Peer editing: a strategic source in EFL students’ writing process

Corrección entre pares: una herramienta estratégica en el proceso de escritura de los estudiantes de inglés como lengua extranjera

  • Nubia Mercedes Díaz Galvis Externado Nacional Camilo Torres
Keywords: peer editing, writing process in EFL, scaffolding, revising, thinking, relationships (en_US)
Keywords: Edición entre pares, proceso de escritura en EFL, scaffolding, revisión, pensamiento, relaciones (es_ES)

Abstract (en_US)

This article reports on a research project focused on peer editing as a pedagogical tool to promote collaborative assessment in the EFL writing process. With teachers overstretched in the Bogotá public school system, a method needed to be found that would allow students to receive much needed feedback without overtaxing the teachers` resources. Peer editing, a phenomenon that often occurs naturally within the classroom, was therefore systematically implemented as a solution to the stated problem. The main aims of this study, conducted with a group of ninth grade student at a public school in Bogotá, were to determine the role of peer editing in the writing process and to characterize the relationships built when students corrected each others writings. The instruments used for collecting data were field notes, video recordings and students’ artifacts. The results showed that when students were engaged in peer editing sessions they created zones of proximal development in which high achiever students provided linguistic scaffolding and empowered low achievers. It was also found that students used thinking strategies such as noticing and explaining when they identified errors related to the formal aspects of the language.

Abstract (es_ES)

Este artículo reporta un proyecto de investigación que se centró en corrección entre pares como una herramienta pedagógica para promover la evaluación y colaboración durante el proceso de escritura en EFL. La sobrecarga de tareas y el número de estudiantes que tienen los docentes en las escuelas públicas de Bogotá dificulta la tarea de acompañamiento y de retroalimentación de los docentes en el proceso de escritura de sus estudiantes. La corrección entre pares, un fenómeno que ocurre de manera natural en el aula de clase, se implementó como una posible solución al problema de desarrollo de escritura mencionado. El propósito principal de este estudio con estudiantes de noveno grado en una escuela pública de Bogota fue determinar el rol de la corrección entre pares en el proceso de escritura y caracterizar las relaciones que se construyen entre ellos cuando se corrigen los escritos unos a otros. Los instrumentos utilizados para la recopilación de datos fueron notas de campo, grabaciones de video y las producciones escritas de los estudiantes. Los resultados mostraron que cuando los estudiantes fueron partícipes en pares de edición crearon zonas de desarrollo próximas en las cuales los alumnos de alto desempeño ayudaron a los alumnos de bajo desempeño. También se encontró que los estudiantes utilizaron estrategias de pensamiento cuando identificaron errores relacionados con los aspectos formales de la lengua.


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How to Cite
Díaz Galvis, N. M. (2010). Peer editing: a strategic source in EFL students’ writing process. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 12(1), 85-98.
Published: 2010-01-01
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