A Three Tiered Evaluation Framework for Effective Writing Instruction in English for Academic Purposes Course

  • Mahwish Arif NED University of Engineering & Technology
  • Sajida Zaki NED University of Engineering & Technology
  • Hina Muhammad Ali NED University of Engineering & Technology
Keywords: tiered evaluation, framework, feedback, self-reflection, soft skills

Abstract

Academic writing is becoming a matter of concern for the developing countries where English serves as a second or foreign language because of the significant role it plays in the academic as well as professional life of an individual. Excellence in academic writing and communication is among the top ranked expectations from graduates of all disciplines, Pakistani Higher education Commission has listed Technical and Academic communication as second significant competence (2017). Therefore, there is a dire need of a writing instruction framework that could inculcate communicative competence among Pakistani graduates. A framework that will suppress all challenges and ensure success. The consciously chosen methodology meant to determine the effectiveness of 3-Tiered Evaluation Framework in enhancing students’ engagement in writing classes; ensuring their academic success. The study established that the 3-tiered evaluation framework assisted teachers and language learners alike in dealing with language related problems including; large class size, writing in second/foreign language, absence of corrective feedback, students’ passivity and high dependence on easily available notes. The 3-TEF ensured active involvement of students in writing tasks facilitated through collaboration and systematic critical reflection, which ultimately improved students’ writing engagement and achievements. Besides, interpersonal skills, negotiation, critical thinking, autonomous learning, team work, collaboration, and confidence development, surfaced as by-products of the 3-TEF.

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Author Biographies

Sajida Zaki, NED University of Engineering & Technology

Dr. Sajida Zaki is Professor in English and Applied Linguistics & Chairperson of the Humanities Department, NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi.

Hina Muhammad Ali, NED University of Engineering & Technology

Hina Muhammad Ali is Lecturer for English language at Humanities Department, NED University of Engineering & Technology

Published
2019-05-01
How to Cite
Arif, M., Zaki, S., & Ali, H. (2019). A Three Tiered Evaluation Framework for Effective Writing Instruction in English for Academic Purposes Course. Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 4(2), 68 - 79. Retrieved from https://msocialsciences.com/index.php/mjssh/article/view/185
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