The Nature of English Writing Done by Graduates of a University in Thailand

The Nature of English Writing Done by Graduates of a University in Thailand

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This mixed-method study examines the English writing habits of recent graduates of a bachelor's degree English program at a government university in northeastern Thailand. One purpose was to gain an understanding of the range of functions and the degree of penetration of English writing in Thailand; another was to provide information about how well the graduates feel the university's writing curriculum prepared them for their needs after graduation. Data were collected through an online survey made available to students who graduated between 2000 and 2005, inclusive, and through interviews conducted with teachers in the program and with former students. Results show that this population of Thais writes in English regularly, both on and off the job, and they write in English to other Thais more than to people of any other nationality. To transmit their writing, they typically use electronic forms of communication, which are often more compatible with English typing/writing than with Thai. While a majority felt the university's curriculum enhanced their overall English ability, two groups felt unprepared for their post-graduation writing needs: those working in business and those who went on to graduate school. Members of both groups recommended that the curriculum be adapted to better develop the specialized writing skills needed in business and in higher academics.An example of this model as taught in the classroom is described in You (2004b). ... English Composition course teaches a€œwriting of the introductory paragraph, body paragraph and concluding paragraph; short composition writing in a variety anbsp;...

Title:The Nature of English Writing Done by Graduates of a University in Thailand
Author: Thomas E. Glass
Publisher:ProQuest - 2007

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