Harnessing technology to improve functional writing skills which empower students through transition

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Abstract

“the ability to communicate [both orally and in writing] is the most important skill that a graduate can possess” (CMI, 2014, p8) yet evidence suggests that many students have significant problems with written communication, including basic grammar. In university, the focus should be on academic writing however if students have issues with basic functional writing, their ability into write critically and analytically is limited. This paper describes a project which aims to evaluate how technology can be used to enhance transition by improving students’ functional writing skills. The main focus of this paper is the first stage of the project, identifying and categorising the main issues with students’ functional writing. The research has found that there are significant problems with basic writing, especially in sentence structure and vocabulary. Further research has still to be carried out on the identification and evaluation of appropriate technologies to improve writing skills.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-20
Number of pages20
Publication statusUnpublished - Jun 2015

Keywords

  • student writing
  • technology
  • academic writing
  • functional writing
  • written communication

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