Correcting all those errors? Step away from the red pen. (BlackBox)
Disclaimer: No red pens were harmed in the making of this episode.
Here we confront a continual dilemma in language teaching. As language teachers who are good at the languages we teach, every error grates on our ears and eyes. We want to correct. We want to cross out the masculine ending and write the feminine one. We want to insert the missing article. We want to shout, “WHEN HAVE YOU EVER HEARD ME SAY ME LLAMO ES AND ACCURATE INPUT IS ALL IT IS SUPPOSED TO TAKE AND YOU ARE STILL SAYING ME LLAMO ES!?!”
Watch Karen’s informative review of this article on one researcher’s study. Exactly how effective is written corrective feedback? Don’t expect a hard and fast answer. It’s a muddy issue!
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