ERIC Number: ED311732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
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Error Gravity: Perceptions of Native-Speaking and Non-Native Speaking Faculty in EFL.
Kresovich, Brant M.
Bulletin of College of Education, University of the Ryukyus, v33 n2 1988
A survey of teachers of composition in English as a Second Language in Japan addressed the perceptions of native-English-speaking and non-native-English-speaking teachers of the acceptability of specific error types within sentences. The native speakers of English were one British and 16 Americans. The non-native group was comprised of 26 Japanese English teachers who were from a variety of school types, including elementary schools, cram schools, junior high schools, vocational schools, language schools, and universities. All non-native speakers had had substantial experience in an English-speaking country. Results showed little difference in the error perceptions of native and non-native speakers; only 3 errors were perceived differently in 14 error categories by the two groups. The findings support earlier research conclusions that the more an error obscures meaning, the less it is tolerated. It is concluded that language teachers should take a moderate course between consistent correction and non-correction of student errors, offering support without discouraging student efforts to communicate. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
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Identifiers - Location: Japan