Peer review among students of Spanish as a heritage language: The effectiveness of a metalinguistic literacy task

Jill Jegerski, Estefanía Ponti

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Abstract

This empirical study examined the effectiveness of peer review with heritage speakers of Spanish and sought to determine what considerations should be taken into account when applying the peer review method with heritage student populations. Sixteen college-level students participated in a guided peer review and completed a post-activity questionnaire. Analysis of the peer review feedback, quantitative and qualitative analyses of the questionnaire responses, and an analysis of the textual characteristics of three essay drafts suggest that peer review can indeed be a valuable writing exercise for heritage language students. Specifically, the overall response was positive, there was evidence of student reflection on writing, and there were indications of independent vocabulary learning. Participants were able to provide mostly accurate feedback (87% overall), even on writing issues related to language use, though they did appear to be somewhat limited in their ability to identify informal language contact phenomena in their peers' essays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-82
Number of pages13
JournalLinguistics and Education
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014

Keywords

  • Heritage language
  • Heritage language instruction
  • Heritage language writing
  • Peer review
  • Spanish

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language

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