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Engaging Foreign Language Students in Corrective Feedback to Writing

Denman, Lorraine (2020) Engaging Foreign Language Students in Corrective Feedback to Writing. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study examines foreign-language students’ reactions to written corrective feedback (WCF) and the effectiveness of a personalized feedback protocol created in consultation with each student. Using action research methods, the researcher studied the affective reactions of students in an intact fourth-semester Italian class (N=16) in a U.S. university through the qualitative analysis of questionnaires and interviews. In addition, a quantitative analysis of students’ written production determined accuracy rates in novel writing assignments. Quantitative results showed that three students improved over the course of the semester, five participants saw a decrease in accuracy rate, while the other participants had fluctuations in accuracy rate. Qualitative results show that students felt more positively about WCF in the foreign language courses (compared to their English-taught university courses), and that the three students who improved demonstrated a strong growth mindset and had very positive affective reactions to WCF. Findings suggest that foreign language teachers should work to improve students’ affective relationships to WCF and help them to develop a growth mindset.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Denman, Lorrainedenman@pitt.edudenman
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDonato, Richarddonato@pitt.edudonato
Committee MemberWells, Brettwellsb@pitt.eduwellsb
Committee MemberHendry Annegan, Heatherheh15@pitt.eduheh15
Committee MemberLima, Doloresdlima@pitt.edudlima
Date: 7 July 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 20 February 2020
Approval Date: 7 July 2020
Submission Date: 14 May 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 57
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: written corrective feedback, classroom-based research, foreign language writing, foreign language assessment
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2020 19:16
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2020 19:16


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