VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2018

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The Use of Concordances in Giving Corrective Feedback
Ha Thanh Le

Building: A11
Room: 2nd floor Reading Room-A11 Building
Date: 2018-10-12 02:00 PM – 02:45 PM
Last modified: 2018-09-16


The study discusses different views on giving corrective feedback in writing instruction (e.g Truscott 1996 and Ferris 1999) and related studies on the data-driven approach (e.g Gaskell & Cobb 2004, Boulton 2009, Flowerdew 2010) which makes use of concordances in feedback practices. It then describes how the data-driven approach was adopted to provide corrective feedback to an EFL class of intermediate students who were doing an intensive writing course. The instructor mediated the output of concordances as a form of feedback for the students and gave additional guidance to them in consulting concordance data from a corpus. The students were offered a step by step process when looking at concordances. The study also examined the students’ attitude towards the mediated use of concordances in their writing practices. The study suggests the use of concordances as a tool for students to work on their own writing errors, possible benefits and drawbacks of concordancing in giving corrective feedback.


concordances, data-driven, corrective feedback