THE CHALLENGE OF TEACHING DOCUMENTED ESSAY WRITING

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Author(s): Aylin KYALAN

For freshman students, documented essay writing, that is to say, academic writing is a considerable challenge. This skill requires the acquisition of various sub-skills, such as reading with comprehension, finding the main ideas and points in a text, writing in a particular style, applying critical thinking and doing research. All freshman students at Izmir University of Economics are required to take "ENG 101 and ENG 102 - Academic Reading and Writing Skills 1 & 2" courses so that they can cope with their departmental courses. This paper aims at exploring in detail the process of writing documented essays, as taught at ENG 101 & 102 courses, by analyzing the results of the students' responses and their reactions towards learning the relevant skills such as paraphrasing, summarizing, quoting and synthesizing. Implications for program designers are considered and suggestions for the syllabus renewal are given.  

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