Rubrics for EFL writing instruction in secondary school

(Research paper)

A growing concern among EFL teachers is that no matter how much written work from their students they correct, many students do not improve their writing. In view of this concern, this presentation will describe an on-going investigation into the training of rubric use to improve the writing skill of EFL students in secondary school. The purpose of this study in progress is to determine whether the systematic use of a rubric can help students not only improve their writing by becoming aware of their errors but also become more autonomous writers beyond the guided classroom context.

  • SÁNCHEZ, Jorge

The distribution of the rhetorical sections in RA abstracts

(Research paper)

The textual architecture of research article (RA) abstracts may vary according to disciplinary field. Knowledge of how abstracts are structurally organized may also provide insights into how authors arrange their information in abstracts. Therefore, the presenter will describe the order of the moves and steps established by the CARS model as well as the rhetorical sections not captured by this framework based on a corpus of 92 informative research article abstracts from the field of applied linguistics. He will also report on the most/least common rhetorical sequences, the recurrence of the moves and steps, among other issues.

  • NELSON, Andrew

Effective methods for teaching idioms in the L2 classroom


Using idioms appropriately can be complicated. Given the complexity and frequency of various idioms, instructors should dedicate some of their class time to teaching them; however, instructors may not have a logical method for doing so. During this 45-minute demonstration, the presenter will describe an effective technique for teaching idioms that includes schema building, elicitation, scaffolding, and awareness-raising. Additionally, participants will realize that idioms are easier to learn when presented thematically and that creating independent practice activities related to the same theme is more memorable for students.

  • ALDORINO, Rita; GUTIERREZ BARCENA, Melina; MAMANI, Ana del Rosario; MOLINA, Emanuel

Exploring literature in the EFL class: discovering new worlds


Bringing literature into the EFL class can be a timeless opening to include a wide range of content and tasks to help develop diverse skills. The opportunities that arise from including Literature in the English class may open doors for students and teachers to explore the language, the culture, and the different perceptions that are needed to make this an enriching experience. In this poster session, attendees will have access to an alternative pedagogic strategy to incorporate Literature the EFL class, and will be able to observe how these activities can promote diverse skills and expand learners’ views about language.

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