Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 8. July 2022                       Pp.231-245
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call8.16

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Effects of Auto-Correction on Students’ Writing Skill at Three Different Universities in
Sulaimaneyah City
 

Kozhin Omer Ismael
English Department, College of Basic Education, University of Sulaimani, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
&
English Department, Komar University of Science and Technology, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Kochar Ali Saeed
English Department, Komar University of Science and Technology, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
Corresponding Author: kochar.saeed@komar.edu.iq

Airin Shwan Ibrahim
Pharmacy Department, Kurdistan Technical Institute, 46001, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Diya Shawkat Fatah
English Department, Komar University of Science and Technology, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

 

Received: 05/21/2022             Accepted: 07/20/2022             Published: 07/25/2022

 

Abstract:
While technology has undoubtedly improved and has become an essential component of modern life, technological advances’ consequences have both beneficial and detrimental impacts on students’ writing skills in the classroom. Technology has accelerated and simplified work for students, but it has also instilled the belief that there is no need to put significant effort into the texts they write. This study examines the effects of technology and auto-correction on students’ writing skills at three different universities in Sulaimaneyah city, Iraq. Case studies and research into the impact of electronic and communication devices on English writing skills among university students has been analyzed to determine the effect of auto-correction on grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation. Furthermore, the study also aims to show that auto-correction affects students’ writing and to compare auto-correction and handwriting to prove that students make mistakes while writing due to technology. In addition, the study examines writing tasks undertaken by students in the English language to assess students’ lack of writing skills, particularly in spelling. Finally, the study identifies why students have poor writing skills and corroborate previous research into an auto-corrections negative impact on students’ writing abilities.
Keywords: Auto-correction, handwriting, technology, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, University of
Human Development, University of Sulaimani, Komar University of Science and Technology

Cite as:   Ismael, K.O., Saeed, K.A., Ibrahim, A. S., & Fatah, D. S. (2022). Effects of Auto-Correction on Students’ Writing Skill at Three Different Universities in Sulaimaneyah City.  Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL (8). 231-245.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call8.16

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Received: 05/21/2022   
Accepted: 07/20/2022 
Published: 07/25/2022
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call8.16

Kozhin Omer Ismael is a coordinator and full-time assistant lecturer at the University of Sulaimani/College of Basic Education/Department of English and a part time lecturer at Komar University of Science and Technology. She received her MA in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Birmingham/UK in 2015. Her teaching and research areas of interest are Discourse Analysis, Cognitive Studies of Language and Applied Linguistics. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8137-4033

Kochar Ali Saeed is a coordinator and full-time assistant lecturer at Komar University of Science and Technology. He holds a master’s degree in English language teaching. He has about 3 years of teaching experience. He has taught different English subjects, such as Academic Writing, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Semantics, and pragmatics. https://orcid.org/0000-0001- 6313-2041

Airin Shwan Ibrahim has master’s degree in English language teaching. She has about 3 years of teaching experience. She has taught different English subjects, such as English for specific purposes in various departments, Comprehension, Grammar, Reading, and conversation. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4093-0056

Diya Shawkat Fatah is a graduate of English department of Komar University of Science and Technology in Sulaimani city, Iraq. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1125-7667