Writing strategies used by ESL upper secondary school students

Nooreiny Maarof, Mazlin Murat

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Abstract

Writing is a great challenge whether performed in the mother tongue or in a second or foreign language (L2/FL). Studies in L2 writingshow that writing is a complex cognitive activity comprising a numberof processes which includes the use of various strategies. This studyaimed to examine strategies used in essay writing among 50 high-intermediate and low proficiency ESL upper secondary school students and to determine any significant differences in strategy use between the two groups. Data from the Writing Strategy Questionnaire indicate thatthe ESL students were moderate writing strategies users. The while-writing strategies were most frequently used whereas the revising strategies were least used. All students displayed approximately similar frequency use of strategies. They differed only in the type of strategies used. An implication of the study is that students need to be encouraged to use various strategies in improving their writing. Strategy training for ESL students is important to help them write successfully in the target language.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-55
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Education Studies
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

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Writing strategies used by ESL upper secondary school students. / Maarof, Nooreiny; Murat, Mazlin.

In: International Education Studies, Vol. 6, No. 4, 04.2013, p. 47-55.

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