Teachers’ Perceptions of Developing Writing Skills in the EFL Classroom

  • Lisjeta Thaqi Jashari University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Mateja Dagarin Fojkar University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Keywords: teachers' perceptions, writing skills, EFL students, learning strategies

Abstract

Despite the fact that English is taught as a foreign language in schools from an early age, students often face difficulties when it comes to the development of their writing skills. This paper aims at exploring teachers’ perceptions regarding the development of the writing skills of elementary and secondary school EFL learners. Altogether, 85 Kosovar teachers were included in the survey. Even though the teachers believe that writing is important, they do not give the same emphasis to developing it as to other skills. According to their responses, some common difficulties learners experience while writing are a lack of vocabulary, writing anxiety, lack of ideas, mother tongue interference, grammar difficulties, weak structure organization and poor spelling. The teachers suggest that these difficulties might stem from a lack of reading and writing practice, ineffective teaching methods and low motivation for writing. We recommend various actions, such as teacher development courses to help them acquire more effective strategies of teaching writing, increased writing practice in the classroom, and the use of different learning strategies to meet all students’ needs.

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Published
2019-12-12
How to Cite
Thaqi JashariL., & Dagarin FojkarM. (2019). Teachers’ Perceptions of Developing Writing Skills in the EFL Classroom. ELOPE: English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries, 16(2), 77-90. https://doi.org/10.4312/elope.16.2.77-90
Section
English Language and Literature Teaching