Corrective feedback on L2 students’ writing

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Publication Student thesis
Title Corrective feedback on L2 students’ writing
Author(s) Mollestam, Emma ; Hu, Lixia
Date 2016
English abstract
Corrective feedback (CF) is regarded as a controversial topic when it comes to writing in the L2 classroom. Some researchers have found it to be both meaningless and harmful, while others have researched the effects of different types of CF and found it to be good for language development in several ways. This made us interested in conducting a study focusing on what attitudes grade 3-5 (age 9-11) teachers have concerning CF, and if they themselves use it for their L2 students’ writing. The study was conducted through five semi-structured interviews with teachers working in Lund, Sweden. The aim of the study was to investigate compulsory school teachers’ experiences of and thoughts on CF as a teaching method for improving young L2 learners’ writing. The results revealed that the teachers believe CF to be an irreplaceable part of language learning but that it should be adapted to each individual’s needs. Although all interviewed teachers acknowledged CF’s potential harm on learners’ motivation and willingness to write, no one believed that it could be left out completely.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Lärande och samhälle
Pages 38
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Corrective feedback (CF)
Young learners
L2 writing
Formative feedback
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