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ERIC Number: ED399766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Oct-19
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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EFL University Students' Perceptions of Their Performance in Peer Response Sessions.
Huang, Su-yueh
A study investigated university students' perceptions of the performance of peer evaluation groups in English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) writing instruction, and of their own performance within the group. Subjects were 45 Chinese freshmen in their first semester in the Mass Communications Department at a Taipei university (Taiwan), with 6 years of English instruction in high school. In groups of three, students responded to each other's first-draft compositions, read aloud by the writer. Communication was at first mostly in Chinese, then increasingly in English. In logs, students wrote about their contribution to the group, other members' contributions, and feelings about the group session. Log contents were analyzed for general and specific positive comments on language issues, content, pronunciation, and student participation in the group, and for negative comments on language-related and non-language-related issues. Results indicate that overall, students had a positive perception of how they and their peers performed in peer response sessions. Students had a more negative perception of their own participation than of others'. Grammar, word usage, and mechanics were primary concerns in the discussions, with content a secondary consideration. Most liked and felt they benefitted from the activities. Pedagogical implications of the findings are discussed, particularly concerning teacher expectations. Contains 32 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan