1st Edition

Automated Written Corrective Feedback in Research Paper Revision The Good, The Bad, and The Missing

By Qian Guo, Ruiling Feng, Yuanfang Hua Copyright 2023
    144 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book studies the use of an automated writing evaluation (AWE) systems in research paper revision for publication purposes by Chinese doctoral students.

    Research writing skills are essential for achieving academic status, and AWE tools can be a great companion on the journey. However, AWE tools may provide a disservice if users do not stay alert to inaccurate feedback, inaccurate correction suggestions, and missed errors. The effects of accurate feedback on revision outcomes have been the focus of a number of AWE studies, but student engagement and revision results in cases of inaccurate feedback and missed errors have rarely been investigated. Such investigations can provide practical advice on using automated feedback in research writing. This book provides a comprehensive evaluation of AWE tools and profiles student engagement with tool use in cases of different qualities of feedback. It can empower novice scholars and improve the effectiveness of academic writing instructors. The findings can also inform AWE system developers about possible ways of system improvement for research paper writing.

    The book will be particularly useful to students and scholars of language and linguistic studies, education, and academic English writing. 

    1. A glance at automated writing evaluation (AWE) in EFL/ESL writing 2. AWE: Effectiveness and student engagement 3. Exploring the use of AWE in research paper revision 4. System-centric evaluation 5. User-centric evaluation 6. Student engagement with Grammarly use and factors related to engagement 7. Insight into the Future


    Qian Guo is a professor of applied linguistics and language education at Tsinghua University. Her research interests include English as a second language (ESL) teaching and testing, language and reading development, and English for research publication purposes.

    Ruiling Feng is an assistant professor of English at Tianjin Normal University and doctoral candidate at Tsinghua University. Her research interests lie in academic writing, virtual exchange, and second language acquisition.

    Yuanfang Hua is a doctoral candidate at Tsinghua University. Her research currently focuses on ESL (English as a second language) academic writing and corpus linguistics.

    "Want to learn about utility and research on automated writing evaluation and use of Grammarly in EFL/ESL contexts? Then, this thoughtful handbook is a must-read for you."

    Young-Suk Grace Kim, Professor, University of California, Irvine, United States of America