Self-Evaluation of Thai Adult Learners in English Writing Practice

Authors

ผศ.ดร.กษมา สุวรรณรักษ์

Published

3L: Language, Linguistics, Literature

Abstract

This research primarily aims to investigate how the Thai adult learners self-evaluate their English writing
performance in relation to the teacher’s evaluation and what the students and the teacher experience from the
evaluation practice. The participants were 32 Thai graduate students and a Thai English language teacher of
an EFL (English as a foreign language) writing course. The data were collected through student’s selfevaluation and teacher’s evaluation forms, writing tasks, and individual interviews. The qualitative data were
considered together with the quantitative data in order to gain the whole picture of the issue under
investigation. The findings revealed that the adult learners (or students) were able to self-evaluate their writing
performance. The goals set out in the course syllabus, concerning the students’ participation in writing process
and evaluating their writing, were practical and the students were well aware of what their performance levels
were. Having access to students’ self-evaluations also gave the teacher more useful information for judging
their learning achievement. This research highlights the importance of students’ self-evaluation as a real and
valid source of information for developing teaching EFL writing, and promoting the students to be autonomous
and lifelong learners. Implications are drawn regarding the independent learning goals and recommendations
for future research.

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