Paragraph Writing Efficacy among Yemeni EFL University Learners
The present study aims to explore the competency of Yemeni English as foreign language (EFL, henceforth) university learners in the construction of well-organised and well-formed paragraphs in which the basic components: the topic sentence, the bridge sentence, the supporting ideas for the topic sentence and the restatement sentence (conclusion) are included in their paragraphs. The study recruited 37 EFL learners who were enrolled in level two in the B. Ed. programme in the Department of English Language, Faculty of Education, Thamar University Yemen. Paragraph writing test was utilised as an instrument for data collection. The results revealed that the inclusion of paragraph component parts, except for the bridge sentence, by Yemeni EFL learners while developing paragraphs was high. However, those learners encountered a great difficulty in constructing well-formed sentences in all the paragraph component parts. The study offers some remedial procedures that are inferred from the instructors' experience in teaching the course of writing and supported by the results of the study data. These remedies are offered as suggestions that would be applicable and would improve paragraph writing among EFL learners when taught explicitly and comprehensively.
Keywords: paragraph writing; topic sentence; bridge sentence; supporting ideas; conclusion; Yemeni EFL learners