Peer Assessment in EFL Writing Classes: Investigating Kurdish Students’ Attitudes


Peer Assessment in EFL Writing Classes: Investigating Kurdish Students’ Attitudes
Qismat M. Zahawi 
College of Basic Education, Salahaddin University-Erbil

Abstract

Peer assessment refers to students assessing their peers' work and providing grades and/or feedback. This study investigates Kurdish EFL students' attitudes toward peer assessment. To this end, the peer assessment technique will be utilised in teaching academic writing to second-year students in the English Department, College of Basic Education. Participants will be trained on how to assess their peers' writing by using Jacobs et al  's (1981) writing scale as a descriptor grading model. This scale provides five subscales for evaluating a written paragraph, namely: content, organization, vocabulary, language use, and mechanics. After implementing this model for 16 weeks, the students have shown positive attitudes toward implementing peer assessment in their writing classes as a practical assessment technique.

Keywords: Peer assessment, Assessing writing, EFL classes

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