I thought that peer reading was pretty helpful. I had the opportunity to pick out changes that I would make on my partner's paper, which made me more aware of the kinds of changes that I should make myself. For example, instead of make choppy sentences that demonstrated my knowledge to apply a grammar structure I now think more about making my sentences complicated with a combination of grammar structures. And my peers caught things that I didn't. (I forgot to change some of my words to kanji. I am dummy sometimes...actually most of the time.)
I think that one of the things that I've become more aware of is how to present your criticism in a tactful way. Instead of stating your opinion on the paper, provided examples and reasons for why you said what you did. I don't take criticism very well. I find it discouraging, but I find it to be less or more discouraging depending on how it is presented.
Reading Jonathan's and Eric's paper also helped me improve the content of my paper. I thought that Eric wrote about some sentimental stuff (I won't give it away) and that made me want to add more sentences about how I felt about the topic of my speech. Jonathan talked a little bit about the asian student association that he partakes in (in the first draft, that is) and that made me want to talk a little bit more about my desire to learn about my mommy's culture and language.
Overall, I thought that this was a pretty good assignment. I think it's encouraging to see how students incorporate all the Japanese grammar, vocabulary, and cultural points they learned and fashion them in their own creative ways. Well, I can't wait until I get my video of my speech. I'm going to send it to all of my family members.