SABER ALAVI (PAYAP UNIVERSITY)

INCORPORATING TECHNOLOGY-MEDIATED WRITING INTO UNIVERSITY GENERAL ENGLISH CURRICULUM : ELT INNOVATIVE PEDAGOGY

Integrating available technology into English classroom enhances the learning opportunities and provides a better understanding of technological capabilities and gives more realistic expectations for its appropriate usage. The current study has incorporated online-writing episodes parallel to the classroom writing into the media-oriented general English course in Payap University. The purpose of the study was to explore the implementation of technology to enhance the curriculum and the teaching of writing in a General English courses. Being at pre-intermediate level of their English proficiency, the participants were expected to write about the same topics appeared in their course materials. Attending to classroom writing, they worked in small groups to both negotiate and provide mutual feedbacks for their peers’ writings. They were also asked to write and independently online at their convenience. Then their online writing samples were compared against their classroom ones. The accuracy and complexity of their writing were analyzed through descriptive statistics done by SPSS software. Discussing the results, although the achievements were fairly significant in complexity term, but participants reported a by-far less stressful writing experience with a greater focus in online writing episodes. As they felt less pressure compared to the classroom writing, they could easily comment and think about the comments they received which led to a greater accuracy. The empirical findings of a few recent studies have revealed the effectiveness of online writing in facilitating EFL learners’ active participation and engagement and out of classroom communication, collaboration and work.

I am Dr. Saber Alavi, currently working as a lecturer/researcher in the TESOL Department of Payap University.