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International students invited to take part in research study exploring student reactions to written academic assignment feedback.

An MA student – Sophia Vanttinen-Newton – is working on her dissertation in Applied Linguistics with a focus on student perceptions of teacher emoticon usage in written assessment feedback and how this is received cross-culturally. Her plan is to gather a research group of 20 students including a number of different nationalities and survey them about their view of marker emoticon usage.

This is what Sophia has to say about her study:

“Are you an international student looking to receive free academic language and writing support? You are warmly invited to take part in my research study which will explore student reactions to written academic assignment feedback in credit-bearing modules. My study aims to explore what students think about written assignment feedback from tutors and what you think about the quality of the marking. Your participation in the study will involve you looking at and reading feedback for a written assignment and then answering a series of short questions via Survey Monkey (open, closed and multiple choice questions) about the tutor feedback you have read. Completing the tasks in the study will take you 45 minutes to an hour and you may be contacted after the study to clarify any answers provided on the Survey Monkey questionnaire. Any of your data in the study will, of course, be anonymous. If you are interested in taking part, further details about participation will be sent to you before you commit.

If you would like to take part in the study, you will receive 5 Employability Points and if you would like academic writing support and some help with your coming written assignments, you are more than welcome to book in for a free 30 minute Individual Writing Tutorial at a convenient time with me after completing the study to talk one-to-one about your writing”.

Thank you!

Sophia is the In-sessional and Short Courses Manager in the Centre for English and World Language she can be contacted on: if you would like to take part in the study or you have any questions.