Enhancing Learning of ESL Speaking Skills through Peer Feedback

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This paper describes a study on the use of peer feedback in assessing speaking skills of a group of second-year teacher trainees in a Bachelor of Education program at a public university in Malaysia. The trainees were earlier trained in using peer feedback as a learning tool. Trainees were given a topic to discuss in small groups. Each member of a group is given a role to play in the group. All groups are given time to discuss the topic or issue before discussing as a group in front of the other students in class. As each group discusses the topic, every student in the class audience rated the presentation or speaking skills of each of the member of the group discussing the topic.Students also responded to a survey questionnaire on the use of peer feedback in learning presentation or speaking skills. Results provide implications for the teaching and learning of speaking skills in an ESL context.


Keywords: Peer Feedback, ESL, Speaking Skills, Teacher Trainees, Learning Tool
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Nooreiny Maarof

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education
Department of Methodology & Educational Practice
TESL Programme, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia)

Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Nooreiny Maarof is an associate professor at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Her area of specialization is in Multilingual/Multicultural Education (PhD, The Florida State University; BA English & MA TESOL -- Northern Illinois University, USA), in particular, in the field of teaching English as a Second Language. She has taught for more than twenty years at the faculty and has supervised research for both undergraduate and graduate students (MA and PhD). She once held the post of Deputy Dean at the Faculty of Language Studies and Faculty of Education (Graduate Studies). Her main research interest is in literacy issues related to ESL/EFL contexts. She has published her writings in refereed journals such as International Education journal, Internet TESL journal, MELTA journal, and other local and international language journals. She has also reviewed articles for international journals such as IJME and Reading in a Foreign Language and for a number of local refereed journals (e-Bangi, UKM publisher, USIM publisher, Open University Malaysia, among others.) She has conducted a number of research on reading, writing and assessment of language skills. She is currently conducting research at the national level on assessing teaching and learning mathematics and science in ESL in Malaysia.

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