Effects of word processing on Arab postgraduate students' essays in EFL

Saadiyah Darus, Kemboja Ismail, Mohamed Bashir M Ismail

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Abstract

This study investigates the effects of word processor in composing essays in English as a foreign language (EFL) among Arab postgraduate students at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in terms of quality and quantity. The first part of the study was published in Darus and Ismail (2008). In the present study, 20 respondents composed essays on two topics: the first topic by using the conventional way (pen and paper) and the second using a word processor. The quality of writing such as spelling, Flesch Reading Ease, and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level while the quantity of writing such as the length of the essay including other aspects like number of words, paragraphs, sentences, sentences per paragraph and words per sentence are also considered. The results of the study show that there was obvious difference between the quality and quantity of writing in the two modes. In most cases, the essays that were composed using word processor were longer and exhibited improvement in quality and quantity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-91
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Sciences
Volume7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008

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  • Arab students
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  • Word processor
  • Writing quality

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Effects of word processing on Arab postgraduate students' essays in EFL. / Darus, Saadiyah; Ismail, Kemboja; Ismail, Mohamed Bashir M.

In: European Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 7, No. 2, 11.2008, p. 77-91.

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