Developments in Online Language Learning’ by Nicky Hockly
A Reflection Paper (Critical Review) on ‘Developments in Online Language Learning’ by Nicky Hockly
Write a critical review for the article ‘Developments in online language learning’ by Nicky Hockly.
The review should begin with a brief summary of the article, and should provide a personal critique to the
You should look at each source with a critical eye (whether the author has backed up their claims with
evidence, whether they have interpreted the results correctly, whether their experiment was well-planned or
could have been done differently and so on).
You’ll also need to find out whether other authors agree or disagree with any claims made, and why.
The critique should include some basic information:
1. Name(s) of the author(s)
2. Title of article
3. Title of journal, volume number, date, month and page numbers
4. Statement of the problem or issue discussed
5. The author’s purpose, approach or methods, hypothesis, and major conclusions.
The bulk of your critique, however, should consist of your qualified opinion of the article.
The following questions should be addressed in your critique.
(Use your discretion. These points don’t have to be discussed in this order, and some may not be pertinent to
your particular article.)
1. Is the title of the article appropriate and clear?
2. Is the abstract specific, representative of the article, and in the correct form?
3. Is the purpose of the article made clear in the introduction?
4. Do you find errors of fact and interpretation? (This is a good one! You won’t believe how
often authors misinterpret or misrepresent the work of others. You can check on this by looking up for yourself
the references the author cites.)
5. Is all of the discussion relevant?
6. Has the author cited the pertinent, and only the pertinent, literature? If the author has included
inconsequential references, or references that are not pertinent, suggest deleting them.
7. Have any ideas been overemphasized or underemphasized? Suggest specific revisions.
8. Should some sections of the manuscript be expanded, condensed or omitted?
9. Are the author’s statements clear? Challenge ambiguous statements. Suggest by examples how clarity can
be achieved, but do not merely substitute your style for the author’s.
10. What underlying assumptions does the author have?
11. Has the author been objective in his or her discussion of the topic?
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