Enhancing Omani University students' writing and study skills

Discussion forum module

Hranush Ginosyan, Victoria Tuzlukova

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Abstract

This paper reports the results of a study conducted among first-year Foundation Program English Language (FPEL) students, English teachers and FPEL course coordinators at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in Oman with the aim to examine the use of Moodle forums for advancing writing and study skills of the students in higher level FPEL courses by participating in asynchronous discussions, interacting with other students and/or the teacher, and exchanging ideas by posting comments. In addition, students', teachers' and course coordinators' perceptions about the discussion forum as an activity in an e-learning environment that can successfully contribute to FPEL curriculum writing and study skills goals and teaching approaches were examined with regard to the attainment of learning outcomes (LOs). Data were collected by interviewing teachers and course coordinators, conducting an online survey for students, monitoring students' participation in forum activities and analyzing the policy documents related to writing and study skills components of FPEL 0560 course. The results of the study corroborate some significant findings of the previous work in the field, and clearly demonstrate that Moodle forums support writing fluency, allow students more time for developing ideas and working on their writing and study skills' assignments. Additionally, forums foster a sense of purpose and community, as well as contribute to communication skills' development of language learners through online language learning environment by responding to online assignments, inviting feedback, commenting on/grading other students' comments, seeking and providing help with purposes of enhancing, reinforcing and researching.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-67
Number of pages12
JournalIndonesian Journal of Applied Linguistics
Volume4
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Fingerprint

English language
language course
student
learning environment
teacher
Oman
grading
language
Student Writing
Study Skills
Module
online survey
communication skills
electronic learning
student teacher
monitoring
curriculum
Co-ordinator
Language Courses
participation

Keywords

  • Discussion forums
  • E-learning platform
  • Learning outcomes
  • Writing and study skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

Cite this

Enhancing Omani University students' writing and study skills : Discussion forum module. / Ginosyan, Hranush; Tuzlukova, Victoria.

In: Indonesian Journal of Applied Linguistics, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2015, p. 56-67.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{20b61c4bd2e44cbeae4313dbd1918078,
title = "Enhancing Omani University students' writing and study skills: Discussion forum module",
abstract = "This paper reports the results of a study conducted among first-year Foundation Program English Language (FPEL) students, English teachers and FPEL course coordinators at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in Oman with the aim to examine the use of Moodle forums for advancing writing and study skills of the students in higher level FPEL courses by participating in asynchronous discussions, interacting with other students and/or the teacher, and exchanging ideas by posting comments. In addition, students', teachers' and course coordinators' perceptions about the discussion forum as an activity in an e-learning environment that can successfully contribute to FPEL curriculum writing and study skills goals and teaching approaches were examined with regard to the attainment of learning outcomes (LOs). Data were collected by interviewing teachers and course coordinators, conducting an online survey for students, monitoring students' participation in forum activities and analyzing the policy documents related to writing and study skills components of FPEL 0560 course. The results of the study corroborate some significant findings of the previous work in the field, and clearly demonstrate that Moodle forums support writing fluency, allow students more time for developing ideas and working on their writing and study skills' assignments. Additionally, forums foster a sense of purpose and community, as well as contribute to communication skills' development of language learners through online language learning environment by responding to online assignments, inviting feedback, commenting on/grading other students' comments, seeking and providing help with purposes of enhancing, reinforcing and researching.",
keywords = "Discussion forums, E-learning platform, Learning outcomes, Writing and study skills",
author = "Hranush Ginosyan and Victoria Tuzlukova",
year = "2015",
language = "English",
volume = "4",
pages = "56--67",
journal = "Indonesian Journal of Applied Linguistics",
issn = "2301-9468",
publisher = "Indonesia University of Education",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Enhancing Omani University students' writing and study skills

T2 - Discussion forum module

AU - Ginosyan, Hranush

AU - Tuzlukova, Victoria

PY - 2015

Y1 - 2015

N2 - This paper reports the results of a study conducted among first-year Foundation Program English Language (FPEL) students, English teachers and FPEL course coordinators at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in Oman with the aim to examine the use of Moodle forums for advancing writing and study skills of the students in higher level FPEL courses by participating in asynchronous discussions, interacting with other students and/or the teacher, and exchanging ideas by posting comments. In addition, students', teachers' and course coordinators' perceptions about the discussion forum as an activity in an e-learning environment that can successfully contribute to FPEL curriculum writing and study skills goals and teaching approaches were examined with regard to the attainment of learning outcomes (LOs). Data were collected by interviewing teachers and course coordinators, conducting an online survey for students, monitoring students' participation in forum activities and analyzing the policy documents related to writing and study skills components of FPEL 0560 course. The results of the study corroborate some significant findings of the previous work in the field, and clearly demonstrate that Moodle forums support writing fluency, allow students more time for developing ideas and working on their writing and study skills' assignments. Additionally, forums foster a sense of purpose and community, as well as contribute to communication skills' development of language learners through online language learning environment by responding to online assignments, inviting feedback, commenting on/grading other students' comments, seeking and providing help with purposes of enhancing, reinforcing and researching.

AB - This paper reports the results of a study conducted among first-year Foundation Program English Language (FPEL) students, English teachers and FPEL course coordinators at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in Oman with the aim to examine the use of Moodle forums for advancing writing and study skills of the students in higher level FPEL courses by participating in asynchronous discussions, interacting with other students and/or the teacher, and exchanging ideas by posting comments. In addition, students', teachers' and course coordinators' perceptions about the discussion forum as an activity in an e-learning environment that can successfully contribute to FPEL curriculum writing and study skills goals and teaching approaches were examined with regard to the attainment of learning outcomes (LOs). Data were collected by interviewing teachers and course coordinators, conducting an online survey for students, monitoring students' participation in forum activities and analyzing the policy documents related to writing and study skills components of FPEL 0560 course. The results of the study corroborate some significant findings of the previous work in the field, and clearly demonstrate that Moodle forums support writing fluency, allow students more time for developing ideas and working on their writing and study skills' assignments. Additionally, forums foster a sense of purpose and community, as well as contribute to communication skills' development of language learners through online language learning environment by responding to online assignments, inviting feedback, commenting on/grading other students' comments, seeking and providing help with purposes of enhancing, reinforcing and researching.

KW - Discussion forums

KW - E-learning platform

KW - Learning outcomes

KW - Writing and study skills

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84921695239&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84921695239&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

VL - 4

SP - 56

EP - 67

JO - Indonesian Journal of Applied Linguistics

JF - Indonesian Journal of Applied Linguistics

SN - 2301-9468

IS - 2

ER -