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SLLAT research group: talk by Jean Jimenez on 'Investigating the effects of immediate electronic corrective feedback on foreign language development'
Date: 25 February 2013 Time: 04.00-05.30pm
Venue: Bowland North SR 27
Investigating the effects of immediate electronic corrective feedback on foreign language developmentThis talk will illustrate the current state of a research project which investigates the extent to which immediate electronic corrective feedback given to EFL students carrying out CALL activities can affect second language development. In particular, I want to explore the differential effects between types of corrective feedback and investigate whether the effectiveness of feedback might vary depending on the type of task. The aim of the talk is to provide an overview of the methodological aspects of the study, including the participants, the targeted linguistic structure, the treatment tasks and the proposed method of data collection and analysis, in order to discuss and critically reflect upon potential problems. Specifically, the study will consist in a computer-mediated experiment using a pretest-posttest-delayed posttest design with treatment conducted over a time span of seven weeks with adult native speakers of Italian whose average proficiency in English is A2 in accordance with the CEFR. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of four experimental groups or to one of two control groups. The experimental groups will differ in the type of electronic corrective feedback they receive (explicit vs. implicit) as well as in the type of task they carry out (fill-in-the-blanks vs. multiple choice); the control groups will carry out one task type but will receive no corrective feedback. In addition to the primary data collected through the administration of the three tests, secondary data will be collected through a questionnaire and follow-up interview, the purpose of which will be to shed light on the extent to which learners are aware of the corrective feedback they are provided with and whether or not they find it useful. Furthermore, in order to gain insight into the cognitive processes involved while performing a task, some of the participants will be asked to articulate their thoughts through concurrent verbal reports (think-alouds).
Event website: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/groups/sllat/programme.htm
Who can attend: Internal
Organising departments and research centres: Linguistics and English Language, Second Language Learning and Teaching Research Group (SLLAT)
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