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Title: Teaching The Upper Basic Students to Write Better: The GSM Innovation
Author: Oluwayomi Sefiu Oladunjoye
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Institution: Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Writing Systems
Abstract: This is a position paper that looks into the teaching of the writing skills of the English Language in Nigerian Upper Basic Classes (JS1-3). A pilot study was conducted on forty-seven students of a Federal Government College to test the popularity of Mobile phones among students especially as it relates to their English Language learning. The result shows that, indeed, students are eager to apply this aspect of technology to their writing skill. Applying Pearson Correlation Coefficient, the response to the 16-item Likert scale questionnaire was compared with the students’ performance in a short descriptive essay. The result shows that there is a positive relationship between the use of GSM and students’ writing as indicated by R (0.73) while R2(0.53) is a further prove that in every 100 cases, the relationship occurs in 53. The researcher gives practical examples of how the facility can be used successfully to enrich students’ English writing skill and suggests solutions to possible hindrances to its use.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: In Progress
Venue: Nigeria
Publication Info: Intended for publication in one of the Linguists Journals


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