CHOICE AND FORMULATION OF THE TOPIC IN THE FIVE-PARAGRAPH ESSAY AND QUALITY OF THE STUDENTS’ WRITTEN EXPRESSION IN RM
The aim of the paper is to examine whether the teachers contribute to the quality of the essay through teaching for the choice and formulation of the topic (in the secondary and higher education). Then, it examines whether the students have the required competencies to determine and formulate a topic for their essays, and offers a model which will guide the students toward the right choice and formulation of the topic and contribute the quality of the essay. The research has qualitative (content analysis) and quantitative paradigm as well as descriptive design. The sample comprises of 100 students that study at the Faculty of Education in Bitola and 100 students’ written assignments. The survey serves as an instrument for collecting the data for the students’ opinions regarding whether the teachers teach the students on how to determine and formulate the topic. The students’ written assignments serve for collecting data for the students’ competencies to determine and formulate the topic, before and after the teaching. The used methods are analysis, synthesis and comparison. The results from the research are overthrowing. The teacher in the secondary and the higher education do not teach on the choice and formulation of the topic. The students are not capable to choose and formulate the topic, thus the introduction of the model indicates its justification and shows increase in the students’ competencies. This leads to the quality of the written expression.