Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2019

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

Major

TESL/Applied Linguistics

First Advisor

Volker Hegelheimer

Abstract

Language teachers often encourage the use of prewriting strategies such as outlining, brain storming, and mind-mapping as a means of helping students improve their writing. However, it is difficult to determine which strategies were used based only on the finished assignment. Google Docs has a version history feature which could allow teachers to see their students’ writing processes in addition to the final product. This researcher examined the written assignments of a class of university ESL students completed using Google Docs to see what strategies ESL students used, how strategy use related to their writing performance, and what version history could reveal about ESL students’ writing processes. The study found that ESL students used a variety of strategies with some of them specific to the given assignment. The use of prewriting strategies increased after explicit instruction, and some students had a recursive writing process while others appeared to write in stages.

Copyright Owner

Erik Dean Goodale

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

47 pages

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Linguistics Commons

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