SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES, AND ARTS, Vol 12, No 1 (2012)

Teacher Written Feedback for L2 Learners’ Writing Development

Napaporn Srichanyachon




Abstract


The article focuses on the importance of teacher written feedback on L2 students’ writing development including its effects on both students’ language accuracy and their motivation. It discusses students’ feedback preferences in terms of content, compares the methods of giving feedback, and suggests instructional practices to help teachers to provide effective written feedback for their students. Feedback can be given directly or indirectly. In order to give effective written feedback, teachers should consider their students’ needs for error correction and classroom realities. No matter what method is used, it is important for teachers in ESL and EFL settings to give students a crystal clear explanation. Also, teachers should include comments of praise and encouragement in their written feedback because positive feedback can boost student motivation to improve their writing skills.

Key Words: Teacher feedback; Writing; L2

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