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ERIC Number: EJ936915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1578-7044
The Impact of Computer-Based Feedback on Students' Written Work
El-Ebyary, Khaled; Windeatt, Scott
International Journal of English Studies, v10 n2 p121-142 2010
InWhile research in second language writing suggests that instructor feedback can have a positive influence on students' written work, the provision of such feedback on a regular basis can be problematic, especially with larger student numbers. A number of computer programs that claim to provide both automatic computer-based holistic scores and computer-based feedback (CBF) on written work are available and therefore have the potential to deal with this issue. "Criterion" is one such tool that claims to be able to provide automated feedback at word, sentence, paragraph and text level, but there is still a need for more research into the practical value of providing feedback on L2 writing. Quantitative and qualitative data about feedback practice was collected from 31 instructors and 549 Egyptian trainee EFL teachers using pre-treatment questionnaires, interviews and focus groups. 24 of the trainees then received computer-based feedback using "Criterion" on two drafts of essays submitted on each of 4 topics. Data recorded by the software suggested a positive effect on the quality of students' second drafts and subsequent submissions, and post-treatment questionnaires, interviews and focus groups showed a positive effect on the students' attitudes towards feedback. (Contains 5 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Egypt; United Kingdom