What is it about?

In a writing classroom, students often practice peer reviews on their writing. Although some benefits of peer feedback/review have been reported, students tend to regard peer feedback/review as of little use. This study investigated whether/how peer reviews have effects on writing skills development.

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Why is it important?

The findings show that peer review has the effect on writing skills development of EFL high school students and has a different role than teacher feedback. It can not only motivate students to write a better text, but actually contribute to their improvement of writing performance. Therefore, incorporating peer feedback/review into a high school classroom has a potential to improve students' writing skills as well as reduce teachers' heavy workload.


I hope this article will encourage practitioners to adopt peer review in their classroom with the belief that doing this activity will actually lead their students to be better writers. Peer reviewing does not only influence students' affect but cognition in the process of writing and learning.

Noriko Kurihara
Okayama Daigaku

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This page is a summary of: Do Peer Reviews Help Improve Student Writing Abilities in an EFL High School Classroom?, TESOL Journal, August 2016, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/tesj.282.
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