May 12, 2015
Feedback in L2 writing: Issues, challenges and future directions
Dr. Icy Lee
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Thursday, May 28, 2015
3:00 – 4:30 pm
Faculty of Education, Room 1139 (Community Room)
All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP to Tina Beynen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract: In a number of L2 contexts, writing teachers respond to single drafts of student writing, focus inordinately on errors, and dominate the entire feedback process. While such feedback approaches are considered ineffective and outdated, they are still being embraced as rules of thumb particularly in EFL contexts. With recent feedback research in L2 writing that generates useful insights about best feedback principles, and with a paradigm shift in assessment that places a greater emphasis on assessment for and as learning (i.e. using assessment to promote learning and to develop students’ self-monitoring capacity), such conventional feedback approaches are becoming more and more untenable, and change is warranted. Drawing on my own research conducted in Hong Kong secondary classrooms that address a range of issues, including teachers’ beliefs and practices regarding feedback, students’ reactions to teacher feedback, and teachers’ attempts at feedback innovation, I examine the problems and challenges teachers face as they respond to student writing, discuss implications for practice and research, and conclude with future directions for teacher education on feedback in L2 writing.
Bio: Icy Lee is Professor in the Faculty of Education at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Her main research interests include second language writing and second language teacher education. She was formerly President of Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics and Chair of the Non-native English Speakers in TESOL (NNEST) Interest Section of TESOL International Association. Her publications have appeared in international journals such as Journal of Second Language Writing, TESOL Quarterly, Language Teaching, ELT Journal, Canadian Modern Language Review and System. She was a recipient of the 2013 TESOL Award for an Outstanding Paper on NNEST Issues, the 2010 TESOL Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the 1999 TESOL Award for Excellence in the Development of Pedagogical Materials. She was also a recipient of the 2008 Journal of Second Language Writing Best Paper Award for her article “Understanding teachers’ written feedback practices in Hong Kong secondary classrooms”.
May 7, 2015
Development From Below: A Change Maker Journey of Creating Leadership Through Empowering the Indigenous Youth of Balochistan in Pakistan
Dr. Quratul Ain Bakhteari
Founding Director & President
Institute for Development Studies and Practices, Karachi, Pakistan
Monday, May 11, 2015
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Faculty of Education, Room 1010
All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Tina Beynen: email@example.com
Brief Bio: Dr. Quratul Ain Bakhtaeri is a community development practitioner and educationist in Pakistan. She began social work in a refugee camps after the ’71 war in Pakistan. In the 80s, she led a UNICEF sponsored housing project installing pit latrines for three hundred thousand refugees in Orangi, Karachi. In the mid 80s, she moved to Balochistan to launch a girls’ school movement. She established more than 1800 government girls’ primary schools in rural Balochistan, resulting in the enrollment of 200,000 girls — a record in Pakistan’s history. In 1998, she established the Institute for Development Studies and Practices (IDSP). In the words of Dr. Bakhtiari, IDSP “is a movement that opens Learning Spaces for the young majority population of Pakistan to empower them for generating and regenerating responses to the existing challenges of education, learning, livelihood, peace and pluralism”. Since the inception of IDSP she has conceptualized and completed several community development projects in Balochistan. Her work has focused on education, sanitation, relief projects, and social activism. She was elected to the Asoka fellowship in 1999. She was the recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2006 (IDSP, 2006). She was one of the 100 prominent women in the world who were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
March 23, 2015
The day after his public lecture, Professor Fazal Rizvi will lead a seminar especially for graduate students as well as for faculty on researching identity and learning in transnational settings at 10 a.m. in Room 1010 (Tuesday, April 14).
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend and please send along an abstract of your (prospective) research study (one page max).
March 13, 2015
Pedagogic Challenges and Possibilities of Everyday Cosmopolitanism
Dr. Fazal Rizvi
Professor in Global Studies in Education
University of Melbourne.
Monday, April 13th
2:00 – to 3:30 pm
Room 1139 (Community Room)
Faculty of Education
All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to doctoral student Xi Wu: email@example.com
Presented by Western Education’s Researching International and Contemporary Education (RICE) and the Research Office.
Abstract: Much of the literature on cosmopolitanism is couched in terms of highly normative values, with an invitation for educators to translate these values into effective pedagogy. This has resulted in a diverse, uneven and often conflicting set of educational practices. In this talk, I want to argue that a major problem with this approach to education is that it does not adequately take into account a sense of ‘everyday cosmopolitanism’ that already informs the multiple ways in which many young people engage the increasingly globalized world, though in a manner that is highly ‘situated’. I will discuss how an understanding of everyday cosmopolitanism creates a number of challenges for educators, but also opens up some new pedagogic possibilities.
Bio: Born in India, Professor Fazal Rizvi was educated in India, Australia and the UK, and is currently a Professor in Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States. He is also a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a board member of the Asia Education Foundation. He has published extensively on issues of identity and culture in transnational contexts, theories of globalization and education policy and more recently Indian higher education. His latest book is Globalizing Education Policy (Routledge 2010). His selected papers have recently been published under the title, Encountering Education in the Global (Routledge 2014).
March 9, 2015
Julie Byrd Clark has just been named Editor in Chief, along with Fred Dervin, University of Helsinki, and Regis Machart, Universiti of Putra Malaysia of the International Journal of Bias, Identity, and Diversities in Education. http://blogs.helsinki.fi/ije4d-journal/aims-and-scope/
IJBIDE investigates critically the positioning of diverse individuals in formal and informal contexts of education – from kindergarten to adult education, but also lifelong learning. Diversities refer here to different identity markers such as ethnicity, religion, gender, social class and language. IJBIDE is clearly positioned within a non-essentialist and non-culturalist perspective. IJBIDE also aims to promote original research methods by linking up macro- and micro-approaches. The journal is fully blind peer reviewed by the best experts in the field and publishes empirical and conceptual research and case studies from around the world.
The journal formerly known as the International Journal of Education for Diversities has been picked up in less than 2 years by IGI Global (http://www.igi-global.com/journal/international-journal-civic-engagement-social/75851) in the U.S.
January 28, 2015
The RICE (Research in International and Contemporary Education) Group is sponsoring a talk:
The Western University -University of Holguín Partnership Agreement
Vilma Páez Pérez,
Professor, University of Holguín (Cuba)
Thursday, February 5th
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Faculty of Education, Room 1010
Bring your lunch and learn all about the history, background and future plans for the long-standing partnership agreement between our two universities.
January 21, 2015
International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities
Faculty of Education
Friday, March 27th, 2015
Thousands of Canadian post-secondary students participate in study abroad and international service learning programs each year in Global South communities. We know a lot about how these international experiences shape Canadian students as culturally aware, open-minded global citizens. What about the communities that host these students? What do they gain, if anything at all, from having these students live in their communities for extended periods of time? What are the implications, both positive and negative, for these host communities? And most importantly of all, how can we engage in mutually beneficial and ethical ways with members of Global South communities who host North American ISL students?
Please see http://www.engagingcommunities.ca for details about the symposium, including a draft program and how to register.
Featuring: speakers from Lesotho, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua who will share their experiences and insights about hosting North American university students in their communities. ISL practitioners and researchers will share their case study research and ideas on how to engage ethically with host communities in the ‘Global South’.
Early bird registration (by January 31st) only $60.
After that date, $75 and students/unemployed only $30.
Refreshments and lunch included.
Sponsored with generous support from Western’s Faculty of Education and Western International.