Scaffolding and Collaborative Writing Activities for Argumentative Essays in the ESL Class


This research took place at the Jorge Basadre Grohmann National University Language Center (CEID) in Tacna, Peru. Students of different ages attend this center to learn standard American English. I worked with 10 students from public schools and from the university aged 14 to 22. They were placed in the low-intermediate level, weekly attending 1 hour and 40 minutes of English language lessons. In this teaching practice, It was noticed that students experienced problems with their writing assignments. Consequently, the teacher decided to focus on teaching essay writing and followed an exploratory action research (EAR) process, which implies to stop and reflect about an issue, collect data, analyze it and action plan accordingly (Smith and Rebolledo, 2018).

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