AbstractThe present study aimed to explore the integration of writing skills competency in the Grade VIII English
textbook prescribed by the Punjab textbook board. A content analysis was carried out in the backdrop of a
checklist based on the competencies and students' learning outcomes provided in the latest English National
Curriculum (2006), Pakistan. The writing competency was proposed to improve learners' writing skills. The study
employed a qualitative research design, and findings were analyzed thematically. In accordance with the
curriculum, students are expected to write keeping in mind transactional and interactional purposes as well as
descriptive, expository and narrative texts of language. But the findings are otherwise and unfolded that the
textbook understudy does not provide students with adequate opportunities to improve their writing skills.
Rather, writing skill was only found in the form of comprehension question exercises in which students merely
have to answer the questions.
1-Sana Baig Lecturer, Department of TESOL, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.2-Fareeha Javed Assistant Professor, Head of TESOL Department, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.3-Fasiha Altaf PhD Scholar, Institute of Education and Research, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.
KeywordsWriting Skills, National English Curriculum, Competency, Student Learning Outcomes, Grade VIII and English Textbook
Volume & IssueVI - II