Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume.7 Number.4  December, 2016           Pp. 365- 378

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 EFL_ Indonesian Students’ Attitude toward Writing in English 

Lestari Setyowati
English Education Study Program,
STKIP PGRI Pasuruan, East Java, Indonesia

Sony Sukmawan
Indonesian and Culture Education, Faculty of Cultural Studies
Brawijaya University, Malang, Indonesia

Writing is a sophisticated language skill since it requires the ability not only  to tailor ideas,  but also  to construct acceptable sentences to create a meaningful, logical,  and comprehensible work. As a result, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners have  to maximize their efforts to put their thoughts on the paper. This paper is intended to describe the EFL students attitude toward  writing.  There were 57 students participating in the study. The data was collected by using questionnaire, interview, and documentation of self reflection essay. The result shows that none of the students has low attitude in writing, while fifty eight percent of them  has  moderate attitude to writing, and the rest of them have positive attitude to writing. The result from the interview also reveals that although the students have moderate attitude to writing, they view writing as difficult, and stressfull. While those who have high attitude, mostly view writing as interesting and challenging. The finding also reveals several efforts the students do to improve their writing skill, among others are practice writing,  reading a lot for knowledge and ideas, and   using diary writing.   The implication of the finding is discussed.
Key words: EFL writing, Writing attitude, Writing efforts

Cite as: Setyowati ,L. , Sukmawan, S. (2016). EFL_ Indonesian Students’ Attitude toward Writing in English. Arab World English Journal,7 (4).


Lestari Setyowati is a fulltime lecturer of College of Teacher Training and Education (STKIP)
PGRI Pasuruan, East Java, Indonesia. She has been teaching English for 17 years in the
institution until present. She earned her Undergraduate degree, Master degree, and Doctoral
degree in English Language Teaching (ELT) from State University of Malang. Her subjects
interest are Teaching EFL Writing, Instructional media in EFL context, literature and ELT.