Oral corrective feedback in language teaching: A historical perspective

Rod Ellis



This paper reviews the role of corrective feedback in language teaching and learning in the last fifty years. It reports research studies on error correction from the view of different learning theories and language methods. This extensive and varied revision is used to revisit Hendrickson´s (1978) five key questions on error correction, thus guiding language teachers to inform their decisions on the treatment of learners´ errors. Finally, it suggests unexplored aspects of error correction like corrective feedback in small group work and in computer-mediated communication.

Keywords: SLA, corrective feedback.



Este articulo revisa el rol del la respuesta correctiva dentro de la enseñanza y aprendizaje de idiomas en los últimos cincuenta años. Se reportan estudios sobre la respuesta correctiva desde el punto de vista de diferentes teorias del aprendizaje y metodos de enseñanza. Esta revision extensa y variada sirve para discutir nuevamente las cinco preguntas de Hendrickson (1978) sobre la correccion de errores; de esta manera, guiando a los profesores de idiomas a informar sus decisiones sobre el tratamiento de los errores de los estudiantes. Finalmente, se sugieren aspectos aun no explorados en la correccion de errores como la respuesta correctiva durante los trabajos grupales pequeños y en la comunicación mediada por computadores.

Palabras claves: SLA, corrective feedback.

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