The Impact of Virtual Writing Tutor on Writing Skills and Attitudes of Omani College Students

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Abstract

The present study aimed to examine the impact of Virtual Writing Tutor (VWT) software on the academic
writing skills of Year 1 Omani EFL students in the College of Applied Science, (CAS)-Sohar and their attitudes
towards using VWT software to enhance their academic writing skills. The sample consisted of 35 students in
the control group and 35 in the experimental group (Total N= 70) who were enrolled in the English for
Academic Purposes (ENAP1002) course at CAS-Sohar. The data collection tools included pre-test and post-test
for the two groups, and attitude scale for the experimental group. The findings of the study showed a positive
large effect size (Cohen’s d = 0.88) of VWT on writing skills. In addition, Year 1 students in the experimental
group enjoyed using the VWT software and found it beneficial and helpful in checking the accuracy of their
essays including spelling, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary. In light of the research findings, implications
and recommendations for future research were outlined.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberISSN 2529-7996 E-ISSN 2591-7250
JournalThe Impact of Virtual Writing Tutor on Writing Skills and Attitudes of Omani College Students
Volume4
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • virtual writing tutor, writing skills, EFL learners, attitudes

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