AWEJ Volume.4 Number.2, 2013                                                                      Pp.283-297
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Promoting Literacy and Writing Proficiency through a Reading-Based Method

Nassira  Boudersa
Applied  Language  Studies
University  of  Constantine  01
Constantine, Algeria

  

 

Abstract
The  present  study  examines  the   writing  proficiency  of  Algerian  EFL  undergraduate  learners (Applied  Language  Studies)  at  the  university  of  Constantine  1,  Algeria.  As  a  very  important  language  skill,  the  ability  to  write  stretches  of  discourse  that  are  communicatively  successful  is  one  of  the  major  concerns  of  language  teachers.  The   main  aim  of  the  study  is  to  see  whether  there  is  a  positive  relationship  between  the  use  of  connective  expressions  in  the  argumentative  type  of  text  and  the  students’  overall  writing  quality,  reflected  by  the  teacher’s  assigned  marks  to  students’  essays.   Two  groups  of  students  were  tested  before  teaching  intervention  to  have  a  general  idea  about  their  level (pre-test) in  writing  and  the  use  of connectives.  The  two  groups  received  the  same  teaching  intervention  during  a  period  of  9  weeks(quasi-experimental  design),  then  they  have  been  given  a  post-test.  The  results  of  the  pretest  and  the  posttest  have  been  analyzed  using   the  correlation  coefficient  test.  The  results  have  shown  that  there  is  an  improvement  in  the  students’  proficiency  in  writing  after  the  teaching  intervention.  The  analysis  of  the  students’  essays  with  regard  to  the  use  of  connective  expressions  and  the  students’  overall  mark  has  shown  that  there  is  a  positive  relationship  between  the  students’  frequent  use  of  connective  expressions  and  their  marks (quality  of  texts The  hypothesis  upon  which  the  research  was  based  on  was,  hence,  confirmed.
Key words: Writing proficiency, connectives, argumentative writing, writing quality

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Nassira BOUDERSA is a 4th
year Ph.D candidate in applied Language Studies at the
university of Constantine 01-Algeria, and a part-time teacher at university from 2008 till
now. Nassira BOUDERSA is interested in doing research in Discourse Analysis and the
translation of poetry from Arabic into English and vice versa.