Investigating the Efficacy of the Multiple-drafting Process in an EFL Writing Class

By Yueh-Chiu Fang.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The purpose of this study is to investigate and describe the students’ and their teacher’s perspectives on using the multiple-drafting process in an EFL writing class. This study is based on face-to-face in-depth interviews with the instructor and nine selected student participants, relating to a composition course offered to forty-five junior college students divided into two classes in the Applied Foreign Languages Department at a technological university in Taiwan. The results reveal that all of the nine student participants valued the multiple-drafting process highly in helping them to improve their English writing. Similarly, the teacher participant supported his students’ perceptions. A further finding, suggested by the teacher, is that developing the students to become independent writers be encouraged. The discussion suggests that the adoption of the multiple-drafting process be worth taking into consideration in the EFL writing classroom to help students become independent writers as well as to develop learner autonomy.

Keywords: Multiple-drafting Process, In-depth Interviews, Independent Writer, Learner Autonomy

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.59-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 642.940KB).

Dr. Yueh-Chiu Fang

Associate Professor, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, National Formosa University, Yun-lin County, Taiwan

Yuehchiu Fang received her M.A. in TESOL from Long Island University in 1989 and her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy from The Pennsylvania State University in December 2002 in the United States. She is currently an associate professor in the Applied Foreign Languages Department and the Director of the Language Teaching Center at the National Formosa University. She has 20-year English teaching experience at college level in Taiwan. Her interests include the teaching of ESL/EFL writing and oral fluency, and also the research related to the curriculum design in English Language.

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