Second Language Teachers’ Written Response Practices: An In-house Inquiry and Response

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Joseph J. Lee Farzaneh Vahabi Dawn Bikowski

Abstract

This in-house inquiry explores the response practices of a group of L2 writing teachers in our specific program to gain a better understanding of these teachers’ feedback practices and to bring about purposeful change within our local context. Data consists of 4,313 electronic feedback (e-feedback) items given by six writing teachers to 36 L2 students on six writing tasks in a first-year writing course for international students. Using Ene and Upton’s (2014) e-feedback framework, each feedback instance was coded for feedback target, directness, explicitness, charge, and location. Although some variations exist, results show that these teachers overwhelmingly focused on form across writing tasks. Findings also show that the e-feedback was primarily corrective, direct, explicit, and within-text. Following a discussion of our programmatic response to this internal investigation, we conclude by arguing that programs can establish philosophies of response grounded in their specific context based on examination of local practices.

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Lee, J., Vahabi, F., & Bikowski, D. (2018). Second Language Teachers’ Written Response Practices: An In-house Inquiry and Response. Journal of Response to Writing, 4(1). Retrieved from http://journalrw.org/index.php/jrw/article/view/100
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Joseph J. Lee, Ohio University

ELIP Academic & Global Communication Program, Department of Linguistics, Assistant Director/Associate Lecturer

Farzaneh Vahabi, Ohio University

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, PhD Student

Dawn Bikowski, Ohio University

ELIP Academic & Global Communication Program, Department of Linguistics, Director