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1 How Should We Respond to Student Writing?

2 First Things First: Good Writing is Always a Process Gathering ideas Planning/Outlining Drafting Seeking advice from others Revising for content Revising for language

3 Written Corrective Feedback: What Is It? Includes written teacher comments on the following: Format Organization/structure of writing Content Advice/encouragement for future drafts/assignments Language (grammar, word choice, spelling, punctuation) But also includes written student comments! Peer review worksheets

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5 Sample Correction Symbols wf – word form wc – word choice vt – verb tense p – punctuation/capitalization wo – word order sp - spelling

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8 Problems with Error Correction Research tends to show that it does not work (possibly because it is hard to measure). Some have suggested that it is harmful. Corrected students tend to avoid rather than address. Students can rely too much on their professor for correction. Long-term benefits are not always visible in the classroom setting. Still, students expect it.

9 When Not to Use Error Correction Student journals Freewriting activities Any single-draft assignment Any assignment designed to develop fluency over accuracy

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11 Problems with Comments on Content and Organization If it is vague, it can be confusing to students. There is no guarantee that students will read it. It is counterproductive if comments are mostly negative. It is less effective when used without one- on-one conferences. Despite this, such comments have proven more effective than error correction.

12 Based on a three-draft written assignment

13 Before the First Draft Students read authentic texts related to their topic. Students engage in group work, pair work and classroom discussion to explore their topic. Students choose their own topic (possibly from a limited set provided by teacher). Students plan the various sections of their assignment and compare with classmates.

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18 First Draft Students divide into pairs and read each others essays. Students fill out a teacher-prepared worksheet designed to help them give constructive advice to their peers. The teacher collects all essays and provides written feedback on content/organization only.

19 Sample Peer Review Questions 1. Write one thing you liked about your partners essay. What is especially good about it? 2. What is your opinion of your partners arguments? Are they generally good? Did your partner use examples from our readings? Explain. 3. Write two or three things your partner can do to improve her essay. Be specific.

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24 Second Draft Students conference with teacher to discuss comments (no more than 3-5 minutes each). Students use the comments from their peers and their teacher to make improvements to their essay. Students submit all drafts together. The teacher provides written feedback on language errors only (assuming content and organization have been addressed).

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27 Third Draft Students use teacher comments to make improvements to their essay. Students submit all drafts together. Teacher writes minimal comments, often little more than a grade. Students rarely read comments when they feel their work is done.

28 Thank You!

29 References Badger, R., and G. White A process genre approach to teaching writing. ELT Journal 54 (2): 153–60. Bartels, N Written peer response in L2 writing. English Teaching Forum 41 (1): 34–37 Mendonça, C. O., and K. E. Johnson Peer review negotiations: Revision activities in ESL writing instruction. TESOL Quarterly 28 (4): 745–69. Truscott, J The effect of error correction on learners ability to write accurately. Journal of Second Language Writing 16 (4): 255–72. Williams, Jason Gordon Providing feedback on ESL students written assignments. The Internet TESL Journal Vol. IX, No. 10., Feedback.html.


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