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Table 7 Participants’ preferences of comment types

From: EFL learners’ perceptions and preferences of written corrective feedback: a case study of university students from Mainland China

Comment type Mean ratingsa p value
1st-year students (N = 21) 2nd-year students (N = 23) 3rd-year students (N = 20) Total average One-way ANOVA
Comments on the content 4.00 4.43 4.55 4.13 .067
Comments on the grammar 3.65 3.78 4.30 3.76 .749
Comments on the organization 4.55 3.85 4.30 4.38 .387
Comments on the overall quality of the writing 4.70 3.76 4.38 4.59 .185
  1. aThere was one empty response in the 1st-year group. Unimportant = 1; unimportant = 2; neutral = 3; important = 4; very important = 5