In Peer Response in Second Language Writing Classrooms, writing teachers will find a volume that provides access to the most relevant research on peer response and applies it to the L2 writing context. It also informs decisions on when, how, and why to use (or not to use) peer responding activities with multilingual writers.
Like much of the process writing approach, peer response activities have become commonplace in second language writing classrooms—despite the fact that research has not conclusively documented their usefulness. Liu and Hansen provide a balanced analysis of the pros and cons of peer response but argue that most unsuccessful attempts are due to a lack of proper training of "peers." They advocate for thoughtful, well-planned preparation of students for collaborative work and a sensitive, supportive teacher throughout the process.
Their solutions to many of the problems associated with peer response are offered in this volume. Handy checklists and forms are presented to aid teachers in conducting successful peer response activities.
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