Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 10. Number 1. March 2019                                      Pp 105- 115
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol10no1.10

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The Effect of Using Peer Assessment Training on Writing Performance among Arab EFL
High School Students in Malaysia
 

 Abdallah Mohammad Salem Almahasneh
Centre for Fundamental and Liberal Education
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia  

Samsiah Abdul- Hamid
Centre for Fundamental and Liberal Education
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia

 

Abstract:
Peer assessment training has appeared as potential new tools for enhancing Arab English as foreign language (EFL) high school students on writing performance. The purpose of this research was to investigate the effect of using peer assessment training on writing performance among Arab EFL high school students. One hundred and twenty students aged fifteen and sixteen years old participated in this study with an equal number of male and female students. The students were from two Arab high schools in Malaysia. This study employed a quasi-experimental research design. Data was collected using Analytical Marking Scale (Alderson, et al., 1995) to assess student’s writing performance in the pretest and posttest. The result of this study shows that there is a significant difference in the writing performances between the experimental and control groups at P < 0.001. The findings suggests that students who have been exposed to peer assessment training write a better draft compared with those students who were only given conventional training in writing an essay, and without the benefit of peer feedback.
Keywords: Arab EFL, peer assessment, writing performance

Cite as:  Almahasneh, A.M.S., & Abdul- Hamid, S.  (2019). The Effect of Using Peer Assessment Training on Writing Performance among Arab EFL High School Students in Malaysia. Arab World English Journal, 10 (1)105-115.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol10no1.10

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Abdallah Almahasneh is phD candidate at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. He holds a M.Sc in
applied linguistics from universitit Malaysia Terengganu and a lecturer at university of Tabuk in
Saudi Arabia. His research interest includes fields in language linguistics. ORCid ID:
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6307-9762