posted by Jürgen Kurtz, Karlsruhe University of Education, Germany
All around the globe, foreign language teachers are faced with the challenging and strenuous task of correcting and evaluating written texts produced by ‘their’ learners (including some very complex products such as portfolios, etc.). In the following YouTube video clip, Rod Ellis outlines a wide range of options, going far beyond the traditional strategy of direct corrective feedback (i.e. of underlining an error and providing the learner with the ‘correct’ linguistic form):
The full video is available here. (Apple Quicktime Player required).
Corrective feedback (written as well as oral) is a highly complex problem. Teachers need to be able to distinguish systematic errors from accidental mistakes, for instance. This is all the more important in a communicative, task-based classroom scenario in which form-focussed and message-focussed instruction need to be combined in a suitable way.
New! Ellis, Rod (2009). A typology of written corrective feedback types. ELT Journal, 63 (2), 97-107.