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Vlog-Based Multimodal Composing: Enhancing EFL Learners’ Writing Performance

School of Foreign Studies, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China
Guangzhou Datong Middle School, Guangzhou 510405, China
Qingyuan Overseas Chinese Middle School, Qingyuan 511515, China
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Academic Editors: Jenny Pange and Andrea Prati
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(20), 9655;
Received: 23 September 2021 / Revised: 3 October 2021 / Accepted: 10 October 2021 / Published: 16 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue ICT and Statistics in Education)
For most learners of English as a foreign language (EFL), there has long been a lack of effective opportunities to practice English writing skills. However, the recent development of social networking services (SNS) provides new possibilities for these learners to practice writing English in a meaningful way. Meanwhile, with the popularity of social media in language learning, writing is unnecessarily in the form of plain text, and multimodal composing based on text and additional modes such as audio, video or images has been a new form of writing activity instead. This study integrated SNS-based multimodal composing activities into secondary and higher education, with the aim of determining its effects on learners’ writing performance. Two classes in senior high school Grade 10 and four in college were recruited, three as the control groups without using SNS-based multimodal composing, and others as the experimental groups. While all classes’ writing performance improved between pretest and posttest, the gains in overall writing competence by experimental groups and the gains in three detailed aspects (readability, lexical complexity and syntactic complexity) by college students were significantly larger. Progress in detailed aspects, on the other hand, was different across different groups. These findings are discussed in relation to specific characteristics of multimodal composing and SNS-based learning that enables learners to improve writing performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: SNS; multimodal composing; writing; vlog SNS; multimodal composing; writing; vlog
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Xie, Q.; Liu, X.; Zhang, N.; Zhang, Q.; Jiang, X.; Wen, L. Vlog-Based Multimodal Composing: Enhancing EFL Learners’ Writing Performance. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 9655.

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Xie Q, Liu X, Zhang N, Zhang Q, Jiang X, Wen L. Vlog-Based Multimodal Composing: Enhancing EFL Learners’ Writing Performance. Applied Sciences. 2021; 11(20):9655.

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Xie, Qiuzhu, Xiaobin Liu, Nanyan Zhang, Qianqian Zhang, Xijuan Jiang, and Lijun Wen. 2021. "Vlog-Based Multimodal Composing: Enhancing EFL Learners’ Writing Performance" Applied Sciences 11, no. 20: 9655.

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