Looking into the Paper vs. Computer Mode of the IELTS Academic Writing Module

Document Type : Original Article


1 PhD Candidate of TEFL, Shiraz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shiraz, Iran

2 Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics, Shiraz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shiraz, Iran


The current study investigated whether EFL learners performed differently in the paper and computer modes of the IELTS academic writing module in terms of task response/achievement, coherence/cohesion, lexical resource, and grammatical range and accuracy. In addition, it explored whether the candidates’ computer familiarity was different in paper and computer mode groups. To this end, 108 candidates were selected out of 144 based on the Oxford Placement Test (OPT) results in the University of Tehran, Iran. To gather the data, a retired IELTS academic writing sample and a computer familiarity questionnaire were administered. The participants were divided into two equal groups. In the Paper Mode (PM) group, the students were given the test to write in the conventional paper mode. In the other Computer Mode (CM) group, the students were given the same test but were asked to type the test in the computer provided for them in their class. Also, all the participants took the computer familiarity questionnaire. The gathered data were analyzed and the findings revealed significant differences between paper-based and computer-based modes in both writing tasks. Moreover, the questionnaire analysis showed the impact of the candidates’ computer familiarity on their writing performance.


Article Title [فارسی]

مطالعه تطبیقی آزمون نوشتاری آکادمیک آیلتس در حالت کاغذی در مقابل حالت کامپیوتر در میان داوطلبان ایرانی آیلتس در دانشگاه تهران

Author [فارسی]

  • مهدی دست پاک 1
1 دانشجوی دکتری آموزش زبان انگلیسی دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی واحد شیراز
2 استادیار آموزش زبان انگلیسی دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی واحد شیراز
Abstract [فارسی]

 مطالعه حاضر تلاشی برای بررسی این موضوع بود که آیا زبان آموزان از نظر پاسخ / موفقیت در تکلیف ، انسجام / ارتباط ، منبع واژگانی ، دامنه دستوری و دقت در آزمون نوشتن در سیستم بین المللی تست زبان انگلیسی عملکرد متفاوتی دارند. علاوه بر این ، بررسی شد که آیا آشنایی رایانه ای دانشجویان در گروه های کاغذی و رایانه ای متفاوت است. برای این منظور ، از مجموع 144 داوطلب ، تعداد 108 داوطلب براساس نتایج آزمون آکسفورد در دانشگاه تهران ، ایران انتخاب شدند. برای جمع آوری داده ها ، یک نمونه نوشتن آکادمیک بازنشسته آیلتس و یک پرسشنامه آشنایی با رایانه استفاده شد. شرکت کنندگان به دو گروه مساوی تقسیم شدند. در گروه کاغذی ، برای نوشتن در حالت معمول کاغذ به دانش آموزان داده شد. در گروه حالت رایانه ، آزمون مشابهی به دانشجویان داده شد. با این حال ، از آنها خواسته شد تا آزمون را در رایانه ای که در کلاس خود برای آنها در نظر گرفته شده بود تایپ کنند. همچنین ،به کلیه شرکت کنندگان پرسشنامه آشنایی با رایانه داده شد. داده های جمع آوری شده از طریق آزمون تی تست مستقل مورد تجزیه و تحلیل قرار گرفت. این یافته ها تفاوت معناداری بین حالت های کاغذی و رایانه ای در هر دو تکلیف 1 و 2 نوشتن نشان داد. علاوه بر این ، تحلیل پرسشنامه تأثیر آشنایی رایانه ای داوطلبان بر عملکرد نوشتن آنها را نشان داد.

Keywords [فارسی]

  • آزمون نوشتن رقابتی
  • حالت کاغذی
  • حالت کامپیوتری
  • آشنایی با رایانه
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