What do EFL Academic Writers Need from a Writing Center: Survey about Expectations and Perceptions
|關鍵字:||英語寫作諮詢;學術英文寫作;需求分析;English writing consultation;EFL academic writing;Needs Analysis|
In Taiwan, a number of university have set up writing centers in recent years to help EFL students develop skills in English academic writing. There is little research on how students make use of the writing consultation service and how they perceive its effectiveness. Thus, the purpose of this study is to investigate how EFL academic writers make use of the writing consultation service in terms of their writing difficulties and how they feel about the writing consultation. The present study aims to examine how EFL academic writers make use of the writing consultation service. Their perception of the role of an English writing consultation center, their consultation preferences in terms of different writing problems, their guidelines of choosing among writing consultants were all surveyed with a questionnaire. Instead of analyzing the data regarding frequency and percentage, the results were also further analyzed to investigate the differences in perception of different groups of writers. The self-designed questionnaire was administered to 55 graduate academic writers from an university in Northern Taiwan. The results indicate that EFL academic writers expected the English writing consultation to play a number of different roles in order to meet their various kind of writing difficulties. In fact, it was found that EFL academic writers are in desperate needs of linguist helps, especially help with word collocation. To make the writing academic-like and professional enough plays a significant role to this group of the writers. As for consultation styles, many of the participants favored a more indirective one for they wanted to be more active in their learning process so they can think more independently and thus become more independent writers. Also, the results indicate that the demographic background such as genders, major, and English-writing-course- taking experiences would influence their perceptions. Some important issues and implications regarding the role of English writing consultation center to EFL academic writers emerged from the study.