Proposal Title

Teaching ESL Students to Write Concisely

Presentation Type

Long (40 minute) synchronous

Start Date

16-2-2021 10:50 AM

End Date

16-2-2021 11:35 AM

Proposal Abstract

Concision is a key feature of academic writing. However, many English-as-a-second-language (ESL) students have difficulty writing concise language. On the other hand, in responding to student writing, teachers generally pay attention to grammatical accuracy and meaning clarity rather than language conciseness. This workshop demonstrates how to help ESL students to recognize wordy language and edit to achieve concision. First, I present a rationale for the workshop, explain key concepts and terms, outline a four-step pedagogical approach, and summarise common problems and solutions affecting concision. The problems include literal and semantic repetition; omnibus words; circumlocution; redundant information; choppy sentences; and overuse of phrases, finite clauses, nominalization, expletive “there be,” and the passive voice. Then I share with the audience example sentences illustrating the problems. The audience work in pairs to identify the problems and edit the texts. Finally, I interact with the audience in discussing the problems in the examples and suggesting solutions. Through this workshop, the audience should be able to understand common types of unconcise writing and how to help students write concisely. The workshop is a revised version of a session presented earlier at a conference for Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics.

Statement

This workshop lays the foundation for an article on writing concisely that will be shared online as an open education resource (OER) to be used in both virtual and physical classrooms.

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS
 
Feb 16th, 10:50 AM Feb 16th, 11:35 AM

Teaching ESL Students to Write Concisely

Concision is a key feature of academic writing. However, many English-as-a-second-language (ESL) students have difficulty writing concise language. On the other hand, in responding to student writing, teachers generally pay attention to grammatical accuracy and meaning clarity rather than language conciseness. This workshop demonstrates how to help ESL students to recognize wordy language and edit to achieve concision. First, I present a rationale for the workshop, explain key concepts and terms, outline a four-step pedagogical approach, and summarise common problems and solutions affecting concision. The problems include literal and semantic repetition; omnibus words; circumlocution; redundant information; choppy sentences; and overuse of phrases, finite clauses, nominalization, expletive “there be,” and the passive voice. Then I share with the audience example sentences illustrating the problems. The audience work in pairs to identify the problems and edit the texts. Finally, I interact with the audience in discussing the problems in the examples and suggesting solutions. Through this workshop, the audience should be able to understand common types of unconcise writing and how to help students write concisely. The workshop is a revised version of a session presented earlier at a conference for Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics.