THINH VU (INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, VIETNAM NATIONAL UNIVERSITY-HCMC)
HUYEN BUI (International University - Vietnam National University HCMC)

BLENDED LEARNING IN UNIVERSITY WRITING CLASSES €“ EFFICIENCY AND ATTITUDE : BLENDED LEARNING AND SOCIETY

In the era of developing technology, especially the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the field of education is witnessing heavy implementation of emerging technologies for teaching and learning, including applications, software, online courses. However, any piece of technology would bring both advantages and drawbacks. Therefore, blended learning has caught the attention and consideration of all the people involved. This study investigated the impacts of blended learning on writing skills for university students, aiming to figure out the efficiency and students’ attitude towards this study mode. Fifty-six intermediate students with little or no formal instructions on how to utilise technology in learning essay writing were selected. A combination of experimental design and questionnaire was used, giving the treatment participants alternative learning experiences through a variety of technology applications beside the traditional method. Data from pretests and posttests after eight weeks revealed that students in the experimental groups outperformed those in the control group on the aspects of topic development, essay organization and lexical usage. Results of the questionnaires delivered at the end of the course showed very positive feedback towards this blended mode in terms of efficiency, involvement and collaboration. Yet, some drawbacks reported by the participants were worth our mindfulness and consideration when applying this model in a larger scale.

Tien Thinh Vu is head of the Testing board and vice chair of the Department of English, International University, VNU-HCMC. He received his Master of Arts in TESOL from the University of Canberra, Australia. His current research interests include applied methodologies, autonomy development and ELT professional development.

Diem Bich Huyen Bui is a full-time lecturer and student affairs associate of the Department of English, International University. She did her undergraduate studies in TESOL and completed her graduate studies in Applied Linguistics from Latrobe University, Australia. Her research interests include ELT professional development and peer assessment.