JOHN WHEELER (MACAU POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE)

YOUR FEEDBACK MY FEEDBACK? SHARING APPROACHES TO CORRECTING STUDENT WRITING : LANGUAGE LEARNING

In my work in teacher education and academic management it has been readily apparent that teachers approach feedback to student writing in radically different ways. These can vary from 'teacher as language expert and proof-reader' to a laissez-faire approach, which expects students to correct their work completely autonomously. This workshop will aim to examine how teachers approach feedback to the same short piece of student writing in different ways and discuss the beliefs, which inform the decisions made. The fact that teachers mark work differently should not be seen as a weakness, but should still be the result of a coherent theory about how students' writing can be improved in the long term, beyond the scope of a single assignment. The aim of this workshop is to share ideas about how this can best be done

John Wheeler is an ESP trainer at Macao Polytechnic Institute. He has a Masters Degree in TESOL and Applied Linguistics from the University of Portstmouth UK. He has presented at conferences in Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand. Cambodia and Macao. His area of special interest is teacher development.