Effects of Teachers' Written Corrective Feedback on the Writing Achievement of First-Year Ethiopian University Students release_7msbiqipx5gd5ewojmwhovysta

by Baymot Mekuriaw Wondim, Kassie Shifere Bishaw, Yinager Teklesellassie Zeleke

Published in Education Research International by Hindawi Limited.

2023   Volume 2023, p1-13


An increasing number of studies have confirmed that written corrective feedback (hereafter WCF) is vital for improving learners' L2 writing. However, many scholars could not agree whether this improvement was due to direct, indirect, or both forms of WCF. Thus, this study first investigated the role of WCF students' writing achievement; it then investigated if there was a statistically significant difference in writing achievement between groups that received direct and indirect WCF forms. To this end, a quasi-experimental research design involving three intact first-year classes from a university found in northwest Ethiopia was used. Two experimental groups and one comparison group of learners were participants in this study. Test scores analyzed by analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) revealed that WCF has an influential role in enhancing learners' writing performance. Moreover, this study showed that learners in the direct WCF accompanied by a metalinguistic explanation group outperformed their counterparts in the indirect WCF group in writing paragraphs. Based on the study's findings, it is possible to conclude that the provision of WCF is vital in the Ethiopian context; moreover, learners could benefit more from using linguistic structures correctly if metalinguistic explanations accompany the provision of direct WCF.
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