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Title: Raising university students’ awareness of Automated Writing Evaluation tools in the English as a Foreign Language writing classroom to promote uptake of feedback and learner autonomy
Author: Schlosser, Matthew  
Tutor: Ament, Jennifer Rose  
Others: granena, gisela  
Abstract: If EFL students are expected to improve their writing over the course of a term at university, they must be provided with formative assessment opportunities; when it comes to writing, this involves establishing multi-step feedback loops that allow learners to respond to instructor’s feedback, rewrite and resubmit for further feedback. Providing truly effective feedback of this nature has been proven to help improve students’ writing scores, but it also requires more commitment from instructors, both in terms of effort and time, the latter of which is often lacking, especially in a university context. Incorporating Automatic Writing Evaluation (AWE) tools may be part of the solution to this problem; this Final Master’s Project (FMP) puts forward the notion that AWE tools, when incorporated effectively in the university EFL classroom, can help instructors establish feedback loops as they provide students with a kind of initial proofreader that can clean up some of their more mechanical errors. In this FMP, first-and-second-year university students are introduced to the Artificial Intelligence-powered tools Write and Improve, Grammarly and Chat GPT to promote their uptake of feedback in general, raising their awareness of the type of errors they make and making them more independent learners. The study, involving two groups of students at a private Spanish university, outlines how these tools can be used in the EFL classroom and attempts to gather students’ perceptions of them and to what extent they took the computer-generated feedback on board.
Keywords: AWE tools
student uptake of feedback
learner autonomy
feedback loops
artificial intelligence in EFL
bucles de retroalimentación
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
Issue Date: Jun-2023
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