Proceedings of the 2020 6th International Conference on Social Science and Higher Education (ICSSHE 2020)

Promoting Learning by Writing: A Study of “Length Approach” in Non-English Majors

Authors
Cheng Chen, Xuecheng Wang, Yamin Jiang, Fei Chen
Corresponding Author
Fei Chen
Available Online 16 December 2020.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.201214.052How to use a DOI?
Keywords
College English, writing teaching, Length Approach, promoting learning
Abstract
The “Length Approach” is a method to promote learning by writing long compositions. In order to test the effectiveness of this approach in promoting students’ writing and comprehensive English ability, the current study introduces the “Length Approach” into college English writing teaching. This study conducted a one-semester long composition teaching experiment on 60 non-English majors in Chengdu Medical College, during which a pre-test, training of writing long compositions, post-test and questionnaire were made. The statistical results showed that the writing scores and comprehensive English level of the experimental group were significantly improved after training, while the performance of the control group showed no such significant difference. The result is also supported by the qualitative analysis of the questionnaire. Participants in the experimental group generally believed that the “Length Approach” helped them develop a deeper perception of writing. Besides, their confidence in writing, independent study awareness and habits as well as writing ability and skills were all improved. The quantitative and qualitative results jointly showed that the “Length Approach” is also suitable for non-English majors and has an obvious effect on promoting learning; thus having effectiveness, practicability and applicability.
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AU  - Cheng Chen
AU  - Xuecheng Wang
AU  - Yamin Jiang
AU  - Fei Chen
PY  - 2020
DA  - 2020/12/16
TI  - Promoting Learning by Writing: A Study of “Length Approach” in Non-English Majors
BT  - Proceedings of the 2020 6th International Conference on Social Science and Higher Education (ICSSHE 2020)
PB  - Atlantis Press
SP  - 275
EP  - 280
SN  - 2352-5398
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DO  - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.201214.052
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