Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 9. Number 4. December 2018                                   Pp. 420-432
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol9no4.31

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Exploring Academic Writing Needs of Indonesian EFL Undergraduate Students 

Ratnawati
English Education Program, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education
Galuh University, Ciamis, Indonesia

 Didih Faridah
English Education Program, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education
Galuh University, Ciamis, Indonesia

Syafiul Anam
English Department, Faculty of Languages and Arts
Universitas Negeri Surabaya
Surabaya, Indonesia

Pratiwi Retnaningdyah
English Department, Faculty of Languages and Arts
Universitas Negeri Surabaya
Surabaya, Indonesia

 

 

Abstract:
Academic writing is noteworthy competence to be accomplished for English as a foreign language (EFL) students to fulfill their academic needs at the university. To do so, Indonesian tertiary universities accommodate and foster this competence using academic writing course. The study, therefore, sought to look into: 1. what undergraduate EFL students’ perceptions of the importance of academic writing to their current study and future career, 2. what the students’ perceptions of the difficulties of academic writing, 3. what the students’ attitudes towards their previous and future academic writing courses. The present study investigates students’ needs emerging in academic writing during classroom practices to gain insightful and profound perspectives for forthcoming needs of the course. Data were collected through a five scaled questionnaire of need analysis distributed to thirty-four EFL students from a private university, and a focus group interview involving nine participants. Results indicate 61% (Mdifficulties=3.05) of students faced difficulties in both general skills and language problems of academic writing and a new course was expected to provide moves/steps for writing the sections in a research article. The present study then suggests that e-database resources are needed for academic papers models and references hence its efficiency and flexibility in prospective academic writing.
Keywords: academic writing, EFL students, need analysis

Cite as: Ratnawati, R.,Faridah, D.,Anam, S.,Retnaningdyah, P. (2018). Exploring Academic Writing Needs of Indonesian EFL Undergraduate Students.
Arab World English Journal, 9 (4), 420-432.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol9no4.31

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Ratnawati is full time lecturer in the English Education Program at Faculty of Teacher Training
and Education of Galuh University, Ciamis, Indonesia. Her current research interests include
Technology Enhanced Language Learning, English Language Teaching for EFL, and
Multiliteracies in Language Learning. ORCid ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1548-4787