EFL students’ perception on Grammarly premium’s feedback and dealing with inaccuracies

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(1) * Lailatul Khoiroh Ummah   
Universitas Islam Negeri Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang

(2)  Maslihatul Bisriyah   
Universitas Islam Negeri Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang

(*) Corresponding Author


Grammarly is one of the famous Automated Writing Evaluation (AWE) tools used by EFL students. However, studies evaluating Grammarly’s feedback accuracy, especially the premium version, are still limited. This study aims to: (1) explore EFL students' perceptions of Grammarly premium feedback, (2) provide a detailed analysis of  types of inaccurate feedback provided by Grammarly premium, and (3) investigate how students handle inaccurate  feedback.  This  mix  method study  used a  questionnaire,  semi-structured interviews, and documentation to collect the data. The participants were undergraduate EFL students who were writing or had completed their thesis. The results indicate that: (1) students have positive and negative perceptions on the use of Grammarly Premium. The ‘correctness’ feature improved  spelling,  grammar,  punctuation,  convention,  article,  and  consistency.  The ‘clarity’  feature  improves  readability.  The ‘engagement’  feature made writing varied and the ‘delivery’  feature to get the right tone. On the other hand, students complained about the need of a stable internet connection  to  work  properly  and  require  additional  proofreading. (2) Inaccurate feedback generally occurred in the features of correctness (convention, spelling, punctuation, article, and consistency), clarity (passive voice and conciseness), and engagement  (variety).  (3)  Students  continued to  use Grammarly Premium  because  it  helped  them  self-proofreading. In short, students still preferred to use Grammarly Premium with some concern in accepting the provided feedback.


  • Undergraduates students mostly have positive perception toward Grammarly Premium
    while using it during thesis writing.

  • Grammarly Premium provided many useful features like correctness, clarity, convention, and delivery to help undergraduate students in thesis writing.

  • Despite its misleading feedback, students still used Grammarly Premium to help enhance their writing and self-proofreading.


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Ummah, L. K., & Bisriyah, M. (2022). EFL students’ perception on Grammarly premium’s feedback and dealing with inaccuracies. JEES (Journal of English Educators Society), 7(2), 163-172. https://doi.org/10.21070/jees.v7i2.1687
Author Biographies

Lailatul Khoiroh Ummah, Universitas Islam Negeri Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang

Lailatul Khoiroh Ummah is currently a student at Program Studi Tadris Bahasa Inggris, Fakultas Ilmu Tarbiyah dan Keguruan, Universitas Islam Negeri Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang. Her research interests are in the field of English Language Teaching (ELT) especially English grammar and writing skill with the integration of information and communication technology.

Maslihatul Bisriyah, Universitas Islam Negeri Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang

Maslihatul Bisriyah is a lecturer at Program Studi Tadris Bahasa Inggris, Fakultas Ilmu Tarbiyah dan Keguruan, Universitas Islam Negeri Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang. Her research interests include TEFL, L2 writing, and intercultural communication.


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