A Study on the Impact of Fatigue on Raters’ Comments While Scoring EFL Writing Tasks, and the Relationship between Fatigue and Raters’ Age.

A Study on the Impact of Fatigue on Raters’ Comments While Scoring EFL Writing Tasks, and the Relationship between Fatigue and Raters’ Age.

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Publishing year : 2015

Conference : Third International Conference on Applied Research in Language Studies

Number of pages : 29

Abstract: This article is one of the two main sections. Following the introduction, the first section is a study of the effect of fatigue on raters when scoring EFL writing tasks in relation to the type of their comments on each writing task. Section two, however, presents a study touching upon the relationship between raters' age and the effect of fatigue on them. To this end, 28 Iranian EFL learners, among many others, were selected to write an essay as a written task. Also, four raters, in two groups regarding their ages, were selected and each given the writing tasks to score and comment on. The writing tasks were already checked to have the same length and to be written by the same writing proficiency students. The subjects, the raters in this study, were asked to score writing tasks without any break during the scoring procedure. With respect to the first part, this study argues that comments made by raters on scored essays, including ones on grammar, choice of word, punctuation, dictation, capitalization, and organization, are different in number and type from the first few scored essays To the last few ones. Regarding the second part, unlike other studies, the results suggest that there is no relationship between raters' age and the extent to which they are affected by the weariness