Giving Corrective Feedback on Spoken Language Production

Recently, guest contributor Yerim Lee shared an insightful post on giving effective written feedback (you can read it here). Today, I'd like to continue in that vein and discuss verbal corrective feedback. Written feedback has its challenges, but it also has the benefit of premeditation; we can take time to put some thought into what to …

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Is off-task behaviour in the language classroom bad?

Guest contributor: Jihoon Kim Jihoon is a master's student in Second Language Education through McGill University's Department of Integrated Studies in Education. Jihoon's research interests include peer interaction in the language classroom. In North America, communicative approaches to language teaching prevail in most second language instructional settings. Go and check a second language textbook made …

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Metalinguistic Knowledge: More Layers

By Melissa J. Enns In my recent post about metalinguistic knowledge, I introduced the concept and made a case for its relevance for language teachers and learners. I suggested that at least some metalinguistic instruction is beneficial to learners. Now, I will expand on that claim and the concept of metalinguistic knowledge, while suggesting some …

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Dialogues Between Teachers and Students Through Written Feedback

Guest contributor: Yerim Lee Yerim is a master's student in Second Language Education through McGill University's Department of Integrated Studies in Education. Yerim is doing her thesis work on instructors' and students' perceptions of written and audio feedback in graduate classrooms.  I believe that many students have experienced confusion at least once from teachers’ written …

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Metalinguistic Knowledge: A Deeper Understanding of Language

by Melissa J. Enns   The concept of metalinguistic knowledge may be one many language teachers haven't heard of before. However, it is implicit to many language-teaching practices, so perhaps it deserves more attention. What is metalinguistic knowledge? A breakdown using the Online Etymology Dictionary reveals that "metalinguistic" comes from Greek meta, which in Latin took …

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