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ERIC Number: EJ1070199
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2231-3338
Efficacy of Self Regulated Strategy Instruction in Planning and Organization of Opinion Essays of ESL/EFL Writers at Tertiary Level
Vaddapalli, Maruthi Kumari; Woerner, Helen
Journal on English Language Teaching, v2 n2 p25-31 Apr-Jun 2012
Writing is an essential academic skill. Effective writing is a complex process requiring the skillful use of techniques and strategies (Zimmerman and Reisemberg,1997). Unlike skilled writers, struggling writers lack certain strategies and techniques that could help them become effective writers. The present study investigates the effectiveness of SRSD with struggling EFL/ESL writers at the tertiary level. A classroom-based intervention study aimed to determine whether simplifying the writing task by automatizing certain mechanical elements through strategy training using SRSD reduces students' cognitive load, allowing them to engage in higher order thinking processes. The study was conducted at a university in Oman. Baseline, terminal and maintainance probes were administered to determine participants' relative gains in task achievement, organization, lexis and grammar. The essays were evaluated using a conventional 9 point scale and the results were analyzed. The results revealed considerable gains in organization and lexis indicating that automatization of the more mechanical elements of the writing process enabled students to write better quality essays. These results indicate that SRSD can be an effective method of instruction for stuggling/underprepared EFL/ESL writers at the university level.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oman
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