ERIC Number: ED546470
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
Teaching and Learning English Functional Writing: Investigating Egyptian EFL Student Teachers' Currently-Needed Functional Writing Skills
Abdallah, Mahmoud M. S.
Online Submission, Paper Presented at the International Educational Conference: “Colleges of Education & Restructuring Education” (Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt, May 10-11, 2014)
At an age marked by the emergence of new literacies, vast technological developments, and social networking practices, language is currently approached from a pragmatic perspective that recognises its functional use to meet realistic communicative goals. Taking this into account, the present study sought to identify the functional writing skills needed by EFL student teachers and suggest some methods/techniques for teaching functional writing in English language courses at Egyptian public schools. To reach this two-folded objective, the researcher employed a "mixed-method" research design that included both "quantitative" and "qualitative" data collection and analysis methods/techniques. More specifically, after composing a comprehensive functional writing skills list based on thematic analysis of a number of documents (n = 50), an online survey was administered to a group of EFL teacher educators (n = 40) requesting them to rate each skill in the list in terms of its importance on a 5-point Likert scale. Then, a semi-structured interview was conducted with some EFL teacher educators (n = 15) to identify the working methods/techniques which could be valid and appropriate nowadays for teaching English functional writing at Egyptian public schools. The study reached a preliminary list of functional writing skills (54 items under 9 main categories) as well as a final list and taxonomy of those items re-ordered descendingly based on statistical means (max = 5.00) calculated through SPSS based on participants' ratings. Additionally, the study proposes a set of methods/techniques to be used for teaching functional writing at Egyptian public schools derived from interviewees' accounts (e.g. active learning strategies, collaborative learning, and online learning). The following are appended: (1) The Functional Writing Online Survey/Questionnaire; and (2) Email-Based Semi-Structured Interview.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Functional Literacy, Writing Skills, Student Teachers, Teaching Methods, Public Schools, Mixed Methods Research, Teacher Surveys, Teacher Educators, Likert Scales, Semi Structured Interviews, Taxonomy, Active Learning, Cooperative Learning, Electronic Learning, Pragmatics
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Egypt