AN INVESTIGATION OF THE IMPACTS OF TEACHING WRITING SKILL THROUGH EXTENSIVE SHORT STORY READING

Seyedeh Zahra Nozen, Seyed Ali Rezvani Kalajahi, Ain Nadzimah Abdullah, Hamideh Jabbarzadeh

Abstract

The present study is an attempt to test the effect of wide short story reading on the precision and difficulty of EFL students’ composition ability. The research was accomplished at Fan Bayan Language Institute in Ajabshir, Iran on advanced EFL students. The entire sample group of 30 learners exhibited a high amount of improvement in a composition ability pre-test, which had an experimental part and a control part. The experimental group of the study comprised three entire weeks of short story practicing before the final test. A composition skill post-test was administered for both the experimental and control groups of the study. The subjects’ compositions were graded according to precision and difficulty of the final test and a T-Test was applied to investigate the students’ improvement according to their grades. The outcomes of the research proved that long-time reading of such stories could empower students in the experimental group to apply and use many answer patterns in post-testing.

 

Keywords: literature, short stories, extensive reading, writing, accuracy, complexity.

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