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Peer Reviewing Across the Atlantic Patterns and Trends in L1 and L2 Comments Made in an Asynchronous Online Collaborative Learning Exchange Between Technical Communication Students in Sweden and in the United States

Journal article
Authors Paul Anderson
Becky Bergman
Linda Bradley
Magnus Gustafsson
Aurora Matzke
Published in Journal of Business and Technical Communication
Volume 24
Issue 3
Pages 296-322
ISSN 1050-6519
Publication year 2010
Published at
Pages 296-322
Language en
Keywords globally networked learning environment, peer reviewing, second-language instruction, technical communication, intercultural communication
Subject categories Communication Studies


In a globally networked learning environment (GNLE), 16 students at a university in Sweden and 17 students at a university in the United States exchanged peer-review comments on drafts of assignments they prepared in English for their technical communication classes. The instructors of both sets of students had assigned the same projects and taught their courses in the same way that they had in the previous year, which contrasts with the common practice of having students in partnering courses work on the same assignment or on linked assignments created specifically for the GNLE. The authors coded the students' 816 comments according to their focus and orientation in order to investigate the possible differences between the comments made by the L2 students in Sweden and those made by the L1 (English as a second language) students in the United States, the possible impact of peer reviewing online, and the influence of the instructors' directions on the students' peer-reviewing behavior.

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