Internet Use in EFL Writing Classes

The case of an Iranian University

Abstract

Aim. The present study seeks to investigate the effect of internet use on writing abilities of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students studying in an Iranian university. The students of the study have been advised to use the Internet while searching for collocations and new words. They were also told to use grammar checkers while writing essays in English. After a two months’ period, their writing papers had been corrected by two raters. Compared to scores they obtained before the class equipped with new technologies, the students obtained higher scores, showing that the Internet can be used in language learning especially in writing classes where students have difficulties in using native-like words and structures.

Methods. The participant of the present study were 28 Iranian university students studying ELT in an Iranian University in the capital Tehran. The students were divided into two classes consisting of 12 students in the experimental group and 16 students in the control group. The mean age of the students taking part in the study was 20. Additionally, according to a TOEFL iBT the level of the English proficiency of the students was 75. To put it other way, utilizing the test, the students were homogenized by the researchers of the study.


Results. The results of the study showed that the use of the Internet in EFL classes can boost the writing abilities of EFL learners. In other words, the writing of the students will be improved in case the check different collocations and grammatical points in the Internet.  Moreover, the use of grammar checker soft wares which can be found on the net can pave the way for EFL students to be better writers of English.

Conclusions. To conclude, this study suggests that the use of the Internet can be beneficial to EFL learners while improving their writing abilities which can be seen by many scholars studying different skills as important.

Author Biographies

Mohammad Amin Mozaheb, Department of Foreign Languages, Imam Sadiq University, Tehran, Iran

Mohammad Amin Mozaheb is the head of the Department of foreign languages and an assistant professor of Applied Linguistics/TEFL at Imam Sadiq University. He has published extensively in international journals. He has also presented papers at conferences in the US, Poland, Belgium, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the UAE. He has been selected as the distinguished professor for the second consecutive year at Imam Sadiq University, Tehran-Islamic Republic of Iran.

MOSTAFA SHAHIDITABAR, IMAM SADIQ UNIVERSITY

Mostafa Shahiditabar is a Lecturer at the Department of Foreign Languages at Imam Sadiq University, Tehran, Iran. He is also a PHD student at Allameh Tabatabai University, Tehran, Iran. He has published his articles in several international journals. He has also presented his papers in international conferences across the world. Research interests of the him include Intercultural Communication, World Englishes, and EIL. 

Published
2019-04-23
How to Cite
Mozaheb, M. A., & SHAHIDITABAR, M. (2019). Internet Use in EFL Writing Classes. E-Methodology, 5(5), 79-83. https://doi.org/10.15503/emet.v5i5.432
Section
“On the Internet” – Research