Dual-Spiral Collaborative Learning via Inquiry Activities: Strategies for EFL Writing Classroom

By Hui-Fang Shang.

Published by The Learner Collection

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English writing and teaching writing are particularly difficult and time-consuming tasks for both teachers and students. To decrease teacher’s loading in marking student’s papers, as well as increase student’s English writing performance, the purpose of this paper aims at designing an integrated approach by employing dual-spiral peer learning and writing inquiry activities: Each student can have two pairs for discussion on a series of questions that fulfill learner-centered thinking and guided process writing. Through the inquiry process of dual-spiral collaborative learning, it is expected to develop student’s writing potential and move them to an understanding of the stages of the writing process by making learners identify their writing problems, share with others, reflect, evaluate, and revise their writing. As learners move through the sequence of writing process, they can be immersed in the development of a piece of writing from the earliest pre-writing strategies to the final moments of revision.

Keywords: Dual-Spiral Pair Discussion, Collaborative Learning, Inquiry Process, EFL Writing Development

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp.313-320. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.226MB).

Prof. Hui-Fang Shang

Professor and Chairperson, Department of Applied English, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung County, Taiwan

Hui-Fang Shang was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. In 1996, she earned her ED.D. degree at University of Southern California in USA. Now she is a Full Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Applied English at I-Shou University in Taiwan. Her expertise and research interests include TEFL and curriculum/instructional design.

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