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An Analysis of the Relationship among Teacher Feedback, Feedforward, and Grade on Swedish University Students’ Compositions in English as a Second Language
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Centrum för lärande, kultur och samhälle (CLKS).
2019 (English)In: Arab World English Journal, ISSN 2229-9327, E-ISSN 2229-9327, Vol. 10, no 3, p. 3-20Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the present study, with the aim of analyzing the relationship among teacher feedback, feedforward, and grade, the corrections and comments made by four experienced assessors on 187 compositions were under scrutiny. These essays were written by 56 Swedish university students studying English as a second language at three different educational levels. The results reveal that while there were clear links between mid-essay corrections/comments and grades given, the links between mid-essay corrections/comments and end comments were not only comparatively few, but less clear. Moreover, although valued highly in the research literature because of their ability to promote writing skills in an enhanced manner, there were more summative end comments than formative ones. The conclusion was, therefore, drawn that it is quite taxing for assessors, even for experienced ones, to produce connections that involve an alignment among a) mid-essay corrections/comments, b) end comments and c) grade that will, at the same time, promote students’ writing skills in accordance with what is suggested by the research literature. The assessors were, however, irrespective of grade given, attuned to the educational level at hand, focusing more on analytic aspects at the two lower levels, while taking a more holistic approach at the highest educational level. This may indicate that offering corrections/comments does not only entail a developmental journey for students, but for teachers too.

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Kuala Lumpur: Arab World English Journal , 2019. Vol. 10, no 3, p. 3-20
Keywords [en]
composition writing, feedback, feedforward, formative assessment, L2 English, Swedish University Students, summative assessment, teacher comments, teacher corrections, university level
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-41198DOI: 10.24093/awej/vol10no3.1ISI: 000496803000001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-41198DiVA, id: diva2:1376553
Available from: 2019-12-09 Created: 2019-12-09 Last updated: 2019-12-11Bibliographically approved

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