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    Smile Definition of Feedback

    Hi everyone,
    How can I give an academic definition to Feedback on ESL writing?
    I found just one definition by Kepner (1991) "any procedures used to inform a learner whether an instructional response is right or wrong.

    And I found another one by some Taiwanese researcher "one of the micro-environmental factors affecting the quality and rate of second language acquisition."

    Are there any other definitions?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Definition of Feedback

    Feed back is "the transmission of evaluative or corrective information about an action, event, or process to the original or controlling source; also : the information so transmitted" -Webster

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    Re: Definition of Feedback

    Feedback is " the information or statements of opinion about something, such as a new product, that provide an idea of whether it is successful or liked" CALD

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    Re: Definition of Feedback

    Quote Originally Posted by Hi_there_Carl View Post
    Feed back is "the transmission of evaluative or corrective information about an action, event, or process to the original or controlling source; also : the information so transmitted" -Webster
    Thanks, but I need a definition in the teaching methods field ...this seems a general definition since the source is Webster.

    Quote Originally Posted by beascarpetta View Post
    Feedback is " the information or statements of opinion about something, such as a new product, that provide an idea of whether it is successful or liked" CALD
    I am not sure if this is in the field...but thanks anyway...

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    Re: Definition of Feedback

    Students learn better when they can find out, as soon as possible, whether they are understanding a new topic or not. This means that a teacher should let each student know, individually, on a frequent basis, which areas of study he is doing well on, and which areas he needs to work harder on. This is how a teacher should provide feedback to students. It is unfortunate that many teachers, especially at the university level, feel that a mid-term grade and a final grade are the only feedback a student needs.

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    Re: Definition of Feedback

    Hi there...
    I am looking for a definition for feedback from researchers in ESL/ EFL teaching methods...

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    Smile Re: Definition of Feedback

    Feedback is any response a teacher may give for his or her students needs.

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    Re: Definition of Feedback

    Thanks for the definition but do you have any idea of who said that and in what paper or at least give the year of the paper... (I need it badly)

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    Re: Definition of Feedback

    Well, I found paraphrases of it in
    "Response to Student Writing: Implications for Second Language Students", by Dana Ferris,p.123
    and again in
    Arthur L. Costa's "The School as a Home for the Mind" p.53
    hope this helps
    Last edited by beascarpetta; 14-Dec-2007 at 15:47.

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    Re: Definition of Feedback


    Ferris again! Wow! Thanks anyway...

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