Writing Difficulties Encountered by Jordanian EFL Learners
Keywords:writing difficulties, university students, Jordan, EFL
The current study aimed at exploring difficulties that university students face when they write in English as a Foreign Language (EFL). It also aimed at proposing solutions to help EFL learners overcome writing difficulties.
The sample of the study comprised 82 English majors from the World Islamic Sciences and Education University in Jordan.
Instruments of the study included a questionnaire on difficulties that may face English majors while they write in English. The questionnaire also included an open-ended question on suggestions and solutions that can help the students overcome writing difficulties.
The results revealed that â€œlack of ideasâ€ topped difficulties faced by Jordanian EFL students in writing class, followed by â€œthe incorrect use of mechanics of writingâ€. The study also revealed that â€œlack of clear assessment instruments and marking schemesâ€ occupied the third rank, while â€œtime restrictionâ€ ranked fourth.
â€œThe unsuitable methods of teaching writingâ€ and â€œvocabulary restrictionâ€ occupied the fifth and sixth ranks respectively, while â€œtopic inappropriatenessâ€ and â€œlack of materials for consultingâ€ occupied the seventh and eighth ranks. Finally, â€œgrammar difficultiesâ€ and â€œlack of teacher's helpâ€ ranked ninth and tenth respectively.
The study proposed a number of suggestions and solutions to help EFL learners overcome writing difficulties.
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