International on-line reciprocal peer tutoring to promote modern language development in primary schools

Allen Thurston, David Duran, Erika Cunningham, Silvia Blanch, Keith Topping

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    The paper reports data from an on-line peer tutoring project. In the project 78, 9-12-year-old students from Scotland and Catalonia peer tutored each other in English and Spanish via a managed on-line environment. Significant gains in first language (Catalonian pupils) modern language (Scottish pupils) and attitudes towards modern languages (both Catalonian and Scottish pupils) were reported for the experimental group as compared to the control group. Results indicated that pupils tutored each other in using Piagetian techniques of error correction during the project. Error correction provided by tutors to tutees focussed on morph syntaxys, more specifically the correction of verbs. Peer support provided via the on-line environment was predominantly based on the tutor giving the right answer to the tutee. High rates of impact on tutee corrected messages were observed. The implications for peer tutoring initiative taking place via on-line environments are discussed. Implications for policy and practice are explored. c2009 Elsevier Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)462-472
    Number of pages11
    JournalComputers & Education
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2009


    • Computer-mediated communication
    • Cooperative/collaborative learning
    • Elementary education
    • Improving classroom teaching
    • Teaching/learning strategies
    • Peer tutoring
    • Information and communication technology (ICT)


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