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Error correction for speaking activities

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Mariel Doyenart

on 23 September 2013

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Transcript of Error correction for speaking activities

for Speaking Activities
Fernanda Demicheli
Mariel Doyenart
Signs that you're not correcting enough
Signs that you're correcting too often
Sts complain about lack of correction
Sts don't see value of speaking activities
St accuracy is not improving
You correct under 5% of st errors
You don't write down st mistakes during pair and group work
(Case, 2008)
Types of mistakes
(Edge, 1989)
Sources of Errors
(Harmer, 2010)
L1 Interference
Developmental errors
Decisions regarding error correction
(Scrivener, 1994)
Ask yourself:
What kind of error is it?
Should I correct it or not?
When should I work with it?
Who should correct it?
Which technique should I use?

Error correction during
Error correction during
Other error correction techniques
Visual Clues
Color Codes
Use charts or any other form
of categorization to record points
you want to refer to later
Peer Correction
Sts are scared of making mistakes
Most of the errors you correct are 'attempts' of using new language
Post-speaking activities are mostly error correction
Whenever sts speak they are corrected
20% or more of the sts' errors are corrected
Improving accuracy= error correction
(Case, 2008)
Write the mistake on the board and sts correct it
Write correct and incorrect alternatives and sts decide which is which
Write individual notes and give suggestions about where they can find information about it.

Intervene when communication
breaks down to point out language
features which need correction
"A man's errors are his portals of discovery."
Gentle correction
Recording mistakes
After the event
Use charts or other forms of
categorization to record points you
want to refer to later.
James Joyce
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