NEW YORK COLLEGE THESSALONIKI TESOL MTH ‘ACADEMIC WRITING EVENT’
On 18th of November, New York College (NYC) Thessaloniki hosted the TESOL MTH Academic Writing Event. It was a successful event where the audience enjoyed three very interesting talks from experts in the fields of language education, pedagogy, and linguistics in a contemporary, relaxing and welcoming venue at NYC premises. Cliff Parry, the Academic Director of the British Council Greece, entertained the audience with useful tips and ideas for engaging students in the writing process and succeeding in the Long Turn of the IELTS speaking exam. Foteini Malkogeorgou, Academic Director of the ELT Department of NYC Thessaloniki, in her interactive talk, presented how themed-based discussions and collaborative tasks on on-line forums can be blended in a face-to-face traditional class to help learners understand, practice and develop the interactive and constructive dimensions of argumentation. She offered practical guidance for designing and e-moderating such tasks. Dr. Christopher Lees, Teaching and Research Fellow at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki focused on a genre-based approach to academic writing to help pupils develop a critical awareness of the different conventions, language and style depending on the purpose and the audience. He also challenged the concept of ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ English and suggested a more ‘inclusive’ approach to teaching writing.