(How much) does error correction help learners’ language development? What is an error? Is it the same as a mistake? Are all non-standard forms equally worth correcting? Are there moments in a lesson in which you would not correct a learner? Which? Why?
Provided you think that correcting learners’ errors is an important part of your practice, and that it does help learners improve their, say, production, when should we correct? How often? How? There are, indeed, several questions to consider when we think about error correction, and we’ll discuss several of them –and all the ones above– in this six-hour mini-course.
In the words of Michael Lewis (in Bartram and Walton, 1991), “one certain way to rouse a group of language teachers to heated discussion is to question their attitude to correction. (…) the question of the teacher’s attitude to mistakes and correction is probably the single most important issue in a language teacher’s professional development.” I hope you’ll join me this March to discuss the fascinating –if a tad polemic– issue of error correction.
This mini-course will be divided into two meetings, on March 11 and 18, 2023, both Saturdays, from 1 to 4 p.m. (BRT). It will take place live, via Zoom, but a recording will be available for 15 days in case you cannot attend it live.
To register, click/tap here.
R$ 250,00, payable via a bank transfer or by credit card.
NB: Certificates are issued the following Monday exclusively to those who participate live in both sessions.
Bartram, M.; Walton, R. 1991. Correction: A Positive Approach to Language Mistakes. Hove: LTP Teacher Training.