HAAL Seminar (May 23, 2017)


Date:                         Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Venue:                       AG434, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Time:                         6:00 – 7:00 pm

Written Corrective Feedback in Hong Kong English Classrooms:
Research Insights and Practical Implications

Icy Lee

Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Since John Truscott (1996) published his polemical article in Language Learning arguing fervently for the abandonment of error correction in teacher written feedback, written corrective feedback (WCF) has become one of the most vibrant research areas in L2 writing. To date, there is a general consensus among feedback researchers that teachers cannot and should not refrain from giving WCF on student writing (Bitchener & Ferris, 2012, Ellis, 2010; Evans, Hartshorn, McCollum, & Wolfersberger, 2010; Ferris, 2010; Hyland, 2010; Storch, 2010), but some major concerns that teachers need to address include the extent to which teachers should respond to errors in student writing, what WCF strategies should be used to optimize student learning opportunities, and how WCF should be implemented to bring about maximum student improvement.

In Hong Kong, published research on WCF in local English classrooms has begun to appear in the early 2000s, throwing light on secondary teachers’ perspectives and performance on WCF, their beliefs and practice regarding WCF, as well as students’ perspectives and reactions to teacher WCF. More recent research has examined local teachers’ attempts at WCF innovation, mainly involving a shift from the conventional comprehensive approach, where teachers respond to all errors, to a more focused approach where teachers respond to errors selectively.

In this presentation, I provide a review of the key studies about WCF conducted in local classrooms, share the major research insights, and discuss practical implications for the writing classroom. I conclude the presentation with suggestions for further research.

Icy Lee is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she is currently serving as Chairperson in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her publications have appeared in numerous international journals such as TESOL Quarterly, Journal of Second Language Writing, Language Teaching, System, and ELT Journal. She is Co-editor of the Journal of Second Language Writing and Senior Associate Editor of The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher. She was former President of Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics.

Refreshments Served. All are Welcome with Limited Seats Available.

Following the seminar, you are invited to a self-paying dinner with the speaker. Thank you.