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An interactive citation tool for ESL/EFL tertiary students (UG and PG)

Authors Christopher, Elsie R.
Issue Date 2004-05
Source Proceedings of the second teaching and learning symposium, Hong Kong, Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning Quality, and Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching, HKUST , 17 May 2004
Summary One of the major tasks that students are required to master while at university is the writing up of research. Indeed, many content-related courses require some form of research-based written assignment to be produced, whether as a major final-year report, or as a brief essay in which theoretical principles introduced during lectures are applied and described. In all cases, however, the L2 student is often unclear about how to actually accomplish the task of integrating expert opinion and textbook theory into his or her own piece of written text. Launched in the fall of 2003 at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, an interactive 'Referencing Guide' was specially developed for Hong Kong Chinese L2 students. Its main objective is to provide students with an independent and systematic way of learning more about how to integrate research into their writing. The online 'Referencing Guide' provides students with the tools to do the following: read through brief explanations about the various aspects of referencing, use authentic examples of erroneous student writing to identify errors, practice what they are learning by trying out the online interactive exercises, and finally review all of the basic referencing skills necessary for academic writing. Students are also provided with various 'help' functions which make the process interesting and informative. In addition to in-text referencing, the 'Guide' also provides students with the necessary information required to produce a Reference List of source materials. Designed as an independent reference tool, students can have access to the 'Guide' at any time and from anywhere on campus. According to the initial data gathered from user questionnaires, students find the tool both informative and useful in helping them to better understand how they can independently integrate research into their writing.
Language English
Format Conference paper
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