EXPLORING ELT PREP CLASS STUDENTS? VIEWS ON PEARLS OF WISDOM CORNER IN WRITING CLASSES

Abstract

Author(s): Ismail YAMAN, EmrahEKMEKI

Developing writing skills is a critical threshold on the way to proficiency in the target language for EFL learners. It is an indispensable component of this process to provide feedback for the students’ writings in order to help them see their strengths and weaknesses. This study aims to show the efficacy of an indirect form of giving feedback, “Pearls of Wisdom Corner”, to the writings of students. Following a treatment process of one-semester, interviews are conducted with the students attending ELT prep class at OndokuzMay?s University to collect data. Qualitative data obtained from the interviews indicate that students find this new application quite fruitful and motivating. They report that “Pearls of Wisdom” sheets hung on the wall following almost every writing assignment, quiz, and exam help them reduce their mistakes and bring a positive atmosphere into the writing class. In the light of the qualitative data gathered in this study, it is concluded that “Pearls of Wisdom” application in writing classes can be an effective way of enhancing student motivation and their awareness of the commonly observed mistakes and errors during writing practices.

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