Title

An EFL Teacher’s Inquiry into Error Correction in Oral Speech

Publication Date

2008

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Bonnie Mennell

Abstract

Traditional error correction techniques in language teaching include recasting and drills; the teacher usually provides the students with the correct forms, leaving little or no opportunity to involve the students in the correction of their own errors. This paper shares an EFL teacher’s awareness of and learning about the correction of errors in oral speech. First, the writer revisits his experience both as a second language learner and as an EFL teacher in his home country Nicaragua. This is followed by an overview of the theoretical issues of Error Correction. An account of the attitudes towards error correction that are associated with the most influential approaches to language teaching is also presented. Finally the teaching and learning implications of using a student-centered approach to error correction are examined.

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education

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