Post-Symposium events

Post-Symposium events

Seminar: Diagnostic feedback in language assessments

Speaker: Professor Antony John Kunnan
Time: 10:30 – 12:30
Venue: City University of Hong Kong, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building (AC1) G5314

Workshop: Developing discipline-specific academic writing resources

Speaker: Dr. Ursula Wingate
Time: 14:30 – 16:30
Venue: City University of Hong Kong, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building (AC1) G5314

31 May 2018 (Thu)

Seminar: Diagnostic feedback in language assessments

Speaker: Professor Antony John Kunnan
Time: 10:30 – 12:30
Venue: City University of Hong Kong, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building (AC1) G5314

Abstract:
In this talk, I will discuss the role of diagnostic feedback in language assessments. In the traditional approach to diagnostic feedback, a narrow-scope test specifically designed for diagnosis was considered necessary to provide such feedback. Such tests are rare because the attention of most language test development and research has moved to proficiency and achievement testing. As a result, the concept of diagnostic feedback has not been developed sufficiently.

In a forward-looking approach, it is argued that diagnostic feedback can be incorporated into achievement and proficiency testing. Although this has happened somewhat unsystematically in the last two decades, language testing researchers have recently shown that it is a feasible approach. I will offer examples of this approach and then conclude with the challenges that face researchers interested in diagnostic feedback.

Workshop: Developing discipline-specific academic writing resources

Speaker: Dr. Ursula Wingate
Time: 14:30 – 16:30
Venue: City University of Hong Kong, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building (AC1) G5314

Abstract:
This workshop provides the theoretical underpinnings for, as well as some hands-on experience of, a genre-based approach to developing academic writing resources. It draws on an intervention study at King’s College London, in which we collaborated with academics in four academic disciplines (Applied Linguistics, Business Management, Pharmacy, and History) to identify relevant text genres, and to collect examples of high and low scoring assignments written by students enrolled on these programmes. In this collaboration the subject lecturers provided comments on strong and weak features in the student texts, which enabled the EAP specialists to prepare genre-specific materials. The materials were then used in academic writing workshops jointly run by the subject lecturer and the EAP specialist. Genre analysis is central to both the preparation of the materials and the students’ workshop activities. I will provide examples of the materials developed for the four disciplines, and, focusing on the materials for Business Management, show different methods of creating teaching/learning materials from student texts.

Workshop: Developing report cards as part of diagnostic feedback in language assessments

Speaker: Professor Antony John Kunnan
Time: 10:30 – 12:30
Venue: The University of Hong Kong, Centennial Campus, LG/F Central Podium, CPD-LG.61 and CPD-LG.62

Workshop: Integrating academic literacy instruction into subject curricula: The role of EAP specialists

Speaker: Dr. Ursula Wingate
Time: 14:30 – 16:30
Venue: The University of Hong Kong, Centennial Campus, LG/F Central Podium, CPD-LG.61 and CPD-LG.62

1 June 2018 (Fri)

Workshop: Developing report cards as part of diagnostic feedback in language assessments

Speaker: Professor Antony John Kunnan
Time: 10:30 – 12:30
Venue: The University of Hong Kong, Centennial Campus, LG/F Central Podium, CPD-LG.61 and CPD-LG.62

Abstract:
The workshop that follows the seminar will use illustrations from school-level diagnostic feedback in the U.S. EAP examples will be discussed. Participants in the workshop will create “report cards” for individual students based on course objectives or CEFR levels and descriptors for different skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, writing, etc.). Such “report cards” can provide useful diagnostic feedback to students and teachers.

Workshop: Integrating academic literacy instruction into subject curricula:
The role of EAP specialists

Speaker: Dr. Ursula Wingate
Time: 14:30 – 16:30
Venue: The University of Hong Kong, Centennial Campus, LG/F Central Podium, CPD-LG.61 and CPD-LG.62

Abstract:

In this workshop, I consider five methods of curriculum-integrated academic literacy instruction, an approach which places the main responsibility for students’ literacy development on the subject lecturer. However, collaboration with EAP specialists is essential for enabling lecturers to integrate academic literacy instruction into their regular teaching and assessment practices. The input of EAP specialists entails (1) preparing reading texts for online discussion and reading-to-write tasks; (2) identifying opportunities for literacy development in lectures and seminars; (3) preparing teaching/learning materials specific to the relevant assignment genres; (4) advising lecturers on feedback practices and the use of feedback comments; and (5) advising on the use of personal tutorials for academic literacy development.  Examples of the contribution of EAP specialists to the implementation of the five methods will be provided.

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