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Resources on student interaction in the ESL writing classroom
« on: February 07, 2012, 12:58:55 PM »


The following resources deal with student interaction in the ESL writing classroom. 



Bell, Using Peer Response Groups in ESL Writing Classes (1991).
Bell describes his own method of using peer groups in the ESL writing classroom.


Carson and Nelson, Chinese students' perceptions of ESL peer response group interaction (1996).
The authors' study indicated "that the Chinese students' primary goal for the groups was social—to maintain group harmony—and that this goal affected the nature and types of interaction they allowed themselves in group discussions. The Chinese students were reluctant to initiate comments and, when they did, monitored themselves carefully so as not to precipitate conflict within the group. This self-monitoring led them to avoid criticism of peers' work and to avoid disagreeing with comments about peers' or their own writing."



Hu, Using Peer Review with Chinese ESL Student Writers (2005).
Hu describes the use of peer review in an academic writing course for Chinese ESL learners.

Kohn and Vajda, Peer Review Negotiations: Revision Activities in ESL Writing Instruction (1975).
The authors argue for small group interaction in the ESL classroom.  Though their conclusions are largely taken for granted today, it still seems worthwhile to read their rationale.