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Title: Is there a right way to deal with errors in second and foreign language learning?
Author: Rashid Nasser Al Maamari
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Homepage: www.squ.edu.om
Institution: Sultan Qaboos University
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Abstract: Errors and error correction has been one of the hottest areas in second/ foreign language learning and teaching and in first language acquisition as well. It has been a very sensitive and controversial issue because teachers’ and learners’ attitudes towards error and error correction differ depending on the teaching/ learning approach they adopt. Some of the early observational research in second language classroom examined teachers’ responses to learners’ errors. This focus follows logically from the shift in emphasis from contrastive analysis to error analysis. Actually, this shift has changed the entire look to errors and it has influenced the teachers’ and the researchers’ attitudes towards errors to a very great extent. According to Ellis (1985), the most significant contribution of error analysis lies in its success in elevating the status of errors from undesirability to that of a guide to the inner working of the language learning process. So, errors are viewed as evidence of the learner’s active contribution to second/foreign language learning rather than as a sign of learner’s inability to manage the new language as many teachers view it. In this paper, I will highlight the significance of errors in second/foreign language learning. I will also draw some attention to both teachers’ and students’ attitudes towards errors and error correction since these attitudes have a great impact on the entire learning process. Finally, I will explain in details some recommended techniques for error correction.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed


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