Self-expressions, Socialization and Learning in Dialogue Journals: Features of Beginner Writers in Second Language Writing

Mahani Mansor, Latisha Asmaak Shafie, Anis Maesin, Surina Nayan, Nazira Osman

Abstract


Collaborative learning involves learners working together as a group in maximizing their learning experience and in developing the learners’ sense of belonging to the group. This paper discusses the features of a collaborative writing activity, the dialogue journal, that exist during a writing activity. The features were discussed based on literature and a case study on a group of second-year ESL learners of Universiti Teknologi MARA Perlis, Malaysia. The selections of the students’ dialogue journal writing were found to display features of the learners’ self-expressions, learning and interactions among their classmates and teacher.


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International Journal of English Linguistics   ISSN 1923-869X (Print)   ISSN 1923-8703 (Online)

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