KATHRYN WELCH HU (ZHEJIANG NORMAL UNIVERSITY)

INTRODUCING PEER EDITING TO CHINESE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS : ELT INNOVATIVE PEDAGOGY

This research explores students’ and a teacher’s perceptions of peer editing being implemented for the first time in a particular EFL classroom. The research attempted to answer the question: What is the perceived effect of peer editing on freshmen non-English majors’ writing in a large College English class in China? Students were prepared for peer editing in a three-phase process of scaffolded activities, culminating with performing the writing process for a major writing assignment. Data was collected via a student survey and a research log of the teacher-researcher’s observations. The students were open to peer editing and ranked the lessons mostly useful and helpful, contradicting stereotypes of peer editing being unwelcome and ineffective in the Chinese context. While the students’ peer editing skills were not the level anticipated or desired by the teacher-researcher, the importance of the teacher’s role and his/her support was confirmed essential in the intercultural classroom.

Kathryn Welch Hu teaches English as a foreign language at Zhejiang Normal University in China. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in TESOL from Indiana Welseyan University and is now pursuing her Master's in TESOL at Azusa Pacific University. She has been teaching English in China for five years.