Developing writing and speaking skills through interactive workshops

Lipsedge, Karen, May, Steve, Ayoub, Mata and Rogers, David (2015) Developing writing and speaking skills through interactive workshops. In: 37th Annual EAIR Forum Krems 2015: From Here to There: Positioning Higher Education Institutions; 30 Aug - 02 Sep 2015, Krems, Austria. (Unpublished)


The Writing and Oral Skills (WOS) Project involves a weekly series of extra-curricular interactive workshops primarily for first year undergraduates at an English university. The project is designed to enhance the generic writing and speaking skills of the students. This paper reports on the development and evaluation of the project, including a comparison of its impact on students from “traditional” backgrounds against older students and those from lower socio-economic and Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) groups. The evaluation indicates that regular attendance at WOS workshops can help to improve attainment and engagement of students across backgrounds and disciplines.

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