Journal of English Teaching through Movies and Media 2003;4(1):113-135.
Published online June 30, 2003.
The effects of Keypal activities on the development of letter writing ability
Young Ae Song
Keypal 활동이 영어편지 쓰기 능력에 미치는 영향
송영애
Abstract
This study examines the effects of the Keypal learning-module on children's English writing ability. The subjects in this study were two classes of fifth-grade students in "S" elementary school in Busan; one class was the experimental group, and the other, the control. The experimental group used the Keypal program in the computer classroom and the control group watched an English video once a week. After fifteen weeks of using the Keypal learning-module, the results of the pre- and post-test evaluations were analyzed for learning effects. The qualitative data was also analyzed to observe the change in the process of the Keypal learning-module. The analysis of the data suggests the following: the English writing training through the use of E-mail showed a significant improvement in writing ability. The analysis of the qualitative data gives the following results: Firstly, the more Keypal pre-activity that the subjects received, the better their performance in letter writing. Secondly, in the letter writing assignment, of the error patterns in the intermediate group, spelling errors were the most common, then sentence errors, and then punctuation. Thirdly, when reviewing the letter writing assignment, the children's reponses were indicative of having sufficient confidence to write an English letter, make foreign friends, and improve their English ability.


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