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Title: The effect of online discussion board communications on Korean university EFL learners' writing development
Author: Qureshi, Bilal Ahmad
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2017
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This study specifically examines Korean EFL writing learners’ attitude towards the use of online discussion boards for their writing development. The secondary purpose of this study is to validate the existing studies conducted on the usefulness of information technologies for EFL classrooms in general and EFL writing classes in particular. The effectiveness of online discussion board communication for Korean EFL learners' writing development is also examined. Data collected from students' pre- and post module questionnaire (n-203), their essay writing samples for analyzing their writing development, and interview. The data analysis result indicated that there is a positive relationship between students' writing skills improvement and online discussion boards. A mixed method approach was applied with survey, text analysis, and interview used for triangulation. The study was conducted over a period of one academic semester (15 weeks). A positive perception towards the use of online discussion boards for their writing courses was noted. Following the findings given above, a few recommendations are made; (a) An online interface (e.g. online discussion board) might be introduced as an essential component of all EFL classes which could benefit learners not only to provide pedagogical support through feedback to their peers but also they can form a social community for interacting with each other in or outside of the classroom, (b) As most EFL learner have access to some sort of digital device (e.g. smartphone, tablet PC, computers, etc); they might not be considered as a distractor for their learning rather they can be used as a potential resource to enhance their learning by utilizing these devices for exploiting, connecting, and interacting with the members of EFL community, (c) Teachers might encourage learners to participate more in online discussion board communication in order to promote communicative language teaching (CLT)
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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