Introduction Argumentative essay is one of the key text-types included in the English curriculum in Hong Kong. Students in Hong Kong first learn to write arguments in their first language in junior secondary and then move onto English argumentative essays in senior secondary. Many of them find it difficult to write an argumentative essay in English. Even in L1 context, writing an argument is a challenging task for a majority of students as they have difficulty in recognizing and applying argumentative
Writing is an essential, productive skill to succeed in academics. But, the ESL learners are not able to master writing skills due to lack of reading habits, grammar and vocabulary. According to Sheils (1975), despite the importance of writing, there has been a long-standing concern that many people do not develop the competence needed to use writing to meet fully and successfully according to the demands for writing at school and work. Writing helps to • To draw a conclusion • To present theory
“da she tou”, which means big tongue, which is a nickname for people who had trouble pronouncing words or phrases. I ran to the bathroom and cried out of embarrassment and the cruelty of my classmates. Later when my parents came to talk with the teacher in
helped me whenever I needed her. She was very kind and always had a smile on her face. After a year and a half in that school, and after I took the OGT many times, I still could not pass it. Therefore, I told my mom to find me another school with a good ESL program. My mom is always with me and wants the best for me. After two months, my mom found the school, and we moved to a new place. I was extremely happy and could not wait to go there. I was pleased that my mother was going to move there just to help
In teaching a foreign language in general and English in particular, one of challenge that teachers have to face is teaching writing skill because it requires the students’ knowledge about a relationship between meaning and form…Therefore, to teach writing effectively, “giving feedback is an effective way to train students to become better writers because it helps students to correct their own mistakes and be independent ones” (Ken, 2004, p. 98). There are many types of feedback and they can be distributed
doing a French essay. The other 10 Spanish-English bilinguals in the same study also reported thinking at least “some of the time” in English when composing in French. Academic writing needs conscious effort and practice in composing, developing, and analyzing ideas. Students writing in a second language have to acquire proficiency as well as appropriate writing strategies, techniques and skills when compared to students writing in their native language. Research has illustrated that ESL learners write
These components are: the learner, the teacher and the curriculum. When we say the learner, we mean his characteristics such as aptitude, intelligence and motivation. Foreign language educators and researchers started to investigate the role of the learner in the last two or three decades.
Feedback, in a broad sense, is conceptualized as information provided by an agent (e.g., teacher, peer, book, parent, self, experience) regarding aspects of one’s performance or understanding (Hattie & Timperley, 2007). Feedback, in general, can take various forms, one of which is known as corrective feedback. Put in general terms, written corrective