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What we need to know about student writers' grammar learning and correction
Chian-Wen Kao1; Barry Lee Reynolds2; (Mark) Feng Teng3
2019-07
Source PublicationApplied Linguistics Review
ISSN1868-6303
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The question of whether grammar learning and correction is effective for second language writing development depends on students' needs and tendency to study grammar. While the extent of the influence of grammar learning, grammar correction, and learner beliefs on second language writing for English as a second language settings and learners has been heavily debated, little of the research has considered the backgrounds and beliefs of English as a foreign language (EFL) learners. To explore factors that have influenced EFL students' writing, the current study investigated beliefs regarding grammar learning and correction of 306 EFL students studying at universities of science and technology. An exploratory factor analysis was performed on questionnaire data gathered from the Taiwanese EFL student writers. The analysis uncovered four significant factors including (1) emphasis on the connection between grammar learning and writing, (2) positive attitude towards analyses of grammar rules, (3) positive attitude towards written correction, and (4) negative attitude towards oral correction. Qualitative data gathered through ten open-ended questions further indicated that EFL student writers welcomed teachers' written correction of grammar errors especially when grammar correction was received for writing produced during writing tasks tailored to students' future work-related needs. Pedagogical implications and future materials development for university of science and technology EFL student writers were discussed.

KeywordEfl Learner Beliefs Exploratory Factor Analysis Grammar Correction Grammar Learning Second Language Writing
DOI10.1515/applirev-2019-0016
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Language英語English
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorBarry Lee Reynolds
Affiliation1.Department of Applied English,Chihlee University of Technology,New Taipei City,Taiwan
2.Faculty of Education,University of Macau,Taipa,Macao
3.Department of Education Studies,Hong Kong Baptist University,Kowloon,Hong Kong
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
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Chian-Wen Kao,Barry Lee Reynolds. What we need to know about student writers' grammar learning and correction[J]. Applied Linguistics Review,2019.
APA Chian-Wen Kao,Barry Lee Reynolds,&.(2019).What we need to know about student writers' grammar learning and correction.Applied Linguistics Review.
MLA Chian-Wen Kao,et al."What we need to know about student writers' grammar learning and correction".Applied Linguistics Review (2019).
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