Peer Assessment of Adolescent Learners’ Writing Performance


  • Dina Tsagari University of Cyprus
  • Eleni Meletiadou University of Cyprus



peer assessment, writing performance, rating scale, assessor, assesse, secondary education, EFL writing


Peer assessment (PA), a process by which students' work (oral or written) is assessed by other students of equal status, has received a lot of attention recently (Assessment Reform Group, 1999, 2002). Using data collected from secondary schools in Cyprus, the current study investigates whether PA can improve the writing skills of adolescent students of English as a foreign language (EFL). The results showed that PA did have a positive impact on students’ writing performance, especially for students who provided peer assessment. The article discusses the important role of PA in the development of students’ writing skills and offers recommendations for the implementation of PA in EFL contexts.

Author Biographies

Dina Tsagari, University of Cyprus

Dina Tsagari is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English Studies, University of Cyprus, Cyprus. Her research interests include various aspects of language testing and assessment (teacher assessment literacy, test washback, methods of assessment), course and materials design, language teaching and learning aspects, adult and distance education. She is a language testing consultant for various well-known language examination boards, an editorial/advisory board member of international referee journals, conferences and publishing committees, the coordinator of the Classroom-based language assessment (CBLA) and Expert Member of EALTA. She has participated in various research projects in Greece, Cyprus, UK, USA and Hong Kong. She has published widely and presented in numerous local and international conferences.

Eleni Meletiadou, University of Cyprus

Eleni Meletiadou is currently a PhD Candidate in Applied Linguistics at the Department of English Studies, University of Cyprus. She has been working as an EFL teacher for more than 20 years in a variety of educational levels (primary, secondary schools, college and University) in both Cyprus and Greece. Her research interests include peer assessment, collaborative language learning and teacher training. She has disseminated her work through national and international conferences and in various local and international publications.


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Tsagari, D., & Meletiadou, E. (2015). Peer Assessment of Adolescent Learners’ Writing Performance. Writing & Pedagogy, 7(2-3), 305-328.



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