Teaching ESOL writing in a Firstclass collaborative classroom : hypertext and a research paper

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dc.contributor.author Misner, Michael A. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:26:57Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:26:57Z
dc.date.created 1999 en_US
dc.date.issued 1999
dc.identifier LD2489.Z8 1999 .M57 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/176884
dc.description.abstract Successful ESL/EFL teaching can take many forms. The question is how great is the success, and how long and hard do the students and teachers have to work to experience this success. I propose that overall Vygotsky's sociocultural theory helps drive most modern classrooms. Therefore, a brief literature review which highlights ESOL, composition, and sociocultural theory will be necessary. Based on this language learning theory, I feel that by using a combination of traditional methods and FirstClass®, an interactive online writing environment, the students will learn faster and better than with strictly traditional methods. My project will investigate using first class in ESOL classrooms.FirstClass® was chosen over other programs for several reasons. First, it follows the premises of ESL/EFL, composition, and sociocultural theory. Second, it is fully compatible with MS Office, Corel Suite 8, and Macintosh software. Also, because it is simple to operate, the students can progressively familiarize themselves with the environment as the class moves through several assignments. Also, it is one of the most inexpensive online writing environments on the market. This is important because cost often causes institutions to avoid the use of worthwhile programs.I intend to show how FirstClass® can be used to create two interesting forms of student writing: a hypertext and a research paper. Although, at the present time, the hypertext is not as common as other forms of academic writing, it is one which is quicklygaining recognition. I will also evaluate FirstClass® and propose changes which would have both theoretical and practical importance.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent 133 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.title Teaching ESOL writing in a Firstclass collaborative classroom : hypertext and a research paper en_US
dc.type Creative project, 3 hrs. en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1124476 en_US

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