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Exploring the relationships among student preferences, prewriting tasks, and text quality in an EAP context

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Exploring the relationships among student preferences, prewriting tasks, and text quality in an EAP context

Neumann, Heike ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8977-7219 and McDonough, Kim (2014) Exploring the relationships among student preferences, prewriting tasks, and text quality in an EAP context. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 15 . pp. 14-26. ISSN 14751585

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jeap.2014.05.002

Abstract

Despite their prevalence in second language (L2) writing classrooms, prewriting discussions have not been widely investigated in terms of their relationship to students’ written texts. Furthermore, students’ preferences for individual or collaborative work have not been considered in terms of their potential impact on the quality of either prewriting tasks or written texts. The current study investigates the relationships among students’ preferences for collaboration, the format of prewriting tasks (collaborative or individual) and student text quality in an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course (N = 21). The students carried out three collaborative and three individual prewriting tasks, submitted six written texts, and completed a questionnaire about their learning preferences. Analysis of two focal participants with divergent preferences for collaboration revealed that the collaboratively-oriented student reflected more on content during the collaborative discussions than the individually-oriented student. However, the individually-oriented students did not engage in more reflection during individual prewriting tasks. In addition, the texts both students produced after collaborative prewriting discussions received higher ratings than the texts they wrote after individual prewriting tasks. The findings suggest that collaborative prewriting may be beneficial for text quality, even for students who prefer to work individually.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Neumann, Heike and McDonough, Kim
Journal or Publication:Journal of English for Academic Purposes
Date:6 June 2014
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1016/j.jeap.2014.05.002
Keywords:Second language writing; second language interaction; collaboration; group work; prewriting tasks; student preferences
ID Code:985471
Deposited By: HEIKE NEUMANN
Deposited On:06 Jun 2019 17:50
Last Modified:06 Jun 2019 17:56

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