Welcome to the
Hong Kong Continuing Professional Development Hub (HKCPD Hub) for University English Teachers
As agreed at the meeting of the Technology and Language Teaching and Learning Community at the HKCPD Symposium in May, 2018, the Community Coordinating Committee has organised the first community event, a colloquium for everyone with an interest in technology and language teaching and learning – regardless of their level of knowledge of this field or prior involvement in it.
Our afternoon will be split into three parts. We will start with an informal talk by Delian Gaskell and Sean McMinn who have been teaching on a first year, online course at HKUST as part of our University’s involvement in the Minerva project. Some insight into the Minerva project can be found here
After a tea break, we will move on to a sharing session where colleagues from different universities involved in the HKCPD Hub project, HKUST, HKU, PolyU, CityU and HKEdU, will share their experience of making technology invisible. A panel discussion will follow in which we will examine technology in language teaching, starting from the perspective of the colloquium title and moving out to give colleagues time to share their experience of and questions about using technology in language teaching and learning.
We will round off the afternoon by beginning the process of planning activities and work for the Community for the rest of this academic year and 2019-2020.
The Technology and Language Teaching and Learning Community is based at HKUST so we are very grateful to Adam Forrester from the ELC at PolyU for making a room available in a location which should be convenient for everyone.
We hope to see you at the Colloquium. Teachers from the Language Centres of the 8 UGC-funded universities are all welcome.
Register here: http://tiny.cc/InvisibleTech
The concept of culture is contentious in literature on second language (L2) writing, but is an important explanatory element in language learning phenomena. Various L2 writing scholars (Atkinson & Sohn, 2013; Canagarajah, 2013; Connor, Ene & Traversa, 2016) have proposed that culture be studied as it is experienced by learners in the specific contexts of L2 learning and use. This presentation reports on a qualitative study of L2 writing students at a Canadian university, examining lived cultural experiences by learners with respect to writing in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English for Specific Purposes contexts. Data is drawn from semi-structured interviews, responses to a reflective writing prompt, and a questionnaire. Findings helped create a taxonomy of concepts that culture evoked, and provide insights into what culture is, as perceived by L2 learners in the context of writing. The study’s findings suggest a number of implications for teaching and learning in both EAP and ESP postsecondary contexts.
About the speaker:
M. Gregory Tweedie is Associate Professor in Language & Literacy in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada. His teaching and research draw heavily upon his experiences as a language teacher and language teacher trainer in East/Southeast/Central Asia, the Middle East, his native Australia, and now Canada. Dr. Gregory Tweedie’s research interests, in the field of applied linguistics, focuses on the phenomena of the English language as communicative vehicle in international professional contexts, for people from differing first language (L1) backgrounds.
Tweedie, M. G. & Johnson, R. (2018). Listening instruction: Exploring nursing education where English is a lingua franca. In J. Siegel, & A. Burns (Eds.), International perspectives on teaching the four skills in ELT (pp. 65-77). London: Palgrave. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-63444-9_5
Tweedie, M. G. & Johnson, R. (2018) Listening instruction and patient safety: Exploring medical English as a lingua franca (MELF) for nursing education. Journal of Belonging, Identity, Language, and Diversity, 2(1),1-27. http://bild-lida.ca/journal/volume_2_1_2018/tweedie_johnson/
Tweedie, M.G. & Chu, M-W. (2017). Challenging equivalency in measures of English language proficiency for university admission: Data from an undergraduate engineering program. Studies in Higher Education. doi: 10.1080/03075079.2017.1395008
Register here: http://tiny.cc/Tweedie