Teaching Tip: Peer Review

Rennert New York TESOL Center | TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification


Including Peer Editing in writing classes is something that many teachers find difficult to implement and many students resist. Before trying to include peer review in your writing lessons, make sure you have a strong group dynamic in your class. Often students are less resistant to peer review when they feel safe and comfortable with each other. To have effective peer review, your students need to trust each other. 

Another thing that helps get buy in from your students is to fully explain to them the benefits of this type of exercise. Removing the mystery behind using peer review can allow students to take control of their learning and educate them about effective writing strategies. Try brainstorming with them the benefits of doing it. Here are some ideas for you to include: 

  1. You develop the skill or awareness of ‘noticing’ other’s/ self errors.
  2. You learn about your mistakes
  3. You reflect on…

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