ESL Pre-service Teachers’ Perceptions on the Use of Paragraph Punch in Teaching Writing

Melor Md Yunus, Hadi Salehi, Norazah Nordin

Abstract


The development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) provides broad opportunities in teaching English in ESL countries. Given the rapid development in computer applications, it is important to look at how these applications can be used in language teaching specifically for writing skills. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the pre-service teachers’ perceptions of a writing software called ‘Paragraph Punch’ as a tool for assisting beginner writers. This software is designed to help learners of English as a second language to develop and organise paragraphs in essay writing. This paper provides an overview of the development of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) over the years, and the background and features of Paragraph Punch. Data for this study have been gathered from third-year TESL students in a state university in Malaysia using a questionnaire survey to elicit their views on the use of Paragraph Punch as a potential writing tool. The descriptive analysis of the data showed that the (i) respondents have a positive view towards Paragraph Punch as a potential writing tool, (ii) Paragraph Punch is more suited for beginner writers, and (iii) the software can still be improved in terms of interactivity and layout to enhance writing. The findings have been discussed with regard to ESL writing.


Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/elt.v5n10p138

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English Language Teaching       ISSN 1916-4742 (Print)   ISSN  1916-4750 (Online)

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