Journal article

Pair versus individual writing: Effects on fluency, complexity and accuracy

Gillian Wigglesworth, Neomy Storch

LANGUAGE TESTING | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

The assessment of oral language is now quite commonly done in pairs or groups, and there is a growing body of research which investigates the related issues (e.g. May, 2007). Writing generally tends to be thought of as an individual activity, although a small number of studies have documented the advantages of collaboration in writing in the second language classroom (e.g. DiCamilla & Anton, 1997; Storch, 2005; Swain & Lapkin, 1998). Particularly in university contexts, group or pair assignments are widely used in many disciplines. In addition, collaborative writing could be used in second language classroom assessment contexts as formative assessment. However, research which compares texts ..

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