The Effect of a Computerized Writing Program on the Quality of College Students’ English Compositions
This study investigates the effect of a computerized writing program known as My Access on the writing quality of seventy college students enrolled in a course of intermediate English writing. The students will use My Access to write three compositions in multiple drafts in addition to another composition provided with traditional human feedback. The study aims to address three issues: (1) the effects of My Access on the overall quality of the students’ multiple-draft compositions, (2) the score matching between the computer and human graders, and (3) students’ attitudes towards the use of My Access in the writing course. At the end of the semester, the seventy students will respond to a questionnaire that examines their attitudes towards the use of My Access in this class. A sub-sample of eighteen students will have one-to-one interviews with the investigator. Their first and final drafts will be evaluated by two experienced writing instructors, and the score differences will be statistically analyzed by paired t-tests. A third rater will be applied whenever there is a disagreement between the first two raters. In addition, the correlation between human raters and scoring machine of My Access will also be measured to show the ratios of agreements. The findings of this study will provide new insights into the use of computerized writing programs in Taiwan’s colleges as well as other ESL/EFL teaching contexts.
Keywords: Computerized Writing Program, My Access, Multiple-draft Composition, Writing Quality
Dr. Chi-Yen Chiu
Assistant Professor, Applied Foreign Languages, National Formosa University