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The impact of computer-based instruction on the development of EFL learners' writing skills

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posted on 2015-12-01, 00:00 authored by Amin Zaini, G Mazdayasna
The current study investigated the application and effectiveness of computer assisted language learning (CALL) in teaching academic writing to Iranian EFL (English as a Foreign Language) learners by means of Microsoft Word Office. To this end, 44 sophomore intermediate university students majoring in English Language and Literature at an Iranian university who had enrolled in a course called Advanced Writing were randomly divided into two groups. As a pre‐test, a pen‐and‐paper writing task was given to both groups at the beginning of the semester. The control group including 24 male and female students was taught based on traditional approach while the experimental group including 20 male and female students was taught based on CALL. At the end of one semester, a pen‐and‐paper writing task was given to both groups. The results of the post‐test revealed that the students who were exposed to computer‐based instruction outperformed their counterparts in terms of using appropriate articles, tense, plural forms and spelling. Moreover, the students in the experimental group produced paragraphs of higher quality. The findings of this study confirmed the efficacy of computer‐based instruction in the development of EFL learners' writing skills.

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Journal

Journal of computer assisted learning

Volume

31

Issue

6

Pagination

516 - 528

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons

Location

Chichester, Eng.

ISSN

0266-4909

eISSN

1365-2729

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, John Wiley & Sons Ltd

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