Dr. Rod Ellis, Chair of the Anaheim University Graduate School of Education spoke on behalf of Anaheim University at Seoul National University on Tuesday June 17th. As the second part in the Seminar Series of the TESOL Alliance between the Seoul National University Foreign Language Education Research Institute and the Anaheim University Graduate School of Education, Dr. Rod Ellis gave a lecture entitled "Written Corrective Feedback" on the campus of Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea. In attendance were students, faculty and the general public.
How teachers correct second language (L2) students' writing is a topic that has attracted enormous interest from researchers and teachers alike. However, as a recent review of feedback on L2 students' writing (Hyland and Hyland 2006) makes clear, despite all the research there are still no clear answers to the questions researchers have addressed. In this talk I examine the various options (both familiar and less familiar) for correcting students' written work. I will focus on just one kind of correction - the correction of linguistic errors - and consider studies that have examined the different options by way of illustrating how they have been investigated and the limitations in the research to date. I will argue that identifying the options in a systematic way is essential for both determining whether written corrective feedback is effective and, if it is, what kind of corrective feedback is most effective.
About Dr. Rod Ellis
Dr. Rod Ellis is Chair of the Anaheim University Graduate School of Education. A renowned linguist, Dr. Ellis received his Doctorate from the University of London and his Master of Education from the University of Bristol. A former professor at Temple University both in Japan and the US, Prof. Ellis has taught in numerous positions in England, Japan, the US, Zambia and New Zealand. Dr. Ellis, who is known as an expert in Second Language Acquisition, has served as the Director of the Institute of Language Teaching and Learning at the University of Auckland. Author of numerous student and teacher-training textbooks for Prentice Hall and Oxford University Press, Prof. Ellis's textbooks on Second Language Acquisition and Grammar are core textbooks in TESOL and Linguistics programs around the world.
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