Peer review of paper for Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics (2017-0052)

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Feedback for Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics Paper ID: 2017-0052 Paper title: Chinese university EFL teachers’ and students’ beliefs on what determine the text quality of EFL writing: Differences, influences, and pedagogical implications Review: The manuscript reported a nice scholarly and practical case study. It was well-written overall, worth publishing after minor revision. Teachers’ beliefs on EFL writing is a topic of current interest in the applied linguistics field, and as identified by the authors, in order to help learners’ writing, it is particularly important to relate teachers’ perceptions in this regard to those of their students’. The research was finely designed and systematically conducted following rigid methodological procedures. Following a careful review of empirical studies in the relevant areas, the research questions were presented clearly and then addressed accordingly. The multi-method use for data collection made a strong merit for qualitative research, and the systematic data analysis facilitated by NVivo also added strength to this case study. The pedagogical implications were informative and useful. The conclusion was concise with clear argument. However, there is never perfect work and there is still much space for improvement. Below are some comments and suggestions for revision: Literature review: The review of the empirical studies was relevant, substantial and informative, but reads like a ‘cut-and-paste’ from a thesis. I suggest revising/rewriting this section in a more succinct journal-article review style. Perhaps it would also be useful to give a brief introduction to the concept of teacher beliefs - or teacher cognition in Borg’s (2003) term - so as to reach a wider readership and provide the backdrop for those who are not very familiar with this area. Methodology: Some of the methodological terms used (e.g., Spearman correlation analysis, Fisher Exact test) may not be familiar to some readers who do not take the same /similar research paradigm. Referencing to those all technical terms employed would be appropriate. Discussions and implications: Findings were presented substantially and clearly, but some were discussed in reference to relevant literature (5.2.3 & 5.3) while others were not. Some more discussions were integrated in the implications section. It would be easier to follow to have the heading of ‘discussion’ somewhere – either a separate section standing alone or combined with ‘results’ or ‘implications’. Consistent discussion needs to be addressed with care anyway. Limitation: While every study unavoidably has limitations, the very last paragraph may not be the best place to raise them, as that is the finishing-off place where the value of your research should be highlighted rather than its weaknesses. Also, a more concrete and specific statement regarding future research would add the scholarly value of your work in terms of research consistency and sustainability. Lastly, a few points in relation to the language accuracy, especially with research register: Feedback is uncountable, but used as plural throughout the text. Was that for any particular purpose? Abbreviations ‘i.e.’ and ‘e.g.’ are only used in brackets in academic writing; write them in full in the main text – ‘for example’ and ‘that is’. Also be consistent with the punctuation – with or without a comma. Be accurate with ‘and’ and ‘&’ in referencing – ‘and’ in the main text, ‘&’ in brackets and references. Be accurate with ‘et al.’ - When a work has three, four or five authors, cite all authors the first time, and in subsequent citations include only the first author followed by et al. Be accurate with ‘include’ and ‘comprise’. Upper case for special names: Table 1, 2…; Teacher A, B…; Student a, b, …. A further scrutiny is needed for the references following APA style, particularly on the use of lower/upper case in titles and the country’s name of the publisher. Hope these points are helpful. Congratulations to the authors on the completion of such a fine piece of work. I look forward to its publication in the future.

Item Type:Favourable review or citation
Keywords that describe the item:English language
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Languages
ID Code:6696
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Deposited On:19 Dec 2018 20:07
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