Online and Face-to-face Peer Review: Measures of Implementation ESL Writing Classes

| May 21, 2011
Title
Online and Face-to-face Peer Review: Measures of Implementation ESL Writing Classes

Keywords: Online Peer Review (OLPR), Face-to-face Peer Review (FFPR)

Authors
Mehrdad Moloudi
Islamic Azad University, Karaj, Iran

Bio Data
Mehrdad Moloudi, an Assistant Professor in TESL lecturing at Islamic Azad University and director of MLA Educational and Training Consultants (15222) in Iran, has taught English in several colleges and universities in Iran and in Malaysia since 1999. He has conducted several nationwide and some international workshops for teachers and learners in computer and network applications in teaching of ESL writing.

Abstract
This paper is an attempt based on the author s experience and feedback as an ESL teacher teaching Writing for Academic Purposes at Universiti Putra Malaysia. This paper reviews the theoretical background behind peer review in both Face-to-Face and Online formats. With the advent of the cutting-edge Internet technology,practitioners have presented intriguing techniques to improve efficacy of ESL learning. Online Peer Review (OLPR) is a modern peer review format which takes place in computer labs and participants can synchronously share a soft copy of their writings with their peers online in a networked computer lab to mediate with their peers about their writings. On the other hand, Face-to-face Peer Review (FFPR) is the conventional type of peer review which takes place in ordinary classrooms and participants take turns to discuss their writings face-to-face. In this paper, the pros and cons for OLPR and FFPR formats are presented and discussed as well as their implementation procedures in writing classes; furthermore, the teaching implications of peer review are shared with the readers

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Category: Teaching Articles, Volume 52