It is important to note that many ESL tertiary students face a lot of problems in writing. Their inability to write well not only affects their grade in their English proficiency class, but their overall course grade as well. In light of this issue, it is important to analyze the students’ writing problems and needs in order to provide a suitable writing module which can enhance their writing ability. This study investigates ESL Tertiary students’ writing problems and needs in the BEL 311 English proficiency course at MARA University of Technology, Johor. In addition, the study also looks at the students’ and lecturers’ suggestions of the important elements for the proposed supplementary online writing program IQ-Write for the course. In this study, 60 Part Three Diploma students taking the BEL 311 course were given a set of questionnaires and four lecturers who have taught the course for more than 5 years were interviewed. Results indicate that the students face a lot of difficulties and problems which include their inability to be inquisitive and critical when writing, the lack of practice time being allocated in class, as well as the dull and ineffective writing module and activities conducted in class. Thus, they feel that an additional online writing program (IQ-Write) should be developed and be made to cater to the students’ writing needs in order to help increase their interest and performance in academic writing.
|Keywords:||ESL, Needs Analysis, Online Writing Program|
Senior Lecturer, Academy of Language Studies, MARA University of Technology, Segamat, Johor, Malaysia
Senior Lecturer, Centre of General Studies, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
Senior Lecturer, School of Language Studies & Linguistics,Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
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