Current Issues in Corrective Feedback in Second Language Acquisition: Theory, Research, and Implications

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2018 | 11:10 AM – 1:40 PM |

Current Issues in Corrective Feedback in Second Language Acquisition: Theory, Research, and Implications

Organizers: Dr. Hossein Nassaji, University of Victoria & Dr. Eva Kartchava, Carleton University

Corrective feedback (CF) – information provided to second language (L2) learners about the accuracy of their output – can take a variety of forms such as oral feedback, written feedback, peer feedback, and computer-mediated feedback. Numerous studies have investigated the provision and effectiveness of these different forms. Their results, however, are often presented in individual papers and discussed separately from one another, which has contributed to a growing gap between the different strands of research in this area (Nassaji & Kartchava, 2017). This colloquium aims to bring together research in five core areas of corrective feedback – oral feedback, peer feedback, nonverbal feedback, timing of feedback, as well as the methodology of corrective feedback research – to not only highlight the current state of the knowledge about each and to specify existing challenges, but to also chart a course forward toward additional discussion about the contributions the study of corrective feedback may bring to L2 acquisition and instruction. Topics are presented by leading scholars, who provide a detailed analysis of research and share methods and insights learned from engaging in inquiry in each domain. The colloquium will help promote discussions among presenters and conference attendees and foster common understanding of the range of issues faced when examining the role of different forms of corrective feedback in SLA. The theme of this colloquium is timely as it aligns with and adds to the plenary address to be delivered by Dr. Rod Ellis at SLRF 2018 on the role of CF in L2 acquisition and the need to broaden the inquiry.

Individual contributions:

  • Oral corrective feedback, Hossein Nassaji, University of Victoria & Eva Kartchava, Carleton University
  • Peer corrective feedback, Masatoshi Sato, Universidad Andres Bello
  • Non-verbal feedback, Shawn Loewen, Michigan State University & Kimi Nakatsukasa, Texas Tech University
  • Timing of corrective feedback, Paul Quinn, Centennial College
  • The methodology of corrective feedback research, Shaofeng Li, The University of Auckland