Systematic Review: Challenges in Teaching Writing Skills for Upper Secondary in ESL Classrooms and Suggestions to overcome them

  • Saravanan A/L Palanisamy Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
  • Azlina Abdul Aziz Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
Keywords: systematic review, writing challenges, writing skills, ESL classrooms, writing strategies

Abstract

This paper presents a systematic review of relevant published studies on challenges in teaching writing skills for upper secondary in ESL classrooms and solutions to overcome them from year 2012-2020. This systematic review attempts to address two research questions ; i.e. what are the writing challenges of the students and what are the solutions to overcome writing challenges faced by ESL students. 12 single studies and 2 systematic reviews were systematically reviewed and revealed that the most challenges encountered by students in writing are word choice, vocabulary, grammar and poor organisation of ideas. The findings also shed some lights on solutions to overcome the challenges from teachers’ and students’ perspective. Teachers should act as a guidance by providing sample essays, giving feedbacks and choose suitable approach by identifying students’ needs. Meanwhile the students should read more to generate ideas and improve their vocabulary and grammar knowledge.

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Published
2021-04-08
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Palanisamy, S. and Abdul Aziz, A. (2021) “Systematic Review: Challenges in Teaching Writing Skills for Upper Secondary in ESL Classrooms and Suggestions to overcome them”, Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 6(4), pp. 262 - 275. doi: https://doi.org/10.47405/mjssh.v6i4.749.
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