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|Title: ||AWARENESS OF SUBJECT AREA INSTRUCTORS ABOUT THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF STUDENTS’ WRITING SKILLS|
|Authors: ||MENGESHA, ABEBE|
|Advisors: ||Ato Mamo Kefele|
|Copyright: ||2003 |
|Date Added: ||21-Apr-2008 |
|Publisher: ||Addis Ababa University|
|Abstract: ||Due to the profound role of writing skills in all the subject area students' academic
activities, and other many reasons, subject area instructors are expected to contribute to the
development of these skills in the students. It is also underlined by many scholars that
before the teachers take action of contribution, they should be aware of why and how they
can play this role. Standing on this ground, this research tried to find out subject area
instructors' awareness with regard to four issues: the nature of writing and how it develops,
the influence of writing skills on students' learning of subject area content, the instructors'
feeling of responsibility to help students develop writing skills, and their knowledge of the
techniques and strategies that promote students' writing skills.
For this purpose, subject area instructors at the Faculty of Education, Dilla College of Teacher
Education and Health Sciences were interviewed and made fill in a questionnaire. Then, it
was found out that the instructors have the awareness; but the results show that their
awareness lacks comprehensiveness probably because they didn't take any consciousnessraising
training. They drew on their experience both as a student and instructor for the current
awareness they have.
As a solution, five recommendations were given in the report. First, language teaching
specialists should avoid generalizing hastily that subject area instructors are ignorant of their
influence on students' development of writing skills. Second, to make subject area instructors'
awareness comprehensive formal consciousness-raising courses, seminars, or workshops
should be conducted. Third, the trainings should be contextualized, practical and reflective so
that their impact can be stronger. Fourth, for full understanding of the problem in the practice
of writing in the total curriculum, the classroom practice of the instructors should also be
surveyed. Fifth, the instructors should develop their awareness of their contributions through
|Description: ||A THESIS SUBMITTED TO THE SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES OF
ADDIS ABABA UNIVERSITY IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTERS IN TEACHING
ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (TEFL)
|Appears in:||Thesis - Teaching English as a Foreign Language|
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