ERIC Number: ED374678
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
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Error Correction in L1 and L2 Language Learning.
Ihde, Thomas W.
This paper addresses the effect of error correction on second language learning by focusing on feedback and it's effect on language acquisition. The paper deals specifically with the written form of the target language and looks at how the second language teacher can address errors that interfere with written communication in such a way that the student can benefit from the experience. A study is described that looked at: (1) how a student's ability to spell is affected by the level of correction (direct, indirect, no correction at all), and (2) if different forms of correction affect first- and second-language learners differently. Seventy-two students at Montclair State University (New Jersey) took part in the experiment, 36 of whom wee native speakers of English and 36 of whom had English as their second language. Data collected for the study included results of a test a post-test. All students scored similarly on the measures, regardless of the form of feedback provided. It is suggested that the results could have been different if the study had focused on the long-term results of feedback as well as the short term. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the World Congress of Applied Linguistics (10th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August 12, 1993).