The Effect of Wh-Questions on the Quantity and Quality of Low-Level Achieving Students’ Paragraph Writing At the University Level

Faisal M. Khwaileh


Jordanian undergraduate students who learn English as a foreign language face many problems when learning the language especially in writing. This study investigates the effect of using Wh-question on the quantity and quality of low-level achieving students in writing. One hundred thirty students from different colleges took the introductory English course for beginners and wrote two paragraphs based on one of the units of the course, before and after they studied the unit. During the second writing task the students were provided with a set of wh-questions that they had to answer in order to make the paragraph. The results of the study showed that wh-question were more helpful in the qualitative aspects of writing than in the quantitative aspect.


Wh-questions, Paragraph Writing, Achievement, Tertiary Level.

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