Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 9. Number 3. September 2018              Pp. 188-206
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol9no3.13

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Integrating Adapted Approaches of Writing Instructions with Alternative Assessment to
Improve Academic Writing Ability
 

 Vorakorn Tuvachit
Language Institute, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand

 Kittitouch Soontornwipast
Language Institute, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand

 

 

 

Abstract:
This study aims to find whether the adapted approaches of writing instructions and alternative assessment could improve the students’ academic writing ability. This classroom-based action research was initiated from the observation and reflection of the researchers as English academic writing instructors in tertiary education. It was observed that students had difficulties improving their academic writing ability. The preliminary investigations revealed that the problem was caused by the dependence on a single approach of instruction and summative assessment. Adapting the strengths of different approaches of writing instructions: the product approach, process approach, genre approach and process-genre approach, the intervention was designed. Alternative forms of assessment were integrated in the pedagogy for their potentials in promoting learning. Through the steps of plan, act, observe, and reflect of action research, data on benefits and shortcomings of the intervention were analyzed and used in reshaping the instructions. Results from the statistical analysis of the discrepancy between the pre-test and post-test revealed that the intervention significantly improved the students’ academic writing ability. Besides, the findings from multiple sources also showed that the students developed positive opinion towards this pedagogical approach. Finally, this study offers informed knowledge on factors to consider in using the adapted approaches of writing instructions.
Keywords: academic writing, action research, alternative assessment, EFL writing, writing instructions

Cite as: Tuvachit, V., & Soontornwipast, K. (2018). Integrating Adapted Approaches of Writing Instructions with Alternative Assessment to Improve Academic Writing Ability. Arab World English Journal, 9 (3), 188-206.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol9no3.13

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Vorakorn Tuvachit is a Ph.D. candidate in English language teaching at Thammasat University,
Thailand. His areas of interests include writing instructions and assessment for learning.
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0791-5556