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ERIC Number: ED423703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Pages: 36
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Experimental Study of the Effect of Controlled vs. Free Writing and Different Feedback Types on Writing Quality and Writing Apprehension of EFL College Students.
Song, Minjong
An experimental study compared the effects of controlled and free writing exercises and of evaluative vs. communicative feedback on the writing quality and apprehension of Korean college students of English as a foreign language (EFL). Students in two sections of a freshman reading course wrote dialogue journals as practice in free writing, and received communicative feedback focusing on meaning and using no grading or error correction. Students in two other sections answered adapted comprehension questions as practice in controlled writing, and received evaluative feedback focusing on formal linguistic features, with grading and error correction. Two teachers taught the sections, each teaching one free-writing and one controlled-writing section. Changes in writing quality, as measured by holistic essay evaluation, and writing apprehension, assessed using an objective measure, were investigated. Results indicate that students writing dialogue journals and getting communicative feedback improved in writing quality and possibly experienced reduced writing apprehension, and that this change was greater than that for students practicing controlled writing and receiving evaluative feedback. Contains 28 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea