Ghanaian university student and teacher preferences for written corrective feedback in French as a foreign language classes

Authors: Teye, John Coffie
Advisor: Parks, Susan
Abstract: The preferences for written corrective feedback (WCF) by teachers and students is one area of relevance in second language writing. The aim of this study was to investigate the WCF preferences of Ghanaian students (n = 106) and teachers (n = 5) of French as a Foreign Language (FFL) at the university level. To achieve this purpose, a mixed research design (qualitative and quantitative) was used to gather and analyse information about students and teachers’ perception of grammar instruction in their writing class, their preferred type and amount of feedback, their preferred type of error to be corrected and the contextual factors that influenced their preferences. Questionnaires and semi-structured interview protocols were used to collect the data. The results of the study show that both students and teachers accorded a great importance to grammar instruction and feedback on errors. This finding echoes Bisaillon’s (1991) contention that for second and foreign language learners, mastering the structures of the language is a major preoccupation unlike for writers in their first language who have already mastered most of the structures needed for essay writing. As in English foreign language contexts (Alshahrani & Storch 2014; Chung, 2015; Elwood & Bode, 2014; Hamouda, 2011), the FFL students of the present study preferred direct feedback. As a contextual factor, the study also shed light on how the teachers’ educational background was implicated in their approach to the teaching of writing and feedback practices. As previous studies on WCF have been limited to English foreign language contexts, this study contributes to research with respect to French foreign language contexts.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2019
Open Access Date: 15 July 2019
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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