Volume 7, Issue 1 (3-2022)                   IJREE 2022, 7(1): 49-60 | Back to browse issues page

XML Persian Abstract Print

Download citation:
BibTeX | RIS | EndNote | Medlars | ProCite | Reference Manager | RefWorks
Send citation to:

Gholizadeh M, Taghipour Bazargani D. On the Impact of Literature Reading on Iranian Upper-intermediate Male and Female EFL Learners’ Creative Writing Ability. IJREE 2022; 7 (1)
URL: http://ijreeonline.com/article-1-633-en.html
Department of English Language, Rasht Branch, Islamic Azad University, Rasht, Iran
Abstract:   (1854 Views)
Since learners’ motivation and engagement have a considerable impact on learning a foreign language, the importance of humanizing the materials in today’s world of materials development is gaining much more attention. This study was designed to investigate the effectiveness of literature reading as one of the most important elements of humanizing the materials on Iranian upper-intermediate EFL learners’ creative writing ability. In so doing, 60 learners studying at Zehtaban English Institute in Rasht, with the age range of 19 to 23, were selected from among 160 participants based on their performance on a sample copy of QPT. The study employed a true-experimental design in which the participants were randomly assigned to two experimental groups and two control groups. First, a pretest of creative writing was administered. Then, the experimental groups received an eight-session treatment that was the instruction through literature reading. Meanwhile, the control groups received an eight-session placebo. A posttest of creative writing was then administered to all the participants. The use of two-way ANOVA revealed that the experimental groups with the treatment of instruction through literature reading outperformed the control groups in creative writing test scores. Based on the findings of the present study, all stakeholders, particularly materials developers and teachers are proposed to include literary texts in language teaching and learning materials so that remarkable opportunity for improving creative writing ability among learners would be provided.
Full-Text [PDF 577 kb]   (423 Downloads)    
Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special

1. Aghayani, B., & Janfeshan, K. (2020). The effect of self-directed learning on EFL learners' writing performance. International Journal of Research in English Education, 5(3), 78-89. http://ijreeonline.com/article-1-366-en.html [DOI:10.29252/ijree.5.3.78]
2. Bartan, Ö. Ş. (2017). The effect of reading short stories in improving foreign language writing skills. The Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 17(1), 59-74. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/315714627
3. Bastrukmen, H., & Lewis, M. (2002). Learner perspectives of success in an EAP writing course. Assessing Writing, 8(1), 31-46. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1075-2935(02)00032-6 [DOI:10.1016/S1075-2935(02)00032-6]
4. Behyar, M., & Nabilou, M. (2019). The combined effects of pre-task and careful online planning on EFL learners' written discourse. International Journal of Research in English Education, 4(4), 1-12. [DOI:10.29252/ijree.4.4.1]
5. http://ijreeonline.com/article-1-213-en.html
6. Berman, M. (1999). The teacher and the wound-ed healer. IATEFL Issues, 152, 2-5.
7. Bolourchi, A., & Soleimani, A. (2021). The impact of peer feedback on EFL learners' writing performance and writing anxiety. International Journal of Research in English Education, 6(1), 1-15. http://dx.doi.org/10.52547/ijree.6.1.1 [DOI:10.52547/ijree.6.1.1]
8. Carroli, P. (2008). Literature in second language education. London and New York: Continuum.
9. Custodio, B., & Sutton, M. (1998). Literature-based ESL for secondary school students. TESOL Journal, 7(5), 19-23. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ573712
10. Demir, T. (2013). Study of the relationship between the creative writing skills of primary school students and their self-efficacy perception. International Journal of Turkish Literature Culture Education, 2(1), 84-114.
11. Dörnyei, Z. (2007). Research methods in applied linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
12. Elhabiri, H. (2013). Teaching the writing skills through literary texts. A dissertation submitted in candidacy for the degree of 'Magister' in didactics of literary and civilization texts. University of Tlemcen.
13. Firdaus, F. A., & Mariyat, A. (2017). Humanistic approach in education according to Paulo Freire. At-Ta'dib, 12(2), 25-48. http://dx.doi.org/10.21111/at-tadib.v12i2.1264 [DOI:10.21111/at-tadib.v12i2.1264]
14. Frantzen, D. (2002). Rethinking foreign language literature: Towards an integration of literature and language at all levels. In V. Scott, & H. Tucker (Ed.), SLA and the literature classroom: Fostering dialogues (pp. 109-130). Boston: Heinle & Heinle.
15. Hashemi, M. R. (2014). Understanding research in applied linguistics. Tehran: SAMT Publication.
16. Hişmanoğlu, M. (2005). Teaching English through literature. Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies, 1(1), 53-66. https://www.jlls.org/index.php/jlls/article/view/6
17. Khodashenas, M. R., & Rakhshi, F. (2017). The effect of electronic portfolio assessment on the writing performance of Iranian EFL learners. International Journal of Research in English Education, 2(3), 67-77. http://ijreeonline.com/article-1-61-en.html [DOI:10.18869/acadpub.ijree.2.3.67]
18. MacKenzie, I. (2000). Institutionalized utterances, literature, and language teaching. Language and Literature, 9(1), 61-78. https://doi.org/10.1177/096394700000900105 [DOI:10.1177%2F096394700000900105]
19. McKay, S. (2001). Literature as content for ESL/EFL. In M. Celce-Murcia, (Ed.), Teaching English as a second or foreign language (pp. 319-332). Boston: Heinle & Heinle.
20. Movahedi, N., & Aghajanzadeh Kiasi, G. (2021). The effect of teacher vs. learner assessment activities on the Iranian intermediate EFL learners' writing ability. International Journal of Research in English Education, 6(1), 49-63. http://dx.doi.org/10.52547/ijree.6.1.49 [DOI:10.52547/ijree.6.1.49]
21. Pawliczak, J. (2015). Creative writing as a best way to improve writing skills of students. Sino-Us English Teaching, 12(5), 347-352. doi:10.17265/1539-8072/2015.05.004 [DOI:10.17265/1539-8072/2015.05.004]
22. Rao, Z. (2007). Training in brainstorming and developing writing skills. ELT Journal, 61(2), 100-106. [DOI:10.1093/elt/ccm002]
23. Richards, J. C., & Renandya, W. A. (2002). Methodology in language teaching: An anthology of current [DOI:10.1017/CBO9780511667190]
24. practice. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
25. Savvidou, C. (2004). An integrated approach to the teaching of literature in the EFL classroom. The Internet TESL Journal, 10(12). http://iteslj.org/Techniques/Savvidou-Literature.html
26. Stern, S. L. (2001). An integrated approach to literature in ESL/EFL. In M. Celce-Murcia (Ed.), Teaching English as a second or foreign language (pp. 328-346). Boston: Heinle & Heinle.
27. Tavanapour, S., & Chalk, A. (2021). Impact of inquiry learning method on the grammatical accuracy of Iranian EFL learners' writing. International Journal of Research in English Education, 6(3), 87-95. http://dx.doi.org/10.52547/ijree.6.3.86 [DOI:10.52547/ijree.6.3.86]
28. Tayebipour, F. (2009). In defense of teaching literature to EFL students in the era of globalization. In R. R. L. J. Zhang (Ed.), Englishes and literatures-in-English in a globalized world: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on English in Southeast Asia. (pp. 213-219). Singapore: National Institute of Education.
29. Tomlinson, B. (1994). Openings: An introduction to literature. London: Penguin English.
30. Tomlinson, B. (2001). Connecting the mind: A multi-dimensional approach to teaching language through literature. The English Teacher, 4(2), 104-114. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ648999
31. Tomlinson, B. (2003). Developing materials for language teaching. London: Continuum Press.
32. Tomlinson, B. (2008). Humanizing an EAP coursebook. Humanizing Language Teaching, 10(2). http://old.hltmag.co.uk/apr08/sart01.htm
33. Tomlinson, B. (2010). Principles and procedures of materials development. In N. Harwood (Ed.), Materials in ELT: Theory and practice (pp. 135-150). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
34. Tomlinson, B. (2013). Developing materials for language teaching. London: Bloomsbury.
35. Vandrick, S. (2003). Literature in the teaching of second language composition. In B. Kroll (Ed.), Exploring the dynamics of second language writing (pp. 263-283). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [DOI:10.1017/CBO9781139524810.017]
36. Yoshimura, F. (2009). Effects of connecting reading and writing and a checklist to guide the reading process on EFL learners' learning about English writing. Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, 1(1), 1871-1883. [DOI:10.1016/j.sbspro.2009.01.330]
37. Zarearsanjani, L., & Fakhraee Faruji, L. (2021). The effect of unfocused versus focused metalinguistic feedback on the Iranian EFL learners' use of dependent clauses in writing. International Journal of Research in English Education, 6(2), 52-70. http://dx.doi.org/10.52547/ijree.6.2.52 [DOI:10.52547/ijree.6.2.52]

Add your comments about this article : Your username or Email:

Send email to the article author

Rights and permissions
Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

© 2024 CC BY-NC 4.0 | International Journal of Research in English Education

Designed & Developed by : Yektaweb