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Title: Enhancing Language Policy Implementation in Malaysian Classrooms Through the Use of Metacognitive Strategies in Writing Tasks
Authors: Mat, Nur Huslinda Dato' Che
Muhammad, Fadhili
Ishak, Mohd Syafarim Md
Hassan, Pauziah Mat
Keywords: metacognitive;instructor’s feedback
Issue Date: Nov-2013
Publisher: Faculty Language and Literature of Satya Wacana Christian University - Widya Sari Press
Abstract: In Malaysia the position of English is that of a Second Language. The aim of teaching it is to enable the learners to communicate effectively and efficiently in social and professional situations. One important factor which may contribute to successful language learning is learner strategies.This study aims to find out learners' use of Metacognitive strategies (MS) based on their responses to instructor's feedback on (i) mechanics (spellings & punctuations) (ii)grammar, (iii) vocabulary (iv) organisations and (v) content of their writing. 400 respondents participated in the study. They responded to a semi-structured questionnaire adapted from Cohen (1987).The results indicate that the learners used the elements of MS in their responses. Results of a Chi-Square test indicate that there is significant difference in the way the More Successful Learners (MSL) and Less Successful Learners (LSL) responded to their instructor's overall written feedback. The MSL show that they have the ability to monitor their own work and track the source of important errors.This suggests that MSL did monitor the development of their own writing but not the LSL group. By not going through the feedback for example on grammar or vocabulary, the LSL are not helping themselves to monitor their work , thus they are unable to identify errors, unable to track the source of errors as well as unable to eliminate errors. Therefore, the LSL group should be made aware of the importance of MS because if there is an increase in the use of the strategies, they will get the potential benefit in the development of their ability to become autonomous or self regulated learners
Description: The 7th International Seminar 2013 “Language Policy and Planning: What are the Issues?” Salatiga, November 20 – 21, 2013 ; p. 229 – 244
ISBN: 978-979-1098-46-3
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