Effectiveness of Organised E-mail Exchanges and Online Reading/Writing on College Students’ Literacy Development and their Attitudes towards English: A Study from Saudi Arabia

| March 21, 2011
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Effectiveness of Organised E-mail Exchanges and Online Reading/Writing on College Students Literacy Development and their Attitudes towards English: A Study from Saudi Arabia

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Dr Mohammed Zaid
King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia

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Mohammed A. Zaid is an associate professor of applied linguistics in the College of Languages and Translation, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia. He obtained his MA and PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. He has published research in the USA, UK, Germany, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. His research interests include L acquisition, language teaching technology, reading, language and culture.

Abstract
Being a quasi-experimental study, this study explored the effectiveness of organised email exchanges and online reading utilising webquests on developing reading and writing of college students. The study explored the effectiveness of organised emailing and webquesting on college students attitudes towards learning English in a Saudi university. The underlying premise is that e-learning can assist foreign language students in their progress in reading and writing. The study employed a four-stage model integrating organised emails and webquests in an inquiry-based learning approach. Findings indicate that the model is effective in ameliorating reading and writing of college students, especially when integrated with collaborative learning, all in a problemsolving inquiry-based learning environment. Findings also indicated improved attitudes towards English upon utilising this collaborative, enquiry-based learning model.

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Category: Quarterly Journal, Volume 13 Issue 1