Brazilian English as foreign language teachers' beliefs about grammar-based feedback on L2 writing

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2011-01-01
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Paiva, Katia
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John Levis
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The Department of English seeks to provide all university students with the skills of effective communication and critical thinking, as well as imparting knowledge of literature, creative writing, linguistics, speech and technical communication to students within and outside of the department.

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The Department of English and Speech was formed in 1939 from the merger of the Department of English and the Department of Public Speaking. In 1971 its name changed to the Department of English.

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1939-present

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  • Department of English and Speech (1939-1971)

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Empirical findings have suggested that what teachers do in the classroom mirrors what they believe and these beliefs often influence their instructional decisions (Farrell & Lim, 2005). Research in teacher belief is vast and diverse (Borg, 2003) as is investigation about the effectiveness of written corrective feedback per se (Ferris, 2006; Truscott, 2009); however, little is known about teachers' beliefs about written corrective feedback (Lee, 2009). Therefore, this study aimed at investigating Brazilian EFL teachers' beliefs about grammar-based feedback on L2 writing and the extent to which their beliefs are related to their perceived classroom practice. Fifteen Brazilian EFL teachers answered a five-point Likert scale survey. Results suggest that Brazilian teachers tend to believe that form-focused correction is a recommendable instructional approach. In addition, the qualitative analysis of the teachers' perception of classroom practice implied that their pedagogical decisions are likely to be shaped by beliefs and contextual factors.

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