Pedagogy Considerations

Note to Instructors

The FAVORS Glossary is ideal for designing in-class group activities. As a supplement to Revision Today, the glossary offers samples and steps for each comment.

Peer Tutoring

One example of a classroom activity is peer tutoring. It is an effective exercise for students who struggle with writing academic papers. Professors typically instruct students to exchange papers. Students proceed to mark up a paper and offer a few lines of feedback.

The glossary is a great resource for peer tutoring. For each comment it provides lecture material, samples, and steps for accomplishing revision. Students will find the content of each comment useful for instructing their peers.

In essence, the glossary teaches professors how to explain revision concepts and students how to teach themselves.


The final grade shouldn’t be the only thing a professor uses to help students understand their papers. Similarly, students shouldn’t view the grade as the only thing they need to consider when revising a paper.

The FAVORS Glossary provides a great opportunity for professors to use comments as grades or grading tools  before applying a final grade to a particular paper.

For example, if a student makes a point within a paragraph and adds another, but fails to connect the points, then the “grade” would be “Points Don’t Connect,” which is a comment within the glossary. Teachers may use the glossary as a guide for applying a particular grade or they may determine, based upon the goals of the class, to what letter grade the comment equates.

Examine the following. The first part (in italics) points to the area of the paper or sentence where the professor places the comment. The second part is an example of a glossary comment.

Example Feedback for Student’s Paper

1. Thesis: Thesis Unclear/Need a Clearer Thesis Sentence (D)

2. Plot Summary: Avoid Plot Summary (C-)

3. Examples: Discuss/Discuss This (B-)

4. Quotes: Clarify (significance) (B-)

Grading Scale

A= 90 -100

B= 80 – 89

C= 70 – 79

D= 60 – 69

F= 69 and below

For this exercise the D stands for 69, C- stands for 70, and B- stands for 80.

In considering these factors, the average grade for the student, before the final grade administered after the student revises the  paper, would be approximately a 75 (74.75). In other words, this is where the student’s grade stands, or would stand, for the first paper.

Grading by using the glossary comments allows the professor to provide justification for a grade. This grading method also provides direction for the student.

Special Note for International Students

This glossary is for those international students who have had formal English education in their countries but who have also enrolled in advanced-level English continuing education classes in the U.S. These are the types of ESL students who can communicate in writing on an advanced level, but may still have some comprehension issues on an intermediate to advanced level.

In other words, this book is not for students who have a basic or a beginner’s understanding of English grammar and American writing. It is for international students who will progress to the next semester as an advanced-level student, but not for students who will progress from beginning to intermediate-level.

Copyright 2011 Regina Y. Favors. All Rights Reserved.

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