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Improving EFL learners' writing through enhanced extensive reading

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Title:Improving EFL learners' writing through enhanced extensive reading
Authors:Mermelstein, Aaron David
Keywords:extensive reading
English as a foreign language
Date Issued:Oct 2015
Publisher:University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
Center for Language & Technology
Abstract:This study’s purpose is to seek out methods of improving reading and writing for EFL learners. This one-year study focuses on an enhanced design of extensive reading (ER) towards improving learners’ writing abilities. Pre- and posttests used the Jacobs, Zingraf, Wormoth, Hartfield, and Hughey (1981) measurement of writing, including content, organization, vocabulary, language use, and mechanics. A sixth subscale, fluency, was also added. The results indicate significant differences in gains on all of the subscales favoring the treatment group. A measurement of effect size also demonstrated small to large effects across the six subscales. This study demonstrates that an enhancement of previously established ER protocols can achieve significant gains and sizable effects among learners.
Appears in Collections: Volume 27, No. 2 Special Issue: Connections between Second Language Reading and Writing

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