VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2018

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Students’ Perception Towards Peer-assessment of Oral Presentation in an EFL Classroom
Ha Ngan Nguyen

Building: A11
Room: 2nd floor Reading Room-A11 Building
Date: 2018-10-12 02:00 PM – 02:45 PM
Last modified: 2018-09-16

Abstract


This research is aimed to figure out student’s perception towards the peer assessment activity of oral presentations in an English course for non-English majored students. There were 23 students taking the course and participating in both oral presentations and the peer assessing work. These activities were carried out throughout the semester of 10 weeks with one or two presentations each week. While presentations were performed in groups of three to four students, the assessment was done individually. Before each presentation, students were given a written evaluation sheet and completed it at the end. Besides, they had a chance to comment upon the performance directly in class after the presenting group finished their work. By using students’ responses to a survey as well as informal private interviews at the end of the semester, the study could determine the benefits and shortcomings of peer assessment. In general, the majority of students claimed that by having the opportunities to give and receive comments from classmates, they could both widen their knowledge and improve certain skills. It is emphasized that this is a meaningful and beneficial activity which students expected to do regularly in English courses. In addition, there are some suggestions to maximize the effectiveness of this activity in the next semesters.


Keywords


peer assessment, oral presentation, evaluation, motivation, EFL classroom