The Effect of Conventional Tools and E-mail on Writing Anxiety of Iranian EFL Students

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Shiraz Azad University

Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to investigate the
effect of conventional tools (such as pen and paper) and e-mail on stu-
dents’ writing anxiety. To fulfill the goals of the research, sixty M.A.
students majoring teaching English at Shiraz Azad University partici-
pated in this study. The participants consisted of twenty-three males
and thirty-seven females. During the process which took place two
months, the students were taught advanced essay writing and each stu-
dent was asked to write one essay for every session. The students wrote
on papers and handed them to the instructor for the first month. After
going through the process of one month, writing anxiety questionnaire
was administered to collect the data to analyze the conventional tools.
Then they sent their essays to the instructor by e-mail during the fol-
lowing month and again writing anxiety questionnaire was administered
to collect the data to analyze using e-mail. The comparison of the con-
ventional and e-mail groups’ gain scores revealed that e-mail has the
potential in assisting students lower their anxiety toward writing.

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