Constructionism and error analysis to understand and improve written English composition of Thai software engineering students
by Teeraporn Saeheaw; Komsak Meksamoot; Nopasit Chakpitak; Arnan Sipitakiat; Nitida Adipattaranan
International Journal of Innovation and Learning (IJIL), Vol. 15, No. 3, 2014

Abstract: To improve Thailand's higher education students' written English skills, this paper presents a learning innovation: the remedial framework targeting software engineering students, by integrating constructionism philosophy and leverages error analysis as a key mechanism to assess students' writing. Results show the most common errors are capitalisation, noun phrase, verb phrase, semantic word selection, determiner phrase, calque, and plurals. The assessment of a pretest and posttest written exercise was statistically significant improvements. This paper suggests that the new framework and assessment technique can improve Thais' written English by shifting from the grammar-based learning method to reach higher levels of learning.

Online publication date: Sat, 21-Jun-2014

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