Digitising the story writing process for EFL primary learners
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“Join Anisa Cheung and Literature SIG and Young Learners & Teenagers SIG for this joint webinar.
The advantages of using digital storytelling in primary classrooms are well documented. Whether and how the advantages of digital storytelling can be extended to digital story writing, however, remains underexplored. Recent advancement in technology has the potential of streamlining the stages of planning and revising in a process approach to second language writing.
In my research, I explored how English teachers in two Hong Kong primary schools adopted a process approach to teaching digital story writing. They planned eight writing lessons for ten Primary third and fourth classes. Students were taught to use Google Slides to write their stories on iPads and complete a recording in small groups, which were then published on an online platform. Findings from focus group interviews, lesson observations and student-written products revealed that students were highly engaged in the lessons, and their writings also had fewer grammatical mistakes. However, they engaged in meaningful dialogues during group work only rarely, whilst some teachers also expressed concerns about time constraints and their own readiness of using digital story writing.
In our session, we will talk about how digital story writing and storytelling can be effectively implemented.
Anisa Cheung is currently a lecturer in the Center for Language Education at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She has been teaching English and courses related to linguistics and language pedagogy in a range of secondary and university contexts in Hong Kong.”