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Peer review thoughts
« on: February 08, 2017, 07:03:48 PM »
Writers who grew up in the States might be very familiar with peer review session in writing class, but students in an EFL context might not experience it at all in their countries. For example, Chinese students would not have peer review in an English class. This might be due to their unique cultural background and the teachers' teaching method.

However, students can benefit from peer review because it is a good opportunity to learn from each other. This also allows peer reviewers to read others' essays from the perspective of a reader, so that it might help themselves reread their own essays as a reader but not a writer. Peer reviewing is a collaborative learning process through which not only could students help their peers but also improve themselves. It also motivates students and creates more talk and interaction about writing.

To implement a peer review session in an EFL context, it would be dispensable and important to design an awareness raising activity if your students are not familiar with peer review. Teacher is supposed to introduce peer review to students, including the benefits of it and the process of it. Sometimes, it is also important to tell students what to look at during the peer review session so that students would take it seriously and take their peers' comments seriously.

Another important preparation would be an effective guideline for reviewers. This could be a list of important things you want students to look at. For example, "Is there a clear stance in the thesis statement?" "Are there sufficient supporting details in the body paragraphs?" The guideline could also be some tips including "Do not underline grammar mistakes."

With a detailed guideline, peer reviewers would better understand what they need to do.