Improving ESL Students' Essay Writing in Malaysia

Maniam, Mahendran; Subramaniam, S. Vijayalachemy
June 2019
Language in India;Jun2019, Vol. 19 Issue 6, p424
Academic Journal
The purpose of this research is to study how effectively collaborative writing essay can help to improve ESL students' essay writing skills. The main aim of the study is to ascertain if collaborative writing helped to improve students' essays in aspects like organization, development and structure. This study aims to determine if students who are engaged in collaborative writing show a greater improvement in essay writing compared to students who write using the traditional (syllabus based) writing method. The effects of the collaborative writing method on the attitudes and perception of the learners were also established. The findings of the study showed that the students are able to generate ideas and develop a change in attitude towards writing after going through the collaborative writing treatment. The findings have established that Collaborative writing is a strategic tool to help students write well in ESL classes and in line with the findings of other scholars mentioned in the literature review.


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