Arab World English Journal ( March 2020)                                      Theses ID 253                               Pp. 1- 77
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/th.253

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An Empirical Study of Schema Theory and Its Application in Improving University
Students’ Writing Ability
 


Sarah Saleh ALYousef
     Majmaah university, Saudi Arabia

Author: Sarah Saleh ALYousef
Thesis Title: An Empirical Study of Schema Theory and Its Application in Improving University Students’ Writing Ability
Institution: 
Department of English Language and Literature, College of Languages and Translation, Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University
Degree: M.A  in Linguistics  
Year of award:
  December 2019 
Supervisor: 
Dr. Mohammed AL Ahaydib
KeyWords: schema theory, schemata, semantic mapping strategy, brainstorming strategy, KWL strategy, teaching EFL writing students

 

Abstract:
The present study aimed at enhancing university students’ writing ability through using schema theory. The study adopted the quasi-experimental pre-posttest experimental-control group design. The participants consisted of 58 English foreign language (EFL) students and 51 EFL professors who had taught essay writing. The students were divided into two groups: 29 students in a control group and 29 students in an experimental group. To gather the data, the researcher used pre and post- essay writing tests, interviews, and a five-point Likert scale questionnaire. The results of the study showed that there was a statistically significant difference between the performance of the experimental group and the control group on the posttest in favor of the experimental group. This indicated that applying schema theory has a positive effect on improving university students’ writing ability. Finally, this study recommended that EFL teachers should encourage EFL students to share their prior experiences, knowledge, and information in the pre- writing phase in order to help them improve their writing skills.

Cite as: ALYousef, S. S. (2019).  An Empirical Study of Schema Theory and Its Application in Improving University Students’ Writing Ability. Department of English Language and Literature, College of Languages and Translation, Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (M.A.Thesis). Retrieved from Arab World English Journal (ID Number: 253.March 2020, 1- 77.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/th.253

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Sarah Saleh ALYousef
 Majmaah university, Saudi Arabia