Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume.8 Number4 December 2017                                         Pp.  292-302
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol8no4.20

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  Using Portfolio as an Alternative Assessment Tool to Enhance Thai EFL
 Students’ Writing skill 

Rusma Kalra
Business English, Theodore Maria School of Arts
Assumption University

Chutamas Sundrarajun
Business English, Theodore Maria School of Arts
Assumption University

 Hathaichanok Komintarachat
Business English, Theodore Maria School of Arts
Assumption University

 

 

Abstract:
This present study investigates the effects of portfolios on the development of English as a foreign language ( EFL) learners’ writing skills. For the purpose of this study 56 senior Thai undergraduate students majoring in Business English at an International University in Thailand were selected and divided into experimental and control groups. Each group, consists of 26 students, both of them were given pretest to ensure the same proficiency level. Throughout the eight weeks in which the experiment was carried, the experimental group was taught through portfolio assessment technique and the control group was taught using the conventional method. Besides, an independent sample t-test was carried out to see the significant differences between the two groups. In order to see the differences within each group, a paired sample t-test was applied. The statistical results showed that there was a significant difference between the experimental and control groups which signifies that those receiving the treatment, in this case, the portfolio based assessment, outperformed their control group counterpart in the area of writing skill.
keyword: EFL writing, portfolio assessment, portfolios 

Cite as: Kalra, R., Sundrarajun, C., & Komintarachat, H. (2017).  Using Portfolio as an Alternative Assessment Tool to Enhance Thai EFL Students’ Writing skill. Arab World English Journal, 8 (4).
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol8no4.20

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Dr. Rusma is a full-time lecturer in the Department of Business English, Faculty of Arts,
Assumption University, Thailand. With over 8 years of teaching experience at tertiary level, she
has covered a wide range of areas in her teaching including English for specific purposes and
business communication writing. Her research interests include classroom based research and
English for specific purposes