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ERIC Number: ED397654
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov-17
Pages: 21
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The Efficacy of Using Writing Groups To Help Students Generate Ideas for Writing and Revise Drafts in an EFL University Writing Class.
Huang, Su-yueh
This paper reports on a pilot study of prewriting group discussions, and language of the discussion group, with 22 university students in a freshman English class in Taipei. Students were assigned to groups of Chinese discussion or English discussion on writing assignments. The quality of each group's first and second drafts was compared, and questionnaires were used to obtain information on the students' sources of ideas for writing first drafts and their attitudes towards peer responses. Findings suggest that students relied more on teacher-provided sample articles and their own knowledge than on the prewriting group discussion for ideas when writing first drafts. There was no statistical difference between the groups in quality of second drafts. Students in the Chinese discussion group believed in the benefit of peers' comments more that the English discussion group, yet few students in the Chinese group liked to provide feedback. It is concluded that prewriting group training of less than 3 weeks may not be enough time to expect the students to benefit from group activities learned; extensive teacher modeling and monitoring of student progress on a regular basis may be required. In addition, writing should not be taught separately from reading. (Contains 28 references.) (Author/NAV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan