The Role of Metacognitive Strategies in Second Language Writing

S. Mekala, M. P. Shabitha, M. Ponmani


Abstract - Metacognition is defined as one’s own awareness of
the thought process; specifically it concerns the ability to
regulate the cognitive processes of the learners in their learning.
In the context of writing, it refers to ‘thinking about one’s own
writing’ or ‘awareness of one’s own writing processes. This
experimental study investigates the role of metacognitive strategies
in promoting effective English writing. The data was collected
from 27 Indian ESL learners using strategy questionnaire,
writing tasks and classroom observation. It is found that successful
employment of Metacognitive strategies facilitates to meet the
challenges in writing in producing comprehensive content. The
results of the differential and correlation analysis reveal that
the employment of effective metacognitive strategies has
significantly correlated with the development of writing skills.


Metacognitive strategies; Second language writing; Writing process

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