L2 Writing Strategies Used by EFL Graduate Students

Arifin, Syaadiah (2017) L2 Writing Strategies Used by EFL Graduate Students. JER (JOURNAL OF ELT RESEARCH), 2 (2). pp. 115-129. ISSN p-2502-292X

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This study investigates the writing strategies and the predominantly strategies used by
four Indonesian graduate students when writing in L2 (English). They were divided into
2 groups, skilled and less skilled writers, to examine what strategies they applied when
writing. The main instrument of this study is Think Aloud Protocols (TAPs). The analysis
of data collected discovered some findings: (1) both skilled and less skilled writers used
varied strategies. However, the frequency of using each strategy was different. Skilled
writers used each strategy in high frequency. On the other hand, less skilled writers only
used each strategy in low frequency, while skilled writers understand the recursive nature
of writing. (2) Skilled writers used reading and rereading strategies in high frequency for
several purposes: revising and editing the text, developing ideas, and getting new ideas,
while less skilled writers rarely used those strategies. They wrote whatever ideas came
into their mind, and reread the text once in a while. These findings suggest that effective
writing strategies should be introduced explicitly when student writers have already
mastered the foundation of writing. Unfortunately, they are seldom guided on the use of
writing strategies in the process of their writing. In fact, effective writing strategies and
the frequency of using each strategy could help them become good writers and influence
the quality of their writing. Based on these findings some suggestions are discussed.
Keywords: L2 writing strategies, Think aloud Protocols (TAPs), skilled and less skilled

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Depositing User: Dr. Syaadiah Arifin
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2020 14:44
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2020 14:44
URI: http://repository.uhamka.ac.id/id/eprint/4843

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