But Will It Improve Their Writing? : The use of Verbal, Peer and Written feedback as Formative Assessments

Melissa Francis


Formative assessments have been proved to be an effective tool to assist children in the learning process, especially for writing. Feedback, a type of formative assessment is the focus of this article. Written, verbal and peer are all types of feedback that teachers use in their language program. This article investigates which types of feedback are most beneficial in improving the writing skills of a class of grade 5 students. By taking information from the literature, using the opinions of teachers and hearing the voice of the students, I found that written and verbal feedback are mainly used by teachers when doing formative assessments for writing. Additionally, although some students prefer verbal feedback, written feedback seems to be most beneficial in improving written work.


formative assessment; feedback; writing; grade 5

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