The use of information and communication technology (ICT) in teaching ESL writing skills

Melor Md Yunus, Norizah @ Norazah Mohd Nordin, Hadi Salehi, Mohamed Amin Embi, Zeinab Salehi

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Abstract

Despite the existence of many studies showing positive effects of using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the teaching and learning process in general, the use of ICT in teaching writing skills in English as a Second Language (ESL) classrooms is still not very encouraging. This study attempts to seek findings on the use of ICT in the teaching of ESL writing skills in Malaysian secondary schools. This paper just reports one part of the findings obtained from a big project which was conducted in Malaysian secondary schools in five areas of Malaysia. This study focuses solely on the data collected from four English teachers in a secondary school in Kuala Lumpur who were interviewed by the researcher. This study revealed that the use of ICT in the teaching of ESL writing was very low. Advantages of using ICT were reported to be attracting students' attention, facilitating students' learning process, helping to improve students' vocabulary and promoting meaningful learning. Disadvantages found included the difficult class control, distraction and the students' tendency to use short forms in their writing. It was also revealed that teachers are generally weak in managing problems and planning activities involving the use of ICT in the teaching of ESL writing. The results of this study are hoped to provide insights to the Ministry of Education in Malaysia to improve the low use of ICT in teaching ESL writing skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalEnglish Language Teaching
Volume6
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2013

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Keywords

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Learning
  • Teaching
  • Writing

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  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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The use of information and communication technology (ICT) in teaching ESL writing skills. / Md Yunus, Melor; Mohd Nordin, Norizah @ Norazah; Salehi, Hadi; Embi, Mohamed Amin; Salehi, Zeinab.

In: English Language Teaching, Vol. 6, No. 7, 03.06.2013, p. 1-8.

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