Undergraduates’ Experiences and Perceptions of a Problem-based Learning Approach in ESL Writing Classroom

https://doi.org/10.36892/ijlls.v2i1.144

Authors

  • Muhammad Mukhtar Aliyu Department of English and Literary Studies, Bauchi State University, Gadau
  • Mei Fung Yong Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Sabariah Md Rashid Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Vahid Nimehchisalem Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Keywords:

ESL classroom, experiences PBL, writing skills

Abstract

This study investigates Nigerian undergraduates’ experiences of a problem-based learning approach (PBL) in an ESL writing classroom. The study involves an intact class of second-year students (n=18) in an English Composition course. A questionnaire was used to collect data on the participants’ experiences and perceptions of PBL. Semi-structured interview and reflective journal were also employed to substantiate the quantitative data. The overall findings of the study show that the participants had positive experiences and perceptions. They had positive experiences and perception of the ill-structured problem, facilitation and problem-solving process. The findings also show that the approach had a positive impact on the participants’ writing skills as well as other language skills. Other pedagogical implications which would give insight for better implementation of the PBL approach are presented in the study.

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Author Biographies

Muhammad Mukhtar Aliyu, Department of English and Literary Studies, Bauchi State University, Gadau

Muhammad Mukhtar Aliyu is a lecturer in the Department of English and Literary Studies, Bauchi State University, Gadau, Nigeria. He earned his PhD in English and Applied Linguistics from Universiti Putra Malaysia. His research interests include applied linguistics, collaborative learning and ESL writing.

Mei Fung Yong, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Yong Mei Fung is a senior lecturer in the Department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia. She holds a PhD in Linguistics and Second Language Teaching from Massey University. New Zealand. Her research interests include collaborative writing, blended learning, learner autonomy, and research skill development.

Sabariah Md Rashid, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Sabariah Md Rashid is a senior lecturer in the Department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Vahid Nimehchisalem, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Vahid Nimehchisalem is also a senior lecturer in the Department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia.   

Published

2020-03-20

How to Cite

Aliyu, M. M., Yong, M. F., Md Rashid, S. ., & Nimehchisalem, V. . (2020). Undergraduates’ Experiences and Perceptions of a Problem-based Learning Approach in ESL Writing Classroom. International Journal of Language and Literary Studies, 2(1), 172–191. https://doi.org/10.36892/ijlls.v2i1.144

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