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Correcting student texts

This workshop is intended for lecturers who teach in English and wish to provide feedback on the language used in papers and theses. It is also relevant for staff who are responsible for courses on academic communication skills in English in their group or programme, or staff who supervise colleagues in these courses.

The workshop has a group session of 2.5 hours, during which you will learn to work with English Language Support online (ELS-online), the ALP feedback package. This feedback package (available university-wide) allows you to mark errors in student texts with quickmarks. These quickmarks are directly linked to the relevant page on our feedback website and to targeted practice materials on the topic in question. You will also receive an overview of the main types of errors students make in their written work, based on an analysis of texts written by students and researchers at VU University over the past 30 years.
After this joint session, you will be given a take-home assignment, tailored to your needs. Either you study a number of videoclips on tricky phenomena in English, after which you check a student text for the occurrence of these phenomena using ELS-online. Or you may opt for a more didactic emphasis, and watch videoclips on the ways in which tricky phenomena in English can be explained to students (or fellow teachers). As in the first option, you will submit your own grading of a student text.
The take-home assignments will be discussed with you individually, in a 20-minute session.
 
Date
By request.

Practical information
Fee: €240 (2 participants); €240 (5 participants); €95 (15 participants).
Open to academic staff from all faculties
Workshop code: DOC-W-EN-1

Registration
For registration and consultation, please contact ALP

Contact information
Academic Language Programme, alp.fgw@vu.nl.