The College Writing Toolkit - Tried and Tested Ideas for Teaching College Writing - Martha C. Pennington

The College Writing Toolkit - Tried and Tested Ideas for Teaching College Writing - Martha C. Pennington

10. Teaching Critique Writing: A Scaffolded Approach

The College Writing Toolkit - Tried and Tested Ideas for Teaching College Writing - Martha C. Pennington

Nahla Nola Bacha [+-]
Lebanese American University
Nahla Nola Bacha (PhD, University of Leicester) is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics/TESOL at the Lebanese American University (Lebanon), where she has administered and taught in the Academic English Program for over twenty years. She has published internationally in English for Academic and Professional Purposes, second language writing, and discourse analysis, and coauthored textbooks for the national Secondary English Curriculum. Currently, she is researching the role of ESL/EFL Programs in second/foreign language academic contexts.

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Working in an English composition classroom with Arabic speaking students in a Lebanese university, Nahla Nola Bacha, in her contribution, “Teaching Critique Writing: A Scaffolded Approach,” recounts how she teaches critique writing to develop first-year students’ critical thinking and awareness of text types.Bacha describes a staged teaching and learning process designed to provide scaffolding to help her students become independent learners. Their goal is to produce five-part essays based on contemporary critiques, working in small groups. In doing this, the students practice skills such as introducing a source, summarizing its main ideas, agreeing or disagreeing with those ideas, and using paraphrase and direct quotation to support their opinions. In an adaptive “bricoleur” use of technology, Bacha applies plagiarism detecting software not to check up on her students, but for the students themselves to evaluate the originality of their work and revise accordingly.

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Bacha, Nahla. 10. Teaching Critique Writing: A Scaffolded Approach. The College Writing Toolkit - Tried and Tested Ideas for Teaching College Writing. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 173-197 Jun 2011. ISBN 9781845534530. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25915. Date accessed: 05 Dec 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25915. Jun 2011

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