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Reading & Writing

On-line version ISSN 2308-1422
Print version ISSN 2079-8245


MATHURA, Shivona  and  ZULU, Free-Queen B.. Using flashcards for English second language creative writing in Grade 1. Reading & Writing [online]. 2021, vol.12, n.1, pp.1-8. ISSN 2308-1422.

BACKGROUND: English Second Language (ESL) learners have difficulty constructing sentences due to internalising information in their home language and thereafter translating it into English. Learners who have difficulty speaking English generally encounter problems writing it, which hampers their creative writing abilityOBJECTIVES: The purpose of the research was to identify a teaching strategy to facilitate ESL learners with creative writing. This study explored the influence of flashcards on the creative writing skills of Grade 1 ESL learners and improved the researchers' teaching practiceMETHOD: This qualitative study depicted an action research design and utilised an inductive approach to data analysis. Convenience sampling was used when selecting the participants who were 31 Grade 1 learners in a school in Pietermaritzburg. The flashcards were used during the implementation stage of the action research process as an intervention to enhance learners' creative writing skillsFINDINGS: The findings indicate that learners who participated in the study had improved in their written assessments. There were three themes identified, which included misspelt words, incorrect use of tenses and ungrammatical sentence construction. Flashcards revealed the correct sentence writing techniques by depicting sentences. Learners' written pieces were more logical and they participated actively during lessons. This enhanced the researcher's teaching practice, which catered to both visual and auditory learnersCONCLUSION: The findings suggest that the use of flashcards had a positive effect on ESL learners' creative writing skills. This encouraged participatory teaching and learning, which can be of benefit to many teachers seeking to engage learners using alternate learning styles

Keywords : visual aids; language development; sentence construction; language of learning and teaching; English Second Language.

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