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ID : 469
Original submission :
Title : Computer-assisted analysis and teacher self-reflection: The contribution of a corpus of academic written feedback
Type : Paper (25 minutes)
Category : Individual session
Abstract :

The importance of ongoing teacher development through self-reflection has been a recurring theme in language education. Existing research has highlighted how teachers and student teachers collect information about their own teaching and examine their individual classroom practices (Richards & Lockhart, 1996; Farrell, 2015, 2019), with data comprising journals, lesson reports and audio or video recordings. This paper contributes to this body of research by considering a corpus approach to promoting teacher reflection. Specifically, the study to be reported in this paper demonstrates how a computer-assisted analysis of a corpus of written feedback enables an EAP instructor to study and understand her own feedback practices. A collection of 144 teacher feedback notes for first-year students at a university was analyzed using the corpus tool, WordSmith. Results suggest the use of specific expressions by the instructor and reveal how her feedback practices were often expressed through the use of hedging and modal verbs. Whilst the feedback was predominantly positively expressed and delivered, some comments in the negative form were also observed. The instructor’s reflection on her own practices is discussed. The paper concludes by recommending corpus approaches to self-reflection in teacher professional development, while offering some notes of caution in doing so.  



Keywords : corpus approaches to teacher self-reflection; teacher professional development; feedback practices; written feedback
Conference theme : Training language teachers in e-learning environments
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Main presenter : Dr. Kok Yueh Lee
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Affiliation : Universiti Teknologi Brunei (Brunei, Brunei)
Email address : chaumenghuat@yahoo.co.uk
Biography :

Dr LEE Kok Yueh is a lecturer at the Centre for Communication, Teaching and Learning, Universiti Teknnologi Brunei. Her research interests include genre and corpus analyses of spoken and written discourse in areas of communication and teaching and learning in higher education.


Co-presenters : Co-presenter (2) : Dr. Chau Meng Huat (University of Malaya) Co-presenter (3) : Dr. David Hassell (University of Bath (UK)) Co-presenter (4) : Mr. Man Deliang (University of Malaya)
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Date added : Monday, 1 April 2019, 2:14 AM
Date modified : Saturday, 27 July 2019, 8:19 PM
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Peer review :
Submission status : Accepted
Schedule number : 253-P
Schedule day : Aug 9th (Fri)
Schedule time : 16: 20 - 16: 45
Schedule duration : 25 mins
Schedule room name : B101
Schedule room seats : 40 seats
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