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ERIC Number: EJ845137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0893
"Very Good" as a Teacher Response
Wong, Jean; Waring, Hansun Zhang
ELT Journal, v63 n3 p195-203 Jul 2009
Much scholarly and pedagogical attention has been devoted to corrective feedback. In this paper, we turn to positive feedback, and in particular, call for a reconsideration of teachers' use of explicit positive assessments such as "very good". Based on examples from an ESL classroom, we show that utterances such as "very good" may have the potential of inhibiting learning opportunities within particular pedagogical contexts. We then broaden our discussion by offering a range of suggestions for managing the complexities of positive feedback in the language classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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