learnt a lot from this session, and I am looking forward to the future sharing sessions.

    Jenny Cheng
    Jenny Cheng Centre for Language in Education, The Education University of Hong Kong
  • Congratulations to the organizing team for making the online inter-institutional event a success! The fact that the presentations were given only 5 minutes each has made them even more concise and action-packed. It was a maverick idea to have a fellow teacher perform his music during the break! I thoroughly enjoyed the event and thank you so much!

    Anthea Cheung
    Anthea Cheung Centre for Applied English Studies, The University of Hong Kong
  • The seminar has allowed me to know more about good online teaching practices in different universities. It is very helpful and encouraging to know that we are facing similar challenges and yet most of us are being positive in such circumstances during the virus outbreak.

    Cherry Chow
    Cherry Chow Centre for Language in Education, The Education University of Hong Kong
  • This was a great opportunity to listen and learn from colleagues from all over Hong Kong! Thanks to the HKCPD Hub for organising this session.

    Dr. Eric Ho
    Dr. Eric Ho English Language Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Finding out how other teachers and centres adapted their courses for online learning was the big takeaway from this session. As well as exchanging ideas, the session was a chance to build the EAP community in Hong Kong as we navigate through challenging times.

    Andy Jarvis
    Andy Jarvis English Language Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • The ‘Teaching in an online environment: Good practices in the face of uncertainty’ session is an excellent example of what a community of practice is all about. The session was well organized, creating a much-needed opportunity for colleagues from Hong Kong universities to share experiences during this extraordinary time. It was wonderful to have an occasion when we could interact and share best practices for online teaching. We need more events like this.

    Sean McMinn
    Sean McMinn Center for Language Education, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • It was a good time to "sit" around with colleagues from different uni and share the practices that were used throughout this freshly-ended extraordinary semester. The sharing was very practical, and it allowed me to also reflect on my own practices during the semester. I also rest assured that I was not alone facing hiccups back then during my teaching semester. To add in another plus point, I really like the live streaming music session during the refreshment break.

    Martha Ng
    Martha Ng Center for Language Education, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • I feel during these uncertain times of teaching and learning, the HKCPD Hub is certainly rising to the challenge by providing many avenues and opportunities for colleagues to stay resilient and determined in exploring sound ELT pedagogy. There is an event for everyone: blogs to share experience, podcasts to find out what teachers value, research ideas to build on pedagogy, and seminars to build skills. Kudos in your efforts to connect and empower teachers, Hub colleagues.

    Dr. Karen Ngeow
    Dr. Karen Ngeow Centre for Applied English Studies, The University of Hong Kong
  • This was the perfect opportunity to catch up with colleagues from different English centres and learn how we had survived and thrived as language teachers despite the challenges of the last few months.

    Dr. Jane Robbins
    Dr. Jane Robbins English Language Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • The HKCPD Hub is an ideal place for EAP/ESP teachers in higher education in Hong Kong to meet, share, discuss and develop in a community of practice with a common goal to enhance our students' learning and use of English in academic and professional contexts.

    Dr. Clarence Wang
    Dr. Clarence Wang Centre for Applied English Studies, The University of Hong Kong
  • The session has provided an invaluable opportunity for participants to learn from and be inspired by one another's experience and gain more insights into Zoom teaching and learning. It also provides much support and encouragement, and room for reflection and exploration. l personally feel more empowered and confident in engaging students with online learning, discussions and consultations to achieve specific teaching and learning goals.

    Conny Yau
    Conny Yau Chan Feng Men-Ling and Chan Shuk-Lin Language Centre, City University of Hong Kong

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