Tag: online writing

Flights of Fancy (Blogging Course 2021)

Flights of Fancy (Blogging Course 2021)

The clocks have moved forward, curfew in France has been pushed back to seven o’clock in the evening and spring stirs. In spite of everything students continue to study and teachers to teach. This year’s 16 collaborative blogs written by second-year students are proof that enthusiam and perserverance and creativity continue to flourish. I would…

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Creative writing and lockdown. Therapy to boot?

Creative writing and lockdown. Therapy to boot?

Writing as freedom, as an outlet, as a release, as a means of setting our imagination loose… These were just some of the ways students conceptualised the writing that they did during last semester’s creative writing course. The course ran for three weeks on campus and then nine weeks online due to lockdown and every…

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Masked, bimodal and distance teaching

Masked, bimodal and distance teaching

Radio silence since September! Did I lose my voice? What happened? Well here’s what happened. I fumbled my way, masked and panting through September. Quite often breathless and sometimes even dizzy as I rushed from classroom to classroom.  I became expert at mad gesticulating to make up for mumbling in a foreign language. Only muffled…

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Chattering Classes 2

Chattering Classes 2

Online real-time written conversations in English. A facet of digital literacy. As explained in the previous post on this subject, we have been using online chats with our third-year undergraduates as a means of replacing classroom conversation workshops during lockdown. In the last week of online chatting, I took the opportunity of informally asking students…

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Creative Confinement (Blogging Course 2020)

Creative Confinement (Blogging Course 2020)

All through lockdown, second-year, distance-learning EFL students at Paul Valéry University have been persevering with their blogging course and finally (10 weeks into the 12-week course) have set up their blogs and begun posting. This is only the second year that this course has existed and it still feels fresh, exciting and worthwhile. In addition,…

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