A Qualitative Study of ESL College Students’Attitudes about Computer-Assisted Writing Classes

Waleed A. Ghandoura

Abstract


The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine a sample of 13 English as a second language (ESL) students’ attitudes about a computer-aided composition (WebCT) class. Participants were enrolled in an introductory writing course. Data from student diaries revealed that students enjoyed and valued the WebCT course and that the course facilitated their acquisition of writing skills. Classroom observations yielded information about the structure of the class in addition to instructor activities, including the success of repeating key ideas and brainstorming about topics in class. Interviews with the students revealed that they thought computers made the acquisition of writing skills easier and faster. Also, students valued the feedback from instructors and fellow classmates alike.


Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/elt.v5n4p57

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English Language Teaching       ISSN 1916-4742 (Print)   ISSN  1916-4750 (Online)

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