Corrective Feedback and Linguistic Ideologies

By Jihoon Kim and Melissa Enns The scholarly discussion surrounding corrective feedback (CF) has mainly focused on how to correct, when to correct, what to correct, and who should correct errors (for an overview, see Elllis, 2017). What is often missing in this discussion is the social dimension of CF. That is, when a teacher …

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Giving Corrective Feedback on Spoken Language Production

By Melissa J. Enns 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 …

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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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