ERIC Number: EJ1094338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Improving ESL Writing Using an Online Formulaic Sequence Word-Combination Checker
Grami, G. M. A.; Alkazemi, B. Y.
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, v32 n2 p95-104 Apr 2016
Writing correct English sentences can be challenging. Furthermore, writing correct formulaic sequences can be especially difficult because accepted combinations do not follow clear rules governing which words appear together in a sequence. One solution is to provide examples of correct usage accompanied by statistical feedback from web-based applications for learners to emulate. The goal of the study was to investigate whether such a dedicated web-based program that provides instant examples of correct word combinations and detailed results of who used these examples, where and when, can improve students' writing. Data were collected from 74 ESL (English as a Second Language) undergraduate students divided into control and experimental groups, who performed formulaic sequence tests, wrote passages in English, followed by interviews with members of the experimental group. The results show that students who used the software outperformed those who did not, on the tests and the overall grades for their writing. Implementing formulaic sequence check programs in writing classes to help students decide which words can appear together, under which circumstances, and in which context is recommended.
Descriptors: Sentences, Writing Skills, Feedback (Response), English (Second Language), English Language Learners, Undergraduate Students, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Tests, Writing Assignments, Interviews, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Grades (Scholastic), Writing Instruction
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