Tuesday 8 November 2011

Quick Tip: Use Peer Editing in the ESL and EFL Classroom

More and more teachers are using the writing process to teach writing in the EFL and ESL classrooms. If you start teaching young learners about the writing process it'll become much easier for them when they have to write paragraphs and essays in the future.

Part of the writing process involves editing.  There are usually three types: self, peer, and teacher.

Using rubrics or checklists can help students use peer editing successfully in class.  Make sure students take it seriously and not just say that everything's ok. They should take time to proofread (checking for mistakes) and edit (making it better) it. One way to do this is to give students a grade for proofreading and editing another student's work.

Next time you do writing in class, be sure to give peer editing a try.  It helps both the student editing and the one receiving the feedback.

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