Volume 2, Issue 2, April 2017, Page: 31-34
Does Practice Improve Writing Performance: A Case Study in Taiwan
Shan-Shan Kung, The Department of English Studies, Ming-Dao University, Zhanghua, Taiwan R.O.C.
Received: Dec. 23, 2016;       Accepted: Jan. 10, 2017;       Published: Feb. 20, 2017
DOI: 10.11648/j.her.20170202.11      View  2348      Downloads  55
Modern society is highly globalized, making English extraordinarily important in almost all aspects. Taiwan is inevitably affected by this trend because the use of English has been deeply involved in many activities such as economic transactions, textbook translations, development of new techniques, and exchanges of agricultural commodities. The study aims to explore whether students improve their writing skills from the class taught and from intensive practices. To achieve this goal, this study develops a multivariate regression model to evaluate the potential influences of important factors on writing performance. The result could be useful to faculty in class teaching and recruiting process of companies because the influences of crucial factors are quantitatively measured. The data is randomly selected from the university records and the result shows that the data fits the model well. The results indicate that student coming from northern Taiwan do not perform as well as students coming from other regions. However, their improvement in writing skills is much better. Male students perform worse than female students because their strengths in logic is outweighed by the weakness in organization and structuring skills.
College Students, English Writing, Exam Score, Taiwan
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Shan-Shan Kung, Does Practice Improve Writing Performance: A Case Study in Taiwan, Higher Education Research. Vol. 2, No. 2, 2017, pp. 31-34. doi: 10.11648/j.her.20170202.11
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