Writing in the second language

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Writing in the second language

  1. 1. Sharifah Nor Puteh, Rashidah Rahamat & Aidah Abdul Karim
  2. 2. <ul><li>The problems: </li></ul><ul><li>* the struggle to write, lack of ideas, cannot think of anything interesting or significant to write are some of the situations faced by low proficiency students </li></ul><ul><li>The Methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Small survey </li></ul><ul><li>The respondents:29 four students of a daily secondary school in Malaysia </li></ul><ul><li>The low proficiency students </li></ul><ul><li>Majority got D and E for their English paper in the PMR exam </li></ul><ul><li>Adapted questionnaire </li></ul>
  3. 3. DIFFICULTIES ENCOUNTERED
  4. 4. SUPPORT PREFERED SUPPORT PREFERED 1 2 3 4 face-to-face individually with teachers 6.9 44.8 27.6 20.7 An online teacher 41.4 27.6 20.7 10.3 A resource center 3.4 27.6 41.8 27.6 A self-access lab 48.3 13.8 17.2 7.2 A telephone hotline. 27.6 44.8 13.8 13.8 A website 10.3 37.9 31 20.7 A print journal 24.1 27.6 24.1 24.1 An electronic journal 17.2 44.8 24.1 13.8 A web forum on writing 20.7 34.5 31 13.8
  5. 5. WAYS TO IMPROVE WRITING
  6. 6. Conclusion <ul><li>Low achievers have positive views towards writing in English </li></ul><ul><li>Low achievers need face-to-face support, warm, accepting and trusting climate from their English teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers need to change their instructions and approaches to help built these low achievers’ confidence in writing </li></ul>

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