THE USE OF ONLINE LESSONS TO ENHANCE ENGLISH WRITING ABILBITY OF THAI UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Keywords:needs analysis, English sentence writing, online lessons, conjunctions, corpus analysis
Online learning has become a new trend of learning among a new generation of learners grown up with advanced information and communication technologies. Although a number of researchers have developed online learning for writing instruction, very few studies have paid attention to English sentence writing. This study aimed to examine whether the online lessons developed based on students’ writing problems in English sentence writing and needs of online lessons in application of Vai & Sosulski’s (2016) theoretical framework of online course design could enhance their writing ability. This study comprised three major phases: needs analysis, development of online lessons, and implementation of online lessons, employing one-group pretest-posttest research design for the experiment with 24 students majoring in Business English as the participants. The responses from 140 Business English major students in the first phase of needs analysis revealed the students’ various problems in sentence writing such as their inability to write complex sentences, combine two independent clauses, and identify the difference between complete and incomplete sentences. After the final phase of implementing online lessons, the results indicated the effectiveness of the developed online lessons to enhance the students ‘sentence writing ability as evidenced in the increased percentage of correct sentences. In addition, despite the percentages of simple sentences in the writing pretest and posttest were not distinctively different, the higher percentage of adverb clauses demonstrated the students’ attempt to write sentences using more complex structures.
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