Error Correction

THE FUTILITY OF ERROR CORRECTION

Why don’t foreign language teachers spend more time correcting the errors in students’ speech and writing?  Isn’t that what teachers are supposed to do?  Isn’t that our job, showing them where they are wrong? Well… No!  A language teacher’s job is to get the students to acquire the language, and that is done by supplying them with comprehensible input.  We use interesting, comprehensible, personalized language and then we let their brains sort it out.  When we do that, students acquire the language.  We do not need to correct them every time they make a mistake.  In fact, that kind of [...]

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THE FUTILITY OF ERROR CORRECTION

Why don't we spend more time correcting the errors in our students' speech and writing?  Isn't that what teachers are supposed to do?  Isn't that their job? Well.... NO!  A teacher's main job is to teach the students, and that is done by engaging them.  We try to use interesting, comprehensible, personalized language.  When we do that, students are compelled to learn the language.  We do not need to correct them every time they make a mistake.  And there is research to back this up. Studies by Stephen Pinker, a well-known expert on language acquisition at Harvard (formerly at M.I.T.), [...]