The Effectiveness of Scaffolding in Learning Punctuation for Primary Level EFL Students: Action Research in Pakistan
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The aim of this action research project is to discover the effectiveness of scaffolding in learning punctuation marks for better writing skills at the primary Grade 5 level in my school. The action research is also being conducted to bring changes in my own teaching practices for better quality teaching. For the purposes of the investigation, I divided Grade 5 into two main groups which were experimental and control. The control group was not provided the scaffolding during class activities, and they were supposed to get assistance from peers only. On the other hand, the experimental group was provided proper scaffolding during different individual or group tasks until they became autonomous. A pre-test and post-test were conducted to investigate the effect of scaffolding. The results showed that scaffolding helped the learners to acquire knowledge of punctuation marks. The research has some implications in providing training to teachers about scaffolding with punctuation to achieve better results in EFL classroom situations.