Using Foreign Volunteers to Check Students’ Writings Project
Aiming at fostering students’ language proficiency, especially in writing skill, helping students to avoid common writing errors, and being confident when communicating with foreigners, the project “Using Foreign Volunteers to Check Students’ Writings” was carried out in the School of Foreign Languages, Thai Nguyen University for students majoring in English Education for two school terms. At the end of the project, two separate surveys were conducted; one among 34 related project’s participants, the other with 10 foreign volunteers. In addition, the observation from project team members was a valuable source to evaluate the effectiveness of the project. The results revealed that the participation of foreign factor during teaching and assessing process proved to be efficient in creating a new energetic atmosphere for both teachers and students, contributing to an improvement in students’ attitude and learning outcome. The project received a great number of valuable feedbacks and recognition from both oversea volunteers and students. The operation, advantages, and drawbacks of the project will be discussed by the authors, who are team members of the project with a view to an encouragement to implement such similar meaningful plans.
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