International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Writing in an Internet-Based Environment: Improving EFL Students’ Writing Performance through Text-Based Chat
Dr. Talha Abdullah Sharadgah

This study aimed at measuring the effect of an Internet-based instructional program (IBIP) on developing Salman bin Abdulaziz University students’ writing performance. The subjects in this study were 98 male students enrolled in a writing course during the first semester of the academic year 2012/2013. This study used the quasiexperimental design. The subjects were randomly assigned into two groups: an experimental group was taught writing via the IBIP; and the control group was taught in the ordinary method. To achieve the purpose of the study the researcher designed an Internet-based instructional program. The website of the program was provided with useful links and learning materials. The findings of the study revealed that EFL students in the experimental group who used the IBIP showed much improvement in their writing performance than the EFL students in the control group who used the ordinary method.

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