VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2018

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The Effects of Portfolios on Developing Writing Skills of English Major Students at Hanoi Law University
Huong Thanh Nhac, Minh Nguyen Binh La

Building: A12
Room: Room 303
Date: 2018-10-12 03:20 PM – 03:50 PM
Last modified: 2018-09-15

Abstract


The primary focus of this study was to examine the effects of portfolios on enhancing writing skills of English major students at Hanoi Law University. To achieve the aim, 50 second-year students participating in the study were randomly divided into experimental and control groups. The experimental group was taught English writing skills using portfolios while traditional teaching method was applied to the control group. A pre- test and a post- test were administered to both groups to measure the differences in students’ writing performances. The results revealed that portfolios had positive impacts on students’ writing skills. Also, a questionnaire was administered to the students in the experimental group to identify their perceptions of portfolios on their writing abilities. The data showed that the majority of the students considered portfolios to be effective. Based on the main findings, a number of recommendations relating to the application of writing portfolios were made to improve the English teaching and learning process.

 


Keywords


English major students, experimental and control groups, portfolios, writing skills.