Improving English Language Learners’ Academic Writing: A Multi-Strategy Approach to a Multi-Dimensional Challenge

  • Nora Lucía Marulanda Ángel Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira
  • Juan Manuel Martinez García Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira
Keywords: Academic writing, peer review, tutoring, writing lab, systemized feedback, TOEFL practice, Process Approach


The demands of the academic field and the constraints students have while learning how to write appropriately call for better approaches to teach academic writing. This research study examines the effect of a multifaceted academic writing module on pre-service teachers’ composition skills in an English teacher preparation program at a medium sized public university in Colombia.  Four written samples from sixteen students were analyzed throughout the two academic periods of 2016. Analytical rubrics measured six writing features quantitatively. Results showed that this multifaceted academic writing module significantly improved pre-service teachers’ competences such as discourse, syntax, vocabulary, mechanics and language conventions.


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Author Biographies

Nora Lucía Marulanda Ángel, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira

Nora Lucía Marulanda Ángel, Ph.D. currently works as a full-time professor in the English Teacher Preparation Program at the Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira. She is also an adjunct professor in the Masters’ Program in English Didactics at the Universidad de Caldas. Dr. Marulanda has worked in the field of English language development, as a school teacher, administrator, university professor and educational consultant for over 25 years in Ohio, California and Colombia

Juan Manuel Martinez García, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira

Juan Manuel Martínez García is a senior student from the English Teacher Preparation Program at Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira where he directs a bilingual reading club. He currently works as a facilitator at Instituto de Lenguas Extranjeras (ILEX) and as the workshop coordinator of Little Stories, a non-profit initiative of reading promotion for children, conducted at Banco de la República library in Pereira. He is interested in the fields of bilingual literacy, second-language acquisition and pedagogy.


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How to Cite
Marulanda Ángel, N. L., & Martinez García, J. M. (2017). Improving English Language Learners’ Academic Writing: A Multi-Strategy Approach to a Multi-Dimensional Challenge. GiST Education and Learning Research Journal, (14), 49-67.