The Effectiveness of Internet-based Peer Feedback Training on Chinese EFL College Students' Writing Proficiency

The Effectiveness of Internet-based Peer Feedback Training on Chinese EFL College Students' Writing Proficiency

Jiahong Jiang (School of Foreign Language Studies, Anqing Teachers College, Anqing, Anhui, China) and Yibing Yu (School of Foreign Languages, Chizhou University, Chizhou, Anhui, China)
DOI: 10.4018/ijicte.2014070103
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Abstract

English writing, an indispensable skill in English learning, plays an important role in improving learners' language proficiency. With the wide spread and use of wired or wireless internet, EFL students can easily help and be helped with English writing. Therefore, the application of internet-based peer feedback training on writing to foreign or second language teaching and learning has opened up new possibilities for EFL students to improve their writing. Based on the theory of scaffolding and a computer-aided collaborative learning platform, the present study explored the effectiveness of internet-based PFT on 80-sampled Chinese EFL college students' writing error correction and their writing proficiency improvement. The findings of the study showed that 1) the internet-based PFT had positive effects on the improvement of EFL college students' writing, 2) compared with the more-proficient students, the less-proficient students made greater progress in their writing after the internet-based PFT on error correction and they became more capable of correcting both local errors and global errors, thus raising the quality of their writing error correction, 3) the more-proficient group showed no trust on the received peers' feedback because of the entrenched prejudice that their peers were incompetent for revising English writing.
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Peer Feedback And Writing Error Correction

In education, feedback is widely seen as crucial for both encouraging and consolidating learning (Vygotsky, 1978) and the significance has been recognized by researchers and teachers working in the field of second language writing or foreign language writing. In fact, feedback is “input from a reader to a writer with the effect of providing information to the writer for revision.” (Kellogg, et al. 2009)Thus, peer feedback is the practice of students’ discussing and commenting each others’ written work, which has been explored to be of great benefit for EFL students who are learning to write and learning to revise (Min, 2006).

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