Online reciprocal peer tutoring for the improvement of linguistic abilities in Spanish and English

David Duran, Silvia Blanch, Allen Thurston, Keith Topping

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    This paper reports data from an on-line peer tutoring project, the objective being the learning and improvement of the Spanish and English language. Pupils aged between 9 and 12 years old from Scotland and Catalonia were paired for the purpose of each pupil acting as a tutor of their own language within his or her pair. The aim was to improve the knowledge and use of their own language (by correcting their tutee) as well as the modern language (through the help of their tutor) acting as tutors and also as a tutees. The research combines a quasi-experimental design, using control groups, and in depth analysis of the process throughout the exchanges (texts and corrections) and interviews with the subjects. The results show that the degree of help offered by the tutors appears to be a very relevant factor when assessing the improvement detected in the linguistic abilities.

    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)209-222
    Number of pages14
    JournalInfancia y Aprendizaje
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - May 2010


    • Cooperative learning
    • learning languages
    • peer learning
    • information and communication technology (ICT) and peer tutoring

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