Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume.8 Number.1 March,                        Pp.55- 65
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol8no1.5

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The Role of Teacher-Student Conferencing in Improving Grammatical Accuracy in University EFL Students’ Composition Writing 

 Naima Hamlaoui
Department of English
Faculty of Letters, Human and Social Sciences
El-Bouni Campus
Badji Mokhtar University,
Annaba, Algeria 

Sarra Fellahi
Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of Letters and languages
Mohamed Lamine Debaghine University,  Sétif 2.
Sétif, Algeria

 

 Abstract :
Based on the value of teacher-student conferencing practice in writing classes, the study investigates the role of this practice in improving grammatical accuracy in EFL university students’ writing.  One particular aim of this study is to help second-year students at Sétif 2 University (Algeria) reduce subject-verb (S-V) disagreement and run-ons in their writing. Ten students took part in this study; they wrote 120 drafts, and were provided with teacher’s oral feedback on their written compositions at the editing stage. Corpora of students’ compositions were examined and instances of errors were counted before each conferencing session for four weeks. The findings reveal that the participants successfully show progress in grammatical accuracy over time to reach elimination for Subject-Verb disagreements and a significant reduction for run-ons.
Keywords: accuracy, feedback, grammar correction, teacher-student conferencing, writing

Cite as: Hamlaoui, N. Fellahi, S. (2017). The Role of Teacher-Student Conferencing in Improving Grammatical Accuracy in University EFL Students’ Composition Writing.  Arab World English Journal, 8 (1).
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol8no1.5

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Naima Hamlaoui is Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of English, at the
University Badji Mokhtar, Annaba, Algeria, where she teaches psycholinguistics, pragmatics and
research methodology to Master and Doctoral students. Her research and publications focus on
second language writing. She is also interested in technology and foreign language learning,
ESP, translation, and teacher education.