Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number3   September 2021                                           Pp.308-322

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Teacher Electronic Written Corrective Feedback, Trends and Future Directions

Omar Abdullah Altamimi
center for Instructional Technology and Multimedia
Universiti Sains Malaysia. Malaysia
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Mona Masood
center for Instructional Technology and Multimedia
Universiti Sains Malaysia. Malaysia


Received: 7/21/2021                         Accepted:  8/30/2021             Published: 9/24/21

The past two decades witnessed increased attention in the role of Written Corrective Feedback (WCF) in improving the English as a second language(ESL) students’ written linguistic accuracy. Several methods were suggested, including the use of the electronic means of providing corrective feedback. The electronic methods proved to be effective despite the limited numbers and contexts. However, the extent of these studies is still unknown. Furthermore, no comprehensive review of the studies had been conducted to date. This systematic literature review will identify and classify the research on providing ESL teachers with Electronic Written Corrective Feedback (EWCF). A survey of several experimental and analytical studies that focused on testing the effect of different methods of EWCF on ESL students was conducted, covering the period between 2006 and 2020. Two major groups of studies emerged from this research, and several gaps were identified. The research concluded with several recommendations regarding the potential tracks for future research on EWCF. The current research will serve as a guideline for ESL writing practitioners and researchers on future teacher corrective feedback in second language writing.
Keywords: electronic corrective feedback, ESL/EFL learners, grammatical errors, systematic literature review, written errors

Cite as: Altamimi, O. A., & Masood, M. (2021). Teacher Electronic Written Corrective Feedback, Trends and Future Directions .
Arab World English Journal, 12 (3) 308-322.


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Received: 7/21/2021 
Accepted: 8/30/2021  
Published: 9/24/2021 

Omar Abdullah Altamimi is a PhD candidate, center for Instructional Technology and Multimedia. Universiti Sains Malaysia. Penang. Malaysia. His interest includes using affordable and accessible instructional technologies to help underprivileged ESL/ EFL students improving their writing skills.

Professor Mona Masood received her PhD in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, Bloomington and is currently the Deputy Director at the Centre for Instructional Technology and Multimedia, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Her research interest lies in Eye tracking, Human Computer Interaction, and Virtual Reality.