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Dita Surwanti

Last modified: 2020-10-22


Academic writing is different from other types of writing because it requires the understanding of the academic knowledge, methods, and practices. It is not easy to learn academic writing especially during the online class. Thus, this research aims at figuring out the students’ challenges in the academic writing online class. This research attempts to answer the following questions: “What are the challenges or problems that the students experience in the academic writing online class?” The applied method in this research was case study. This research was conducted in the English Education Department of Universitas Sarjanawiyata Tamansiswa in the even semester academic year 2019/2020. The data were gathered from 78 students from four classes of Writing for Professional Context course. The results of the research shown that the challenges experienced by the students in academic writing online class could be categorized into two main categories; writing techniques and   content writing. The writing technique challenges were quoting, paraphrasing, searching and writing references. While the challenges in content writing were formulating research topic and title, formulating research question(s), developing arguments and ideas, writing review of related studies, and conceptualizing research design and instruments.


academic writing; online class; students’ challenges


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