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Storyboarding-based collaborative narratives on Google Docs: Fostering EFL learners’ writing fluency, syntactic complexity, and overall performance

Marwa Hafour https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2854-98181, & Al-Shaimaa M. Al-Rashidy2

1 Tanta University, EGYPT marwa.fatouh@edu.tanta.edu.eg
2 Tanta University, EGYPT elshimaa.elrashedy@edu.tanta.edu.eg

DOI: https://doi.org/10.29140/jaltcall.v16n3.393


Abstract

This study examined the impact of storyboarding- based collaborative narrative writing using Google Docs on EFL learners’ writing fluency, syntactic complexity, and overall performance. For this purpose, a cohort of 30 EFL college learners was selected and exposed to a nine-week intervention where they collaboratively wrote storyboarding-based narratives on Google Docs. This study adopted a pretest posttest quasi-experimental mixed-method design in which both quantitative (writing tests) and qualitative (reflection as well as group and self-evaluation cloud forms) data were collected and analyzed. Results of the study revealed significant differences between students’ pretest and posttest mean scores on writing fluency and overall writing performance with a large effect size. Conversely, there was no significant difference between their mean scores on syntactic complexity. Qualitative results showed that most students appreciated the storyboarding-based collaborative narrative writing activities on Google Docs and reported that they were of much benefit to them.



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Hafour, M.F., & Al-Rashidy, A.-S.M. (2020). Storyboarding-based collaborative narratives on Google Docs: Fostering EFL learners’ writing fluency, syntactic complexity, and overall performance. The JALT CALL Journal, 16(3), 123–146. https://doi.org/10.29140/jaltcall.v16n3.393


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