Written Corrective Feedback in Second Language Acquisition and Writing

Written Corrective Feedback in Second Language Acquisition and Writing

by John Bitchener, Dana R. Ferris


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What should language and writing teachers do about giving students written corrective feedback? This book surveys theory, research, and practice on the important and sometimes controversial issue of written corrective feedback, also known as "error/grammar correction," and its impact on second language acquisition and second language writing development. Offering state-of-the-art treatment of a topic that is highly relevant to both researchers and practitioners, it critically analyzes and synthesizes several parallel and complementary strands of research - work on error/feedback (both oral and written) in SLA and studies of the impact of error correction in writing/composition courses - and addresses practical applications. Drawing from both second language acquisition and writing/composition literature, this volume is the first to intentionally connect these two separate but important lines of inquiry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415872430
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/17/2011
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

John Bitchener is Professor, School of Languages at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

Dana R. Ferris is Professor in the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis.

Table of Contents

Section One – Introduction

1: What is WCF?

Section Two – Theoretical Perspectives

2: Differences and overlap between short-term development

3: Insights from SLA research on oral corrective feedback (OCF )

4: OCF parallels with WCF

Section Three – Evaluating the Empirical Evidence

5: Questions/issues investigated – overview

6: Other empirical questions about WCF

Section Four –Applications for Language & Writing Classes

7: Transfer of research findings to classroom practice

8: Teacher education/preparation

Section Five - Conclusion

9: Directions/Agenda(s) for future research

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