IJSSH 2012 Vol.2(6): 591-594 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2012.V2.179

Enhancing Students’ Motivation by Providing Feedback on Writing: The Case of International Students from Thailand

Nazifah Hamidun, Shafiq Hizwari Md Hashim, and Nur Farhinaa Othman

Abstract—This paper mainly investigates on providing feedback to the students’ writing in giving fresh impetus and motivation to produce better writing during the SUC-ES Camp. Summer Camp – English for Survival is specifically organized by Department of International Language of UniMAP which involved 34 International students from Thailand. The aim of this camp is to foster language appreciation and motivation in English language. This study examined the impact of feedback to the students’ writing during the SUC-ES camp which had been carried out for 12 days at UniMAP. The researcher had conducted the interviews with the instructors of the camp, class observation and analyzed the students’ portfolio using a scoring sheet adapted from Arnold (1991) and Tompkins (2004) which is designed for the native-speaking classrooms. It was found that the feedback provided to the students’ writing gave a significant impact and increased the students’ level of motivation in writing. Consequently, the findings revealed that the students showed the great enthusiasm and motivation to write in English even though some of them were lack of vocabulary and proficiency in English language. The participants responded well to the direct feedback that was constructive and formative given by the instructors (researcher) throughout the camp. The meaningful feedback provided encouraged and motivated them to write and produce good writing.

Nazifah Hamidun is with Department of International Languages (DIL),Centre for Communication Technology and Human Development, University Malaysia Perlis, No. 5 & 7, Jln. Kangar – Alor Setar, Taman Pengkalan Asam (e-mail: nazifahhamidun@unimap.edu.my)

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Cite: Nazifah Hamidun, Shafiq Hizwari Md Hashim, and Nur Farhinaa Othman, "Enhancing Students’ Motivation by Providing Feedback on Writing: The Case of International Students from Thailand," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 2, no. 6, pp. 591-594, 2012.

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