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ERIC Number: ED390303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Essay Prompts and the ESOL Student.
Osburne, Andrea G.; Mulling, Sylvia
This study investigated the preferences of students of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for the form in which a writing prompt is given. Subjects were 142 college students with intermediate to advanced English language skills. Each student was offered 10 potential essay topics, each containing a prompt in the form of either a statement ("Discuss...") or a question with similar content. Subjects indicated, on a five-point scale, their likelihood of choosing the topics to write about and other factors in their choice of topic. Prompt form was randomized, and no student had to respond to the same prompt in statement and question form. Analysis of results show no statistical difference in preference for prompt form. However, perceived ease, degree of interest, and potential prolificacy of prompt individually and as a group correlated strongly with student preferences. It is concluded that ESOL students, while perhaps not alert to potentially helpful syntactic clues in prompts, are nonetheless probably using appropriate strategies when given a choice of topic to write on. A list of prompts is appended. Contains 10 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A