A study on the use of a process approach to improve writing among apprehensive students

Noormalis Rahman (2009) A study on the use of a process approach to improve writing among apprehensive students. Masters thesis, Universiti Malaysia Sabah.

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The Process Approach to writing has been regarded as an improvement over the traditional methods of teaching writing in recent years. It has been widely implemented in many ESL classrooms in many countries in the world. Nonetheless, the effectiveness of using Process Approach to teach writing among ESL learners is not conclusive. With that reason, it Is the aim of this research to investigate the use of Process Approach on ESL learners in improving their writing. The study uses the quasi-experimental research design. This study was employed on 60 Form Four students who were identified as apprehensive to writing. Two classes were identified as homogenous after they were pretested and, on the whole, the students belonged to the same proficiency level in terms of writing proficiency. Then, they were randomly selected as experimental group and control group. The students in the experimental group were imposed with the Process Approach in their writing class. Meanwhile, the students in the control group underwent the Product Approach. Both groups were tested once again using posttest and the experimental group was given a questionnaire to get their feedback on the use of Process Approach in their learning to write. Two independent raters graded the essays. The scores taken from the pretest and posttest were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistic. Paired t-test and independent t-test were used to find the significant difference between both tests, and also between both groups respectively. The data taken from the questionnaire was tabulated descriptively by using frequency and percentage. Based on the findings of the study, it shows that students in the experimental group have outperformed students in the control group in, their writing performance. Thus, it could be safely stated here that Process Approach can be a solution in improving students' writing and heightening their writing abilities in terms of content, organization, vocabulary, language use and mechanics.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: process approach, teach writing, ESL learners
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: FACULTY > Faculty of Psychology and Education
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2017 11:40
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 11:40
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/10429

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