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Authors: Kassahun, Tadesse
Advisors: Dr.Tassew Woldehanna
Copyright: 2003
Date Added: 11-May-2008
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: This study presents a case study assessing instructors' provision of written responses to students' business letter writing practices at Admas College, a privately run business college in Addis Ababa. The goal is to examine, by means of detailed analysis of sample data gathered from 20 students, who are selected by availability sampling and instructors responses handling the course. Two instruments were used. A format with four micro- skills and conditions set for rating the instructors' formative responses against given rating scales was prepared. Then, the results were tabulated and analysed. The results showed that most of the students' works were rated below adequate standard and only a few of the students works were able to meet required letter writing standards. Then, the instructors written comments were collected and categorised using a format with six categories for which features were specified for characterising the instructors' comments. Using the six categories, the comments were summarised showing categories of clarity, style, form, reorganisation, provision of more information, and provision of less information. The results showed that a good number of the comments revolved around issues of clarity, style, and form, whereas lesser number of the comments were to do with issues of reorganisation, provision of more and/or less information. Moreover, it was observed that quite a good number of the comments were either too general to follow, or too strong or harsh, and did not teach or help the students to overcome their writing difficulties. On the other hand, however, significant number of the comments seems to have met the students' preferences to a certain extent. Based on the finding of the study, some possible recommendations are suggested.
Description: A Thesis Submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Addis Ababa University, in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Science in Economic Policy Analysis
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1041
Appears in:Thesis - Economics

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