Abstract—The objectives of this study were: 1) to study and compare English writing abilities of Grade 6 students before and after using the 4 MAT System, and, 2) to study the students’ attitudes towards teaching English writing using the 4 MAT System. This study was based on a one group pretest and posttest design. The sample group consisted of 24 Grade 6 students at a primary school, Thailand. The study was done during the second semester of the 2011 academic year. The research instruments were 6 lesson plans, an English writing ability test, and an attitude questionnaire. The experiment lasted six weeks, four hours a week, yielding twenty-four hours of instruction. Statistical parameters used in this study consisted of percentage, mean, standard deviation and t-test for dependent samples. The findings of this study were as follows. 1. the students’ pretest and posttest scores on English writing ability were 35.57 percent and 69.80 percent, respectively. The students’ English writing ability was found significantly different at the .01 level. The mean score of the posttest was higher than the pretest. 2. The students’ attitude towards teaching English writing using the 4 MAT System was at a good level. (x= 3.86)
Index Terms—English writing ability, 4 MAT systems teaching.
Teerapon Benchachinda is with the TESOL program at Udon Thani University, 64 Taharn Raod, Amphoe Muang, Udon Thani 41000 Thailand(e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Teerapon Benchachinda, "Developing English Writing Ability of Grade 6 Students Using the 4 MAT System," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 2, no. 6, pp. 551-553, 2012.