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The effects of comprehensive direct and indirect written corrective feedback on accuracy in English as a foreign language students' writing

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This study investigated the effect of two forms of written corrective feedback (WCF) on written accuracy: comprehensive indirect feedback, in which students received coded feedback on all errors, and comprehensive direct feedback, in which all errors were corrected by the rater. The study looked at four pieces of writing over two months in a group of 30 students at a Japanese university. The study was quasi-experimental in that it took place outside the classroom and participants were randomly assigned to treatment and control groups, but sampling was non-random. No significant effect was found either for time or feedback type on accuracy. This is contrary to the findings of a majority of recent research, most of which has found some effect for WCF. Possible explanations for these findings are discussed. The first is type II error. The second is that the study supports the argument that WCF is ineffective. The possibility that comprehensive feedback overwhelms students and is therefore ineffective is also discussed. Participant motivation is an additional consideration. A final possibility is that the results were due to the context of the study, which meant that it was largely controlled for language input for its duration. The ramifications of these possibilities for WCF are discussed, and directions for future research are offered.

History

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction -- Chapter 2. Literature review -- Chapter 3. Methods -- Chapter 4. Findings and discussion -- Chapter 5. Conclusions -- References -- Appendices.

Notes

Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 57-63

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes

Degree

MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Linguistics

Department, Centre or School

Department of Linguistics

Year of Award

2016

Principal Supervisor

A. Mehdi Riazi

Rights

Copyright Darby McGrath 2016. Copyright disclaimer: http://mq.edu.au/library/copyright

Language

English

Extent

1 online resource (72 pages) diagrams, graphs, tables

Former Identifiers

mq:68787 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1247726