August 11, 2000 (Preliminary Report)

6.  Assignments
As stated above, a total of seven letter-writing assignments were given to the subjects in both groups. Each assignment was given in a case study method where a hypothetical case requiring a written message to deal with the given problem or situation is described and the students are asked to write the message the way they think is appropriate in each specific case. The topic of each assignment is as follows (all are business-related assignments except for Test 7): [3]

>> Data-driven Writing Project 2000 for Online Assignments

[3] All the case description and test instructions were given in Japanese. A printout of the online version of Test 1 is attached hereto for reference (See Appendix 3).
[4]  For the Control Group, the letter is addressed to the staff of the correspondence course in which the subjects are enrolled.


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