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What is Essay

Exploring Contemporary English Language Education Practices
A short piece of writing on a specific topic or subject, structured with an introduction, body, and conclusion to provide information surrounding the topic and show the author’s opinions. In the context of L2 English education, essay writing is used to examine students’ writing proficiency.
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Difficulties in L2 English Essay Writing: A Case in Vietnam
An Nguyen Thi Thu (University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam)
Copyright: © 2024 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/979-8-3693-3294-8.ch002
Writing has been recognized as the most difficult skill for EFL learners and essay writing is one of the fundamental abilities that Vietnamese tertiary students are required to attain. This chapter aimed to investigate Vietnamese EFL learners' difficulties in learning English essay writing (EEW). It employed qualitative design using semi-structured interviews with 12 EFL learners studying EEW at several universities in Ho Chi Minh City. The findings show that the students encountered several major difficulties, such as inadequate sources of grammar and vocabulary, ineffective ideation and writing style, insufficient motivation and interest, poor planning and structure, and other issues during their EEW. Among those problems, learners found a lack of grammar and vocabulary sources and poor idea generation and writing style the most challenging. The findings from this study contribute to the literature on EFL teaching and learning in Vietnamese tertiary education in general and EEW in particular.
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Inclusion of Dyslexic Students in Heterogeneous Groups to Write Essays in a Virtual Environment
A discoursive genre that implies supporting a tesis based on a set of premises or arguments.
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