Arab postgraduate students' attitudes toward word processing

A case study

Saadiyah Darus, Mohamed Bashir M Ismail

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Abstract

Arab postgraduate students form the second biggest group of international students after the Indonesians at University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Postgraduate international students at UKM are required to submit their assignments, projects and theses in English. They usually use the word processor more than other computer programs in order to complete their course requirement. Previous studies have revealed that students' attitude towards writing improves when they use the word processor. This study specifically investigates Arab postgraduate students' attitudes toward word processor in composing essays in EFL. It examines students' attitude based on a questionnaire survey adapted from K. Cunningham's (2002) article entitled Integrating CALL into the Writing Curriculum which was published in The Internet TESL Journal Volume VI, Issue 5. A total number of 80 Arab postgraduate students participated in the study. Feedback gathered from questionnaires show that Arab postgraduate students have positive attitude toward using word processing for writing essays in EFL cognitively, behaviorally and affectively. The results of the study also show that Arab postgraduate students have low apprehension level toward word processing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-314
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Sciences
Volume6
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

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Arab postgraduate students' attitudes toward word processing : A case study. / Darus, Saadiyah; Ismail, Mohamed Bashir M.

In: European Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 3, 06.2008, p. 306-314.

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