Proceedings of The 3rd Global Conference on Education and Teaching
Implementing Online Tools to The Pre-Writing Stage: An Investigation into Online Writing Classes
Diem Bich Huyen Bui , Tien Thinh Vu
Writing has been considered one of the most challenging skills to acquire for second and/or foreign language learners, especially for the online version. How to stimulate students’ schemata and develop students’ writing skills has attracted the interest of numerous researchers worldwide. This study aimed to critically investigate the contribution of implementing online tools like Padlet and Jamboard to the pre-writing stage to enhance students’ writing abilities and the reactions of students towards this application. A 7-week research design was conducted with two online writing classes using the Zoom platform with the integration of Padlet. Participants included 62 pre-intermediate students in the Intensive English program. The method used in this research was quasi-experimental with t-tests. In addition, video recordings of online lessons were collected and a survey about students’ perceptions was delivered to students in the experimental group at the end of week 7. The findings revealed that the teaching and learning mode had positive impacts on the organization and content of the students’ written texts. Results from questionnaires also showed that the majority of students felt satisfied with the effectiveness of the lessons and the level of engagement in class.
keywords: online tools, online writing class, pre-writing stage, quasi-experimental, Zoom.