Chapter 7 Thai EFL learners' interaction during collaborative writing tasks and its relationship to text quality

Kim McDonough, William J. Crawford, Jindarat De Vleeschauwer

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Second language (L2) writing research has shown that L2 learners routinely scaffold each other when working together to co-construct written texts. The analysis of peer interaction has focused largely on the occurrence of languagerelated episodes (LREs), with fewer studies documenting how learners discuss other elements of written texts, such as their content or organization (Elola & Oskoz 2010; Storch 2005; Storch & Wigglesworth 2007; Wigglesworth & Storch 2009), or establishing a link between student interaction and text quality. This chapter describes the interaction that occurred when Thai EFL students worked in pairs to write summary and problem/solution paragraphs and explores whether their discussions were related to text quality in the form of analytic ratings. The results indicated that problem/solution collaborative writing tasks showed a positive relationship between student talk and text quality and elicited significantly more discussion of content, organization, and language than summary tasks. Implications are discussed in terms of pedagogical considerations for the use of collaborative writing tasks in EFL contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPeer Interaction and Second Language Learning Pedagogical potential and research agenda
EditorsMasatoshi Sato, Susan Ballinger
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9789027267177
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameLanguage Learning and Language Teaching
ISSN (Print)1569-9471

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language


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