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ERIC Number: EJ972911
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0218-8791
Criteria for Successfully Recruiting Online Peer-Tutors in Foreign Languages
Gabarre, Cecile; Gabarre, Serge
Asia Pacific Journal of Education, v32 n2 p197-223 2012
Informal discussions with final-year undergraduates majoring in French as a foreign language in a Malaysian public university revealed that they lacked confidence in their language proficiency. We believed that they needed some form of recognition and therefore developed a model of online peer-tutoring. In this study, nine final-year learners were selected to become online peer-tutors for 18 second-year learners. This article explains the selection procedure and the peer-tutoring model implemented in a reading and writing course. It also reviews the selection criteria based on the analysis of the peer-tutors' performances during the tutoring. The data consists of the results from online participation monitoring, self-reflective questionnaires and surveys. The findings were congruent with current research on peer-tutoring and validated the selection criteria (i.e., quantity of messages, quality of contributions, linguistic proficiency and accuracy of objectives). The peer-tutoring model was well received and benefited all participants. Its implementation revealed some traits in the tutor-tutee relationship specific to the Malaysian context. (Contains 3 tables and 18 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia