Academic Buddy Programme

What is Peer Feedback?

Feedback refers to the comments, questions, and suggestions a reader gives to a writer, which aims to help the writer in producing reader-friendly rather than writer-oriented writing (Flower, 1989).

Peer feedback is feedback given by a peer. A peer is a person of the same age, status, or ability as another specified person. In this programme, the peers are students.

The aim of this programme is to provide feedback in a collaborative, low-risk environment.

The Language Buddy (the student seeking assistance) can take on a more active role in the revision process, rather than passively waiting for the teacher’s guidance or corrections. This raises the importance of face to face meetings.

Peer feedback is beneficial to students in both short and long terms, and it is a collaborative activity involving students’ reading, critiquing and providing feedback to each other’s writing to develop stronger writing competences by means of mutual scaffolding in the long run (Tsui & Ng, 2000; Zhu, 2001).