Error correction in writing: Voices from L2 English learners

Shuk Im Irene CHAN, Cheung Shing Sam LEUNG

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Error correction plays an important role in learners’ writing development. This study investigated learners’ expectations towards feedback and their responses after receiving feedback. Data were collected from 60 university students in Hong Kong via questionnaires and focus group interviews. Results showed that students in general appreciated more detailed feedback, and preferred direct rather than indirect correction. After receiving feedback, the majority of the learners would review the feedback, though they seldom discussed the errors they had made with their teachers. Proposals will be made for error correction strategies and ways of raising the awareness of learners regarding errors.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - May 2013


Chan, S.-l. I., & Leung, C.-S. S. (2013, May). Error correction in writing: Voices from L2 English learners. Paper presented at The 12th Annual JALT Pan-SIG Conference (PanSIG 2013): For many, one: Collaboration, cooperation, and community, Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan.


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