ERIC Number: ED407868
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
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Teaching Irish to Americans: Focus on Feedback.
Ihde, Thomas W.
TEANGA: The Irish Yearbook of Applied Linguistics, v15 p81-89 1995
This study investigated the attitudes of American students learning Irish as a second language about error correction. Subjects were 45 former students in summer programs in an Irish university, who were asked how they preferred to have their papers corrected by Irish language teachers. Most (64 percent) preferred full editing on essays, finding it the most educational and the most supportive of motivation and confidence. A smaller proportion (18 percent) preferred circling of errors, and 16 percent chose the use of symbols. One subject (2 percent) preferred a summary of errors. Those reporting their own proficiency level as low tended to prefer editing; those reporting a high proficiency level claimed in equal proportions to prefer circling, symbols, and editing. the conclusion is drawn that, in general, students of Irish want full correction of their work. However, the above-mentioned forms can be time-consuming for teachers and have not been proven to be more effective than other, less time-consuming approaches. Teachers are encouraged to provide their students with opportunities to experience forms of correction other than full editing, and to experience success not in grammatical perfection but in successful communication. Contains 15 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: United States