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Teaching and Learning EFL Writing at Yemeni Universities: A Review of Current Practices

  • Abdulghani Muthanna
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Abstract

As a form of self-expression, writing has intricate connections with individuals’ knowledge development and communication For educators, writing is a particularly important domain, since students often seek models as they strive to develop their communication skills. Therefore, the author personally suggests educators produce at least one piece of writing that could, in one way or another, represent their knowledge, convey their life philosophies and motivate their students towards producing their own writings. Since it is related to specific discourses, mastering academic writing is arguably the most challenging area of competency when compared with other skills (Ibrahim & Nambiar, 2010). Typically, academic writing involves processes that demand ongoing efforts with deep thinking and several stages of editing. While such processes are challenging for first language users, foreign language users encounter more areas of difficulty related to foreign language use. The similarities between the first language and foreign language may ease some of the difficulties experienced by learners. In the context of learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Arab countries, Arab learners consider learning English a difficult process (Rabab’ah, 2005).

Keywords

Teacher Candidate Writing Skill Admission Policy Academic Writing Recent Graduate 
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Notes

Acknowledgment

The author would like to thank the editors of this book, Dr. Hassan and Dr. Abdulhamid, for their valuable feedback. The author would also like to thank Associate Prof. Cendel Karaman for his great feedback. It is also important to thank Mr. Issa Alqaderi for his assistance in collecting some of the data. Finally, all the study participants must be thanked for their voluntary participation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abdulghani Muthanna
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  1. 1.Institute for International and Comparative Education, Educational Leadership and PolicyBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingP. R. China

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