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ERIC Number: ED389210
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May-23
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Improving Writing for International Business through Peer Reviews.
Jones, Nathan B.
This article reviews the development of interactive business letters as a form of peer review of writing, presents the activities's general operation, and discusses its benefits by presenting examples of actual student peer reviews from the International Trade Institute graduate school in Taiwan. Rather than have students read and critique each other's work using peer review sheets, this English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) teacher in Taiwan had students assume the roles of players actively involved in a written, business negotiation. Throughout the game, the teacher would read, respond to, and evaluate the correspondence to balance peer responses with instructor feedback. Results revealed that student interactive letters injected a strong element of realism into the peer review process; that students received peer feedback from at least two readers; and that, because of the international student body at the school, students were exposed to different cultural interpretations of their written letters. By using the game approach, students received feedback on their writing through unpredictable, real-world social interaction rather than uninterested, obligatory student peer reviews. (Contains 12 references.) (Author/NAV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Malaysian English Language Teaching Association Biennial International Conference (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, May 23, 1995).