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Bee Tan

Doctor of Philosophy, (English Studies)
Study Completed: 2007
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
On-line Writing Laboratories and their application to ASEAN countries

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Ms Tan’s research focused on the applications of writing centres and online writing labs in tertiary education. In establishing the applicability of writing centres and online writing labs to ESL tertiary students in Malaysia, Ms Tan analysed thematic investigations on writing centres and online writing labs, ESL students and writing in English for Academic Purposes, and innovations in tertiary education; she also conducted a case study on the status of English in Malaysia, and completed a survey on the writing needs and writing support in English at a Malaysian university. These five investigations culminated in the formulation of a conceptual framework for the ESL writing centre approach and an action plan to implement the approach. The essence of the writing centre approach is in the application of writing centres as writing pedagogy, learner support and an immersive language learning environment.

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