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ERIC Number: EJ1101150
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1056-7941
Elementary EFL Students' Practice of Peer Assessment of Oral Classroom Activities
Hung, Yu-ju; Chen, Shu-cheng; Samuelson, Beth Lewis
TESOL Journal, v7 n2 p449-468 Jun 2016
Role-play is an oral classroom activity that has been promoted to provide young learners with opportunities to practice English in meaningful contexts. To familiarize elementary students with this group task, to encourage them to pay attention to their peers' performances, and to replace traditional paper-and-pencil modes of evaluating speaking tasks, an alternative group peer assessment (PA) was proposed in this action research implemented with 114 fourth-grade and fifth-grade students in four classes in an elementary school in southern Taiwan. Analyses of ratings and written comments of the teacher and peer groups, student survey, and teacher reflection showed PA served a possible approach to evaluate English learners' speaking performance. Students enjoyed and benefited from being empowered in their learning. Suggestions for future practice include emphasizing rationale for practicing PA, facilitating group discussions, explaining explicitly how to give and accept constructive comments, clarifying evaluation rubrics, and taking into account students' language abilities and learning styles.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 5; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan
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