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ERIC Number: ED558098
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Saudi Students' Reactions to Peer Response Groups in EFL Composition Classrooms
Alqurashi, Fahad
Online Submission, Journal of King Saud University--Languages and Translation v21 p57-67 2009
The aim of the present research was to investigate how Saudi college students would respond to peer response techniques introduced in composition classrooms. The study was conducted over two consecutive semesters, namely the Fall 2005 and Spring 2006. Throughout the two semesters students were grouped in small groups of three, required to look at each other's work and comment on one another's writing. At the end of the second semester, 24 students responded to a four-point survey. Results of the survey showed that most students thought their English writing skills improved as a result of studying writing as a process. In addition, most students had positive attitudes toward both giving and receiving comments and advice from peer writers. Moreover, most students mentioned they changed their texts because of opinions and suggestions from peers. Such positive attitudes reflect the need to update composition teaching methods and foster group work strategies in composition classrooms in Saudi Arabia. Students' answers to the four-question survey are appended.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia