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Moodle Glossary Tasks for Teaching Legal English

  • Ruth BreezeEmail author
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Part of the Educational Linguistics book series (EDUL, volume 19)

Abstract

The educational potential of online collaborative tasks has recently been explored in various areas of higher education. This paper reports two cycles of practitioner research focusing on the use of the Moodle glossary tool as part of a university English for Specific Purposes course. The first cycle, completed in 2010, consisted of creating a class glossary of key legal terminology in English which could then be used for study purposes. The second cycle, finished in 2011, built on our experience with the first project. The aim of this second cycle was to construct a class encyclopaedia of common law countries, and to use the finished product to carry out a controlled information search activity in which the students had to read each others’ entries and complete a worksheet. The glossary creation process is analysed, taking into account both teacher and student perspectives, and using a taxonomy to study the editing process. Student feedback concerning both tasks was positive.

Keywords

Legal System Final Exam Individual Feedback Collaborative Task Knowledge Configuration 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Modern LanguagesUniversity of NavarraPamplonaSpain

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