Vol. 6. No. 4 A-1 March 2003
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Variation in EFL-ESL Peer Response

John W. Bagnole

John W. Miller
Ohio Program of Intensive English
Ohio University


Like all teachers in a technologically demanding world, instructors in English as a Second Language in English-speaking countries wonder how they can effectively impart the necessary information literacy skills to international students, who must deal with many challenges to their academic preparation. The authors present a blueprint for the creation of a university-based English for Academic Purposes (EAP) content-based course in information literacy for undergraduate and graduate students in various disciplines. The article proposes steps for replicating courses similar to this one by examining the underlying rationale for the course, curriculum considerations, integration into a regular ESL program, a syllabus design for the course, activities, course requirements, professional development opportunities for faculty, and some successes and pitfalls encountered in implementing the course. The course focuses on the practical and cognitive skills necessary to locate appropriate research information--electronic, print, multimedia--and, equally important, ways to evaluate the various resources identified.

Keywords: ESL, EFL, information literacy, educational technology, course development, research skills, critical thinking skills, electives, English for Academic Purposes, CBI


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