Peer review in ESL writing : attitudes and cultural concerns

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dc.contributor.advisor Trechsel, Frank R. en_US Jiang, Wei en_US 2011-06-03T19:27:17Z 2011-06-03T19:27:17Z 2003 en_US 2003
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 2003 .J53 en_US
dc.description.abstract To investigate how Chinese ESL learners feel about the peer review process in oral and email-based modalities and how Chinese cultural barriers such as concerns about face saving and shyness might impact their learning attitudes, I taught an ESL writing course to collect data and write this dissertation. Tools for investigation I used included two identical peer review attitude questionnaires that were conducted at two occasions (at the beginning and the end of the course), a Peer Review Guideline and Sign Test.Many published studies on peer review focus on how to implement computer technology in the classroom, but ignore cultural impacts on ESL. The results of the Sign Test revealed that a large number of the students preferred to do oral and email comments in an indirect way, because they felt that they would need group harmony.It was noted that some students would like to receive email comments from their partner, not provide the comments to him/her, because commenting on his/her essay would hurt him/her. In many participants' view, teacher's reviews are more important than their partner's, since cultural barriers such as face saving and shyness prevented them from voicing their own opinion. The results also indicated that the students reacted favorably to the e-mail modality, although some of them still thought that it was a waste of time. Therefore, this modality did serve some students to allay their concerns about face-saving. In the study, a few students favored "anonymous" peer reviews, which could be achieved through email peer review. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent vi, 127 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh English language -- Style -- Study and teaching. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh English language -- Study and teaching -- Chinese speakers. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Chinese students -- Attitudes. en_US
dc.title Peer review in ESL writing : attitudes and cultural concerns en_US
dc.title.alternative Peer review in English as a second language writing en_US Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US
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