Peer Review, Reimagined: Facilitating Students' Understanding of Giving and Receiving Feedback --Send abstracts by 9/30/11

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Stephanie Andre / Northeast Modern Language Association 43rd Annual Convention
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The assumption employed by most composition instructors is that peer review is a good thing—-a valid, helpful exercise—-whereas many students view it as a waste of time. It would be worthwhile to examine both our assumptions about peer review and our students' assessments of it, as well as exploring ways in which we have worked to reimagine or revise peer review in our classrooms. This panel also seeks to address the following questions: How do we guide students into critically evaluating each other's (as well as their own) papers? How do we advance students' increased awareness and nuanced appraisal of the feedback they give to, along with the feedback they receive from, their classmates?

If interested, please send 250-word abstracts, along with a one-page CV, by 9/30/2011 to Stephanie André at Please make sure to type "NeMLA 2012 Peer Review" in the subject line and to send your documents as .doc, .docx, or .pdf attachments.

Conference Information:

43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

The 43rd annual convention will be held March 15-18th in Rochester, New York at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown, located minutes away from convenient air, bus, and train transportation options for attendees. St. John Fisher College will serve as the host college, and the diverse array of area institutions are coordinating with conference organizers to sponsor various activities, such as celebrated keynote speakers, local events, and fiction readings.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.